Well that answers my question

Given the US has the best government that money can buy–I have to admit to musing about which billionaires wielded more power in US politics this evening: The Koch Bros. or George Soros.

It seems an interesting coincidence that Open Secrets published a piece about just that topic: Spencer MacColl’s Capital Rivals: Koch Brothers vs. George Soros.

Of course, the Koch Bros are rather infamous in their support of right wing-libertarian causes as Jane Mayer’s piece in the New Yorker pointed out. On the other hand, one has to factor in Soros on the left (note: he contributes to the Center for Responsive Politics, which publishes open secrets)

The article concluded that:

given the difficultly in tracking donations to nonprofits and charitable organizations, it’s almost impossible to quantify whether the Koch brothers or Soros dominate this political realm. That said, both the Kochs and Soros have spent incredible riches and this area with no sign of stopping.

I have to admit that the Kochs seem more “influential” in my opinion: especially in regard to the “gun rights” issue. The gun control crowd hardly has the finances which the “gun rights” crowd has. Additionally, the gun rights crowd has far more influence over the media and is able to control the “debate” on this issue.

I have to admit this is beginning to sound a bit like the plot from Ralph Nader’s Only the Super-Rich Can Save Us!, which is bit disheartening.

It would be lovely if the US was truly a democracy, but unfortunately its citizens are far too ignorant for that ever to happen. As Jane Mayer’s article said at its conclusion:

“What they don’t say is that, in part, this is a grassroots citizens’ movement brought to you by a bunch of oil billionaires.”

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