Surprise: Rich Donors Leaned Democrat in the Midterms

Well, the data is in, and it is clear yet again: the really rich donors leaned Democrat this midterm election. With all the propaganda pouring out of the mills about Republican Super PACs, and Citizens United, and the Koch brothers, and GOP cronyism, and blah blah blah, you would think that the only supporters of the Democrats were grassroots donors and individuals in the poor and middle class. Nope. Other way around, it seems:

The two biggest super PACs of 2014? Senate Majority PAC and House Majority PAC — both backing Democrats.

In all, the top 10 individual donors to outside groups injected almost $128 million into this year’s elections. Democratic-leaning groups collected $91 million of it.

Among the 183 groups that wrote checks of $100,000 or more to another group, Democrats had a 3-to-1 cash advantage. The biggest player was the National Education Association, at $22 million. Not a single Republican-leaning group cracked the top 10 list of those transferring money to others.

Hmmmm. So, if the Democrats are the party of the people (as their name would suggest), why is it that they have the most support from the ultra-wealthy? Good question. Maybe it’s because they are the party of the people in name only, but they actually serve the interests of a small ruling elite?

That would make a whole lot of sense from their policies. But wait, don’t they give so much to the poor. No. They don’t. They force us to, yes, but what has that actually done for the poor? Not a whole lot actually. The poor have less now than ever. They are more dependent on the civil government than ever. They vote Democrat faithfully.

Don’t get me wrong. I think the Republicans are guilty of crony capitalism. But the Democrats are guilty of crony populism. One party generally values money. And the other values power. I don’t know which is worse. But they have certainly convinced us all they have our best interests at heart. News flash: they don’t.