Hillary’s Top Funders: James Simons


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James Simons, founder of Renaissance Technologies is a major contributor to Democratic super PACs. Renaissance Technologies has donated over $2 million to the campaign and Euclidean Capital, also owned by Simons, has given over $7 million.

James Simons was one of the top two hedge fund managers in 2015 and many other top dollar makers have joined the mathematician in supporting Hillary Clinton. James Simons has been labeled the smartest billionaire in the world but unlike his billionaire comrades, he never was one to switch alliances.

A number of deep pocketed elites have been giving up the donations because Hillary Clinton has been deemed the only candidate of either party that is establishment friendly. In response, the Clinton campaign has formed a group dubbed “Republicans for Clinton” to reach wealthy GOP donors.

Simons has always been a large donor to Priorities USA Action. He contributed $5 million to the super PAC when the focus was on President Obama. He has also donated $3 million to Majority PAC and $1.5 million to House Majority PAC, both pro-Democratic super PACs. While you will not hear Simons go on about his support of a particular candidate, he has said that he is not “seeking any publicity” in the matter and “the donations can speak for themselves.”

James Simons is not without controversy. The billionaire has been criticized and accused of a number of transgressions, including tax evasion. In 2009 and in 2014, Simons was questioned by investors on the dramatic performance gap of his funds and was condemned by both parties by the US Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations for the use of complex barriers to shield day to day trading.



Hillary’s Top Funders: George Soros


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Controversial hedge fund executive and philanthropist, George Soros has donated over $8 million directly and indirectly to boost Hillary Clinton’s campaign including one single check for $6 million to super PAC Priorities USA Action. Soros has made multiple $1 million donations to other Clinton-backing super PAC groups, but the amount of money Soros has donated is not necessarily what sets him apart from other donors.

In 2004, George Soros was not hesitant to spend big money on ousting then President George Bush. After spending over $20 million and failing to get Bush out of office, Soros dialed back on his political spending. In 2012 he gave only $1 million to Priorities USA which was dedicated to Obama’s reelection at the time. According to Clinton ally’s Soros has admitted to regretting his decision not to back Hillary at the time and later wrote in an email that he was appreciative of the chance to discuss policy.

Priorities USA is essentially a super PAC dedicated to airing ads attacking Clinton’s opponents. Last year it had earned over $15 million in the first half of the year to support Clinton and her campaign. Soros also contributed to American Bridge 21st Century which is an opposition super PAC founded by Clinton supporter and long-time Soros associate David Brock. An adviser to Soros has also stated that he has donated a hefty sum to America Votes which is a liberal non-profit group that mobilizes voters around issue and election campaigns.

Soros has been alarmed by Trump’s successful campaign and is all but pouring money into the 2016 year to help Hillary Clinton and other democrats. A spokesperson for Soros has said that there is no single reason for the increase in spending, but George Soros has been very vocal regarding his views on the Republican candidates for the upcoming presidential election.



Hillary’s Top Funders: J.B. And M.K. Pritzker


Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, left, speaks as J.B. Pritzker looks on at the Economic Club of Chicago in Chicago on Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014. Clinton lent a hand to Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn's re-election campaign Wednesday with a fundraiser and a quick, controlled public appearance in a chat over coffee. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Billionaire Clinton backer J.B. Pritzker has said that he will do whatever he can to stop Donald Trump from winning the presidential election. Pritzker is an heir to the Hyatt hotel fortune and is also a private investor. J.B. and his wife Mary Kathryn – or M.K. – are among the top Clinton donors contributing almost $3 million to Priorities USA, a political action committee (super PAC) that supports Clinton and can legally take unlimited donations.

In January, they started their contributions by donating $1 million each and admitted they will continue to donate more if needed. It was unclear how far the billionaire was willing to go, but he did state that this election was the most important election of his life. The Pritzker family is a wealthy and politically active family. The family is said to be worth upwards of $30 billion. While J.B. Pritzker has not come out to say how much the rest of his family has contributed to the campaigns, he has said that his family is more or less split in half between Republicans and Democrats. Incidentallyy, his older sister is billionaire Democrat and Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker.

A majority of Clinton’s billionaire supporters have had a history with Trump and the Pritzker family is no different. The two names partnered back in the 70s for an acquisition of the Commodore Hotel in NY and turned it into a Hyatt. It was the first large deal Trump had to his name and really one of the first stepping stone for Trump, but the relationship reportedly soured and things quickly went awry.

J.B. Pritzker was also the national co-chairman of the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign of 2008 and has even opened up his private residence for Clinton fundraising. Pritzker is among the select group of Chicago-area supporters known as bundlers. They gather up smaller contributions into one lump sum.



Hillary’s Top Funders: Barbara F. Lee


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Women’s advocate and philanthropist Barbara Lee has donated over $1.1 million. Barbara Lee of Cambridge is one of two female mega-donors that do not lean right. Lee is also part of the Hillblazers group of 159 key supporters. The group is dedicated to raise $100,000 or more from their friends and business colleagues to support Clinton.

Barbara Lee is considered one of the country’s biggest experts on women and politics. Since 1998 the Barabara Lee Family Foundation and political office has helped elect over 130 women in 30 states. She also co-founded The White House Project which ran ads in women’s magazines promoting potential female presidential candidates. The ads included Elizabeth Dole and Hillary Clinton.

For over 15 years, Lee’s foundation has done extensive research into bettering women’s capabilities to be elected into political office. It also conducted a pioneering study to help women identify the personal traits and actions that help candidates bounce back from a loss.

Lee is also a fundraising powerhouse. In 2015, she was listed as the third most generous female donor with contributions to groups like Priorities USA Action, Clinton’s main super PAC, and Ready for Hillary, a super PAC that was designed to help Clinton’s candidacy. Lee has also donated to other liberal super PACs dedicated to helping Clinton like the American Bridge 21st Century and Correct the Record. “I’m a big fan of Hillary,” Lee said. “I have known her both personally and professionally for a long time and I think she would make an amazing president.”

Barbara Lee has even gone so far as to host multiple fundraisers at her summer home on Martha’s Vineyard. The 2008 fundraising extravaganza was what some say helped Clinton defeat Obama in the Massachusetts primary. Lee has many other fundraising efforts geared towards women in politics including Women’s Senate. The connections are expected to benefit Clinton greatly.



Hillary’s Top Funders: Haim And Cheryl Saban


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Breitbart reported that $6.4 million has been contributed to Hillary Clinton by the entertainment mogul and his wife. Cheryl Saban is a woman’s advocate and author while Haim Saban is the CEO of Saban Capital Group. The money has been donated to Clinton’s official campaign, the pro-Clinton super PAC Priorities USA, and smaller Democrat Party committees. “It’s important to me for the industry to know what I’m doing for Hillary, how committed I am,” he told reporters. “I want my number to be out there so others will be inspired to do the same.”

Haim and Cheryl Saban have donated the maximum amount allowed to a number of smaller Democratic organizations. The $6.4 million does not include  a private fundraiser the couple held at their Beverly Hills mansion. The $2,700 per plate evening was reportedly attended by over 700 individuals and brought in $1.9 for Clinton’s campaign.

Haim has no problem throwing his weight and money around in support for Hillary. He has donated millions directly to her campaign and to the Democratic Party in general. Mr. Saban is well ahead of his media mogul comrades. Steven Spielberg and Jeffrey Katzenberg have each given $1 million to Priorities and directory JJ Abrams and his wife gave $500,000 each. Smaller contributions have been made by the likes of Jane Fonda while George Clooney has hosted fundraisers at his home.

The Saban couple has a long history of contributing to Hillary Clinton. While Clinton was serving as Secretary of State from 2009 to 2013, the Saban Family Foundation paid the Clinton Foundation more than $7 million and listed over $30 million in “grants and contributions approved for future payment.” Since 2009, the Clintons have both given speeches at Saban Family Foundation forums and Hillary has delivered a major policy address on Israel at one such forum. In 2013, Cheryl Saban joined the Clinton Foundation’s Board.