Contribution: $1 million to the Priorities USA Action SuperPAC.

How rich is she? The 59-year-old retiree has an alleged net worth of $120 million, according to Forbes Magazine. She resides in a modest three-bedroom condo on Coral Way that cost $1.1 million back in 2004.

Source of her riches: In 1847, her family established the Stiefel Medicinal Soap Co. By 1977, the company, now specializing in dermatology products, relocated to Coral Gables and grew into an international giant with $180 million in annual sales. In 2009, her family cashed out, selling to United Kingdom-based GlaxoSmithKline for $3.6 billion.

Political infamy: None. Stiefel's been a ghost until she dropped a Brink's truck of cash on Obama's reelection efforts.

What does she gain from an Obama win? The SuperPAC getting her cash promises to "draw clear contrasts between progressive policies and those of the far right," so maybe she's a do-gooder liberal at heart? Nah, she's probably angling for a pillow party in the Lincoln bedroom.

Rich Guys for Romney:

Donor: Bill Koch, the 72-year-old industrialist who owns Palm Beach-based Oxbow Carbon, one of the world's largest providers of natural gas, coal, and petroleum.

Contributions: $3 million to the Restore Our Future SuperPAC.

How rich is he? He's more bawse than Rick Ross. The MIT grad has a net worth of $4 billion, according to Forbes, and lives in a $25.9 million mansion in Palm Beach. He dropped $2.3 million for the world's only known photograph of Billy the Kid and spent $65 million more to man his own sailing team in the 1992 America's Cup, which he won. Oh, and he built himself his own 420-acre Western ghost town on his 6,400-acre ranch in Colorado, complete with a saloon and church.

Source of his riches: He sold his stake in Koch Industries to his brothers Charles and David for $470 million in 1983. His current company, Oxbow, produces $4 billion in annual revenues.

Political infamy: His billionaire brothers are the sugar daddies behind the Tea Party movement, funneling more than $100 million to right-wing causes.

What does he gain from a Romney win? In addition to keeping his Bush-era tax cuts alive, Koch will also profit from the Republican nominee's energy platform. It calls for loosening the regulations and permitting process for oil and natural gas exploration in the nation's national reserves, as well as amending the Clean Air Act to exclude the regulation of carbon.

Donor: Irving Moskowitz, multimillionaire Orthodox Jewish doctor from Miami Beach.

Contributions: $1 million to the American Crossroads SuperPAC.

How rich is he? Moskowitz and his wife own a $5.4 million, seven-bedroom, six-bathroom Spanish-style mega-villa on North Bay Road. Through his Moskowitz Foundation, which has $52 million in assets, he has given more than $30 million toward Jewish expansion groups in Israel.

Source of his riches: The retired physician opened the first hospital in the depressed town of Hawaiian Gardens, California, becoming a local hero. Then town officials turned to Moskowitz in 1988 to run a money-losing bingo parlor, which he turned into a $10 million-a-year bonanza.

Political infamy: In 1997, he sparked a crisis for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu by purchasing a house in eastern Jerusalem and allowing Jewish settlers to move in. Right-wingers threatened to abandon Netanyahu if he evicted them, and his police commissioner warned that Moskowitz's move could "trigger riots and a renewal of the Palestinian intifada." In 2010, while President Obama was meeting with Netanyahu, Moskowitz orchestrated the demolition of the historic Shepherd Hotel in East Jerusalem for a new Jewish apartment complex. The move, which violated agreements with Palestinians, put Obama in a pickle.

What would he gain from a Romney win? Mitt wouldn't block Moskowitz's efforts to colonize more of the Holy Land with Jewish settlers.

Donor: Miguel Fernandez, chairman of MBF Health Care Partners, a Coral Gables-based private equity firm.

Contribution: $1 million to the Restore Our Future Super PAC.

How rich is he? Fernandez owns two gargantuan waterfront castles: a $36.3 million, eight-bedroom, ten-bathroom mansion on five acres in Cocoplum and a $5.8 million, ten-bedroom, nine-bathroom palace in Coconut Grove with its own private beachhead. He's also the owner of the Little River Plantation, an exclusive 4,000-acre camping and hunting ranch in the hills between Tallahassee and Havana, Florida.

Source of his riches: Fernandez is a master flipper of companies offering health-care services. In 1975, he founded Group Tech Systems, a national insurance database, which he soon flipped for a huge profit. In 2003, his Physicians Healthcare Plans sold for $178 million. The next year, Fernandez hit the big time by selling another firm, CarePlus Health Plans, to Humana for a cool $408 million. His current company, MBF, has $500 million in capital to invest in start-up health-care efforts.

Political infamy: In 2008, the Federal Election Commission fined two of Fernandez's former companies, CarePlus and CAC-Florida Medical Centers, $128,000 for improper contributions to Alex Penelas' failed U.S. Senate campaign. According to the FEC, Fernandez "directed his executive assistant to carry out tasks during work hours, using corporate resources to plan a fundraiser for the Penelas Committee and also permitted corporate funds to be spent on the fundraiser."

What does he gain from a Romney win? The abolition of Obamacare would add to the bottom line of Fernandez's health-care empire.

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Registered_Voter
Registered_Voter

Let's be honest with the world when discussing the purchase of votes.  What do you think Obamo did with an underfunded healthcare law named after himself?  Do you think it coincidental that the person taking his state seat had issues getting into office?

fred67
fred67

Making it easier to vote also makes it easier to cheat.  Look at welfare and medicaid, disability social security and medicare, disaster relief...TRUST BUT VERIFY.  This should be your guide in ever aspect of life..love, marriage, money AND POLITICS.   EARLY VOTING SHOULD BE FRIDAY TIL TUES. IF YOU CAN'T GET THERE BY THEN YOU PROBABLY WOULDN'T MAKE IT IF YOU WERE GIVEN A MONTH. Absentee ballots should be issue to people who are really going to be absent from their voting place. Voting by other mail should not be allowed.  Registration should be in person with documentation.  I've said it before if you gave a ham or turkey for each person at the polls who voted you'd get a bigger turnout.

drakemallard
drakemallard topcommenter

No More Games in Government," they've created a system based completely on bribery. Now, if we do bribery, it's hypocrisy. If we do bribery in the private sector, we go to jail. Yet, their entire political system is based upon bribery. Who can bribe and give the most money to the politician and now, thanks to our illustrious Supreme Court that ruled that corporations have the same right as individuals and that money is free speech, well, we're now being inundated with so much money from the corporations buying the Democrats and Republicans, both sides, that -- look at this hypothetically, a foreign country could now control our elections, because all they would have to do is form a corporation, start pumping money into the super PACs. Plus there's no -- they don't have to say where the money comes from, which is criminal. Every candidate should have to state openly, open disclosure where they get every dollar. You're not getting that now. So the whole system is corrupted now. The Democrats and Republicans are at fault because they've been in charge for 150 years. They can't pass the buck on it. And until they clean up the system, that's what you've got, it's bribery.

 
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