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USA’s Top Public Political Donors Revealed

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NEW YORK, Oct. 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — As the US Supreme Court considers whether to remove limits on individuals’ contributions to candidates, political parties and political action committees, Wealth-X today released a list of the top five public political donors leading up to the 2012 elections and since then.

From December 2011 to December 2012, conservative-leaning business mogul Sheldon Adelson, CEO of Las Vegas Sands, along with his wife Miriam, were the top public donors with US$96,417,000 in political contributions – equivalent to 0.42 percent of their estimated US$23 billion fortune.

Next on the list is multibillionaire Harold Simmons, chairman of the Contran corporation, along with his wife Annette, who donated US$32,603,800 to conservative candidates and causes, followed by media magnate Fred Eychaner, who gaveUS$13,207,000 to liberal campaigns – amounting to 0.43 percent and 2.75 percent of their total net worth, respectively.

Since the 2012 elections, political contributions have generally tapered off, but many ultra wealthy individuals continue to pour their money into politics.

The top public political donor from January 2013 to October 2013 was New York City mayor and business tycoon Michael Bloomberg. The political independent – who ranked fourth on the list of donors leading up to the 2012 elections – gaveUS$2,265,867 of his US$21 billion fortune to various candidates and causes in 2013.

Below are the top two public political donors in the year preceding the 2012 US elections and since then:

From 01-Dec-2011 To 01-Dec-2012
Name Amount
Donated
Estimated Net
Worth
Political
Leaning
Sheldon & Miriam Adelson $96,417,000 $23,200,000,000 Conservative
Harold & Annette Simmons $32,603,800 $7,500,000,000 Conservative
From 01-Jan-2013 To 10-Oct-2013
Michael Bloomberg $2,265,867 $21,400,000,000 Independent
Thomas Meyer & Kathryn
Taylor (wife)
$1,857,400 $1,300,000,000 Liberal

Conspicuously absent from the list are notable billionaire political donors such as brothers David and Charles Koch, the politically-conservative owners of oil, gas, and chemical conglomerate Koch Industries, and liberal-leaning financier George Soros. Sources suggest that these individuals may channel their contributions through foundations or organizations that keep their donors’ identities private.

For the full list, visit http://www.wealthx.com/articles/2013/wealth-x-reveals-usas-top-public-political-donors/

Two Men in the News. One is a Hero.

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This week the media is all aflutter over the idea that one obscure basketball player has admitted he is gay. Jason Collins, the little used center for the Washington Wizards decided the world needs to know his sexual orientation. Prior to this announcement the season averaging 1.1 point bench player was a relative unknown to most. A cynical person might even question if this coming out was a political move meant to help job security. Still, this story skyrocketed through all the news outlets and its popularity even garnered Collins a phone call from the president.

A second news story actually happened weeks ago but has barely made it to major news. In this story, a college senior shot putter freely and willingly gave up the most important meet cameron lyleof his career.

Why?

To give a life-saving bone marrow donation to a complete stranger. It’s sad that you haven’t heard about Cameron Lyle from the University of New Hampshire.

When Lyle realized that medical procedure would end his sports career he stated matter-of-factly, “It’s just a sport. Life is much more important than that. So it was pretty easy.”

The man who needs his help is said to have only six months to live without the lifesaving marrow implant.

Two stories. One getting all kinds of press. One receiving little. But one is a true hero.

Share the name of a true hero: Cameron Lyle.