Who are the top Super PAC donors? According to rootstrikers.org, there have been 26 donors (so far) who have given almost 50% of all Super PAC money. Who knows how many are giving secretly to the 501(c)4 “social welfare organizations”? Here is a link to a post on the Rootstrikers blog that shows the names and occupations of those 26 donors (be sure to click on the image in the blog post to enlarge it):
You may notice that the Koch brothers aren’t in this graphic.
According to Szelena Gray at Rootstrikers, the graphic deals with Presidential Super PACs, and the Koch brothers primarily donate to Congressional races.
Also, John Lesko writes in a comment:
And for those who naively think that money in politics suddenly became a serious problem just recently, just ask an old guy like me what things were like in the 1960’s and 1970’s. For example, here is an interesting quote and paraphrase from a recent book on nutrition and how lobby money ended former Senator George McGovern’s career: “I’ve just made the biggest mistake of my political career,” he said. He had agreed to preside over the congressional committee responsible for drawing up public health recommendations on nutrition. The experts who had testified for the committee had presented straightforward results. . . . with the best of intentions, the committee had published a report that seemed grounded in common sense. In its “Dietary Goals for the United States,” it naively recommended “lowering the consumption of meat and dairy products.” . . . He had sparked the fury of the entire beef and dairy cattle industry of the United States. . . . Three years later, the subsidies from the powerful cattle industry went to his political opponent, ending his career as a senator. . . . the only message the public received was the one the industry sends when it doesn’t want anything to change: “The experts [the ones against were all financed by the industry] don’t agree.” From: Anticancer: A New Way of Life, by David Servan-Schreiber, MD, PhD, Viking c 2009, Pages 130 & 131.