Undressing Mitt Romney’s Super Friends with Ruby

With the new campaign finance laws, it seems we’re experiencing a whole new election. Negative campaign ads are rampent, being run by these “SuperPACs”. The candidates claim these are independent of their campaigns, so I dug into a wonderful New York Times website dedicated to campaign finance to see if there was anything interesting.

On the NYT website, they show the SuperPACs and what their putting their money into. Namely, attacking the opponent or supporting the candidate. I’m interested in the attacking the opponent figures, as this seems to be the dirtiest tricks in the book.

Here are the top four SuperPACs attacking the other candidate totaled:

Supporting Obama, Attacking Romney (in millions)

24.5m (Priorities USA Action)
 2.4m (SEIU COPE)
 0.7m (MoveOn.org Political Action)
 0.6m (Service Employees International Union PEA Federal)
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28.2m Attacking Romney

Supporting Romney, Attacking Obama (in millions)

30.8m (Americans for Prosperity)
28.5m (Restore Our Future, Inc.)
24.2m (Republican National Committee)
15.9m (American Crossroads)
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99.4m Attacking Obama

What interesting numbers! The top two Republican SuperPACs have each spent more than the entire top Democratic SuperPACs, combined. For no other purpose than to attack the opponent. In total, the top Republican SuperPACs are spending 3.5 times more money attacking Obama than Democratic SuperPACs are to attack Romney.

The main Romney SuperPAC, Restore Our Future, Inc., was founded by Romney’s aides in 2010. Hell, they even have buttons for four, five, and even six figure donations on their website. Take a look for yourself:

The New York Times site actually lists the donors for this SuperPAC founded by Romney Aides. Let’s use Ruby to see what we can find out about these people. I’ve written a ruby script to scrape the site, parse the donors list, and print it to a readable format on the screen:

require 'mechanize'
url    = 'http://elections.nytimes.com/2012/campaign-finance/pac/restore-our-future'
scrape = Mechanize.new
page   = scrape.get(url)
donors = Array.new

page.parser.xpath('//ul[@class="donor-list"]/li').each do |donor|
  amount = donor.xpath('div[@class="amount"]').children.text.gsub(/\n/,'').strip
  name   = donor.xpath('div[@class="name"]').children.text.gsub(/\n/,'').strip
  blurb  = donor.xpath('div[@class="blurb"]').children.text.gsub(/\n/,'').strip
  donors << { :name     => name,
              :donation => amount,
              :about    => blurb
  }
end

def print_donor(donor)
  puts "%-43s | %10s | %s" % [ donor[:name] , donor[:donation] , donor[:about] ]
  puts "-" * 100
end

donors.each do |d|
  print_donor(d)
end

And now for the output:

Alexs-MacBook-Pro:superpacr Alex$ ruby get_donors.rb
Bob J. Perry                                |      $8.0m | Houston homebuilder who was a major financier of Swift Boat Veterans for Truth in 2004.
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Sheldon Adelson                             |      $5.0m | Billionaire casino owner and Newt Gingrich’s longtime friend and patron.
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Miriam Adelson                              |      $5.0m | Physician; wife of Sheldon Adelson.
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Oxbow Carbon LLC                            |      $1.8m | An oil and gas company based in West Palm Beach, Fla. It was founded by William Koch, the brother of David H. and Charles Koch, wealthy conservative businessmen and founders of Americans for Prosperity.
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Julian Robertson                            |      $1.2m | Founder of Tiger Management, a hedge fund.
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Kenneth C. Griffin                          |      $1.1m | Founder and chief executive of Citadel LLC.
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Richard Marriott                            |      $1.0m | Chairman of Host Hotels & Resorts. In 2010, Mr. Marriott and his wife gave Mr. Romney more than $200,000 through the state-based affiliates of Mr. Romney's federal PAC, Free and Strong America.
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Rocco Ortenzio                              |      $1.0m | Pennsylvania health care executive.
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Rooney Holdings Inc.                        |      $1.0m | Private investment firm based in Tulsa, Okla. Its chief executive is Francis Rooney, a former U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican.
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John Kleinheinz                             |      $1.0m | Founder of hedge fund Kleinheinz Capital Partners.
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James S. Davis                              |      $1.0m | Chairman of New Balance Athletic Shoe Inc.
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John Childs                                 |      $1.0m | Chairman and chief executive of J.W. Childs Associates, a private equity firm.
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Paul Singer                                 |      $1.0m | Manager of Elliot Associates hedge fund. Tried last year to recruit New Jeresey Gov. Chris Christie to run for president. He has given hundreds of thousands to fund state fights to legalize gay marriage.
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Steven Webster                              |      $1.0m | Co-managing partner and co-chief executive officer of Avista Capital Partners, a private equity firm.
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Robert Mercer                               |      $1.0m | Co-chief executive at Renaissance Technologies Corp., a hedge fund company.
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Renco Group Inc.                            |      $1.0m | Privately held holding company whose investments include mining, jewelry and defense equipment firms.
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F8 LLC                                      |      $1.0m | Shares a Provo, Utah, address with Eli Publishing Inc., which leads to an accounting firm.
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Eli Publishing Inc.                         |      $1.0m | Connected to Steven J. Lund, a top executive at Nu Skin Enterprises.
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Huron Carbon LLC                            |      $1.0m | Shares a West Palm Beach, Fla addres with Oxbow Carbon, an oil and gas company founded by William Koch, who has been a donor to the super PAC.
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Melaleuca                                   |      $1.0m | An Idaho-based health and wellness products company; donations were made under the names of four associated companies.
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Robert T. Brockman                          |      $1.0m | Chairman and chief executive of Reynolds and Reynolds, maker of computer systems for auto dealerships.
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Larry H. Miller Group of Companies          |   $987,000 | Located in Sandy, Utah.
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Harold Hamm                                 |   $985,000 | Chief executive of Continental Resources, an Oklahoma oil company.
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Lawrence Finch                              |   $850,000 | Wyoming private investor.
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Harold Simmons                              |   $800,000 | Dallas billionaire who was among the top donors to Gov. Rick Perry of Texas.
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Chris W. Shumway                            |   $750,000 | Founder and chief executive of Shumway Capital Investments and protege of Julian Robertson.
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Crow Holdings, LLC                          |   $650,000 | A real estate investment firm headed by the Trammell Crow family of Dallas.
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David Humphreys                             |   $500,000 | President and chief executive of TAMKO Building Products, based in Joplin, Mo.
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Paul Edgerley                               |   $500,000 | Managing director at Bain Capital. Married to Sandra Edgerley.
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Sandra Edgerley                             |   $500,000 | Worked at Bain & Company, a consulting company founded by Bill Bain, for 10 years. Married to Paul Edgerley.
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Mike Fernandez                              |   $500,000 | Chairman of MBF Healthcare Partners, a private equity firm.
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Bruce Kovner                                |   $500,000 | Founder of Caxton Associates, a hedge fund.
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Grace Evenstad                              |   $500,000 | Owner of Oregon winery Domaine Serene.
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Sarah Atkins                                |   $500,000 | A director at TAMKO Building Products, a Missouri roofing manufacturer.
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Warren Stephens                             |   $500,000 | Owner of Arkansas investment bank Stephens Inc.
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Louis Moore Bacon                           |   $500,000 | Founder of Moore Capital. Topped a British list of the richest hedge fund managers in 2010.
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MBF Family Investments                      |   $500,000 | Connected to Mike Fernandez, whose private equity firm, MBF Healthcare Partners, shares the same address. The news media in Florida reported that this investment group gave $250,000 to Rick Scott in 2010 for his gubernatorial campaign.
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Bill Marriott                               |   $500,000 | Chairman and chief executive officer of Marriott International.
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Geoff Palmer                                |   $500,000 | A Los Angeles real-estate developer. His company, G.H. Palmer Associates, also contributed in 2011.
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David Lisonbee                              |   $500,000 | Founder of a 4Life Research, a Utah vitamin supplements company
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A. Jerrold Perenchio                        |   $500,000 | Billionaire and former chairman of Univision.
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Stephen Zide                                |   $500,000 | A managing director of Bain Capital since 2001 and a member of the firm since 1997.
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Joseph W. Craft                             |   $500,000 | President and chief executive of Alliance Holdings, a coal producer.
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Trammell S. Crow                            |   $500,000 | President of Crow Family Foundation and former real estate developer.
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Mercury Trust                               |   $425,000 | An affiliate of Fox Paine and Company, a California-based buyout firm, run by Saul Fox.
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Kevin Rollins                               |   $375,000 | Senior advisor at TPA Private Equity.
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David Tepper                                |   $375,000 | President of Appaloosa Management, a hedge fund.
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Robert Pence                                |   $350,000 | President of The Pence Group Inc., a real estate development company based in McLean, Va.
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Philip H. Geier                             |   $350,000 | Founder of the Geier Group, a marketing and communications consulting firm. Chairman and chief executive officer of Interpublic, a global advertising and marketing services company, from 1977 to 2000.
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Renee B. Morse                              |   $350,000 | Owner of The Villages retirement community and corporation.
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William Keough                              |   $300,000 | President and chief executive of Michigan-based Atmosphere Group Inc.
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Darlene Jordan                              |   $300,000 | Palm Beach, Fla., attorney.
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W/F Investment Corp.                        |   $275,000 | Private equity firm.
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Janet J. Duchossois                         |   $250,000 | Oak Brook, Ill.
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William Koch                                |   $250,000 | Founder and leader of Oxbow Group, a private energy company. He is a brother of Charles G. and David H. Koch, the secretive billionaire businessmen who have contributed significant sums to conservative causes. Over a decade ago, he accused Charles and David of cheating him in a business deal and sued them for $2 billion.
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Jenzabar Inc.                               |   $250,000 | A software company. Its chief executive is Robert A. Maginn Jr., the chairman of the Massachusetts Republican Party, the finance co-chairman of Mr. Romney's last presidential campaign and a former senior partner and director at Bain & Company.
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Paumanok Partners LLC                       |   $250,000 | Located in New Canaan, Conn. and linked to William Laverack Jr., chairman and chief executive of Laverack Capital Partners.
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Robert C. Wetenhall                         |   $250,000 | Chairman of McConnell Wetenhall Co., Inc.
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Paul Fireman                                |   $250,000 | Chairman of Fireman Capital Partners, a private equity firm.
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Leslie H. Wexner                            |   $250,000 | Founder and chairman of the Limited Inc., the apparel retailer.
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John Connaughton                            |   $250,000 | Joined Bain Capital in 1989. Has been a managing director since 1997.
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Fair Oaks Finance, LLC                      |   $250,000 | Hamilton, Mont. firm.
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Domenic Ferrante                            |   $250,000 | Joined Bain Capital in 1993. Currently a managing director.
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Richard Baxter Gilliam                      |   $250,000 | Founder of Cumberland Reources
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The Villages of Lake Sumter Inc.            |   $250,000 | Retirement community in Florida.
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William Laverack Jr.                        |   $250,000 | Founder of Laverack Capital Partners, an investment firm. Mr. Laverack has also been linked to a 2011 contribution to the super PAC by Paumanok Partners LLC.
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David Mugar                                 |   $250,000 | New England businessman and chief executive of Mugar Enterprises.
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Jeffrey Sprecher                            |   $230,000 | Chairman and chief executive of IntercontinentalExchange, a financial firm.
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Marc Leder                                  |   $225,000 | Co-chief executive of Sun Capital Advisers.

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Rodger Krouse                               |   $225,000 | Co-chief executive of Sun Capital Advisers.
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Susan Groff                                 |   $225,000 | Co-owner of Northwest Excavating.
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Alice Walton                                |   $200,000 | Daughter of Sam Walton, the founder of Walmart.
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Gerald Jordan                               |   $200,000 | Chairman of Hellman, Jordan Management Co.
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Paul Tudor Jones                            |   $200,000 | Connecticut billionaire who is chairman and chief executive of Tudor Investment Corporation.
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Betty Brown Casey                           |   $200,000 | Philanthropist and president of Casey Management, Inc.
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Trott and Trott PC                          |   $200,000 | A Michigan firm that provides services to the real estate industry, including foreclosure services.
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Jim Walton                                  |   $200,000 | Chairman and chief executive of Arvest Bank Group and son of Sam Walton, the founder of Walmart.
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Rod Aycox                                   |   $200,000 | Owner and president of Select Management Resource.
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Samuel Zell                                 |   $180,000 | Founder of Equity International; chairman and chief executive of the Tribune Company.
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S. Craig Lindner                            |   $150,000 |
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Consol Energy, Inc.                         |   $150,000 | Pennsylvania-based energy company.
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Carl Lindner III                            |   $150,000 | Co-chief executive, American Financial Group.
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Edyth Lindner                               |   $150,000 |
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Keith Lindner                               |   $150,000 |
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Harlan R. Crow                              |   $150,000 | Dallas-based real estate investor.
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Robert Rosenkranz                           |   $150,000 | Chief executive of Delphi Financial, an insurance company.
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William Templeton                           |   $150,000 | Dallas investor.
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Debra Rollins                               |   $125,000 | Homemaker.
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Richard Gaby                                |   $125,000 | Trustee of the Richard and Barbara Gaby Foundation; husband of Barb Van Andel-Gaby, a trustee of the Heritage Foundation and daughter of the late Jay Van Andel, co-founder of Amway.
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Charles Schwab                              |   $125,000 | Founder and chairman of The Charles Schwab Corp., a brokerage firm.
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Helen Schwab                                |   $125,000 | Investor; wife of Charles Schwab.
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Muneer Satter                               |   $120,000 | Investment banker at Goldman Sachs.
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Select Management Resources, LLC            |   $100,000 | Alpharetta, Ga.
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Alexander Navab                             |   $100,000 | Partner at Kohlberg Kravis Roberts.
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The Rod and Leslie Aycox Foundation Inc.    |   $100,000 | Alpharetta, Ga.
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Robert Reynolds                             |   $100,000 | Chief executive of Putman Investments.
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Thomas O'Malley                             |   $100,000 | Chairman of PBF Energy.
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Joe Ricketts                                |   $100,000 | Founder of brokerage TD Ameritrade and owner of Chicago Cubs baseball team.
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David Wilson                                |   $100,000 | California automobile dealer.
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Meg Whitman                                 |   $100,000 | Chief executive of Hewlett-Packard.
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PVS Chemicals Inc.                          |   $100,000 | Detroit-based chemical company. James B. Nicholson is the president and chief executive.
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2GIG Technologies                           |   $100,000 | Home security company.
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Trevor D. Rees-Jones                        |   $100,000 | Oil magnate and high-profile donor to American Crossroads, the influential Republican super PAC.
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Dale Rogers                                 |   $100,000 | Chief executive, Rogers Wealth Group, Inc.
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Eric Varvel                                 |   $100,000 | Chief operating officer of investment banking at Credit Suisse.
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Nicholas Rosenkranz                         |   $100,000 | Law professor at Georgetown University; son of Robert Rosenkranz.
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Robert B. Rowling                           |   $100,000 | A Texas billionaire whose TRT Holdings owns Omni Hotels and Gold's Gym.
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Raymond Ruddy                               |   $100,000 | Founder of the Gerard Health Foundation, a pro-life charity, and former president of the Maximus Consulting Group, a health and human services government contractor.
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Joel Peterson                               |   $100,000 | Founding partner at Peterson Partners, a Utah investment firm, and chairman of JetBlue Airways.
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Edward D. Smith                             |   $100,000 | Partner at Smith-Christensen Enterprises.
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Mischer Investments L.P.                    |   $100,000 | Real estate development company; managing partner is Walter M. Mischer.
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Howard Cox                                  |   $100,000 | Retired.
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John C. Cushman III                         |   $100,000 | Chairman of Cushman & Wakefield, a real estate firm.
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Steven Dodge                                |   $100,000 | Real estate developer.
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Johanna Howard                              |   $100,000 | Daughter of Philip H. Geier, founder of the Geier Group consulting firm.
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Alan Fournier                               |   $100,000 | Founder of Pennant Capital Management, a hedge fund.
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Jeffrey Fox                                 |   $100,000 | Chief executive of Harbour Group.
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Marilyn Fox                                 |   $100,000 | St. Louis, Mo. homemaker; wife of businessman Sam Fox. Along with her husband, she was appointed by George W. Bush to a delegation to Jerusalem in 2008.
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Griffith Harsh IV                           |   $100,000 | Stanford University neurosurgeon, married to Meg Whitman.
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Sam Fox                                     |   $100,000 | Founder of Harbour Group.
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C. Boyden Gray                              |   $100,000 | Washington lawyer, former diplomat and White House counsel in the first Bush administration.
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Foster S. Friess                            |   $100,000 | Wealthy mutual fund manager who supports Christian and conservative causes. Major investor in the Daily Caller news website led by Tucker Carlson.
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Howard Groff                                |   $100,000 | Co-owner of Northwest Excavating.
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Henry R. Kravis                             |   $100,000 | Co-chairman of private equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts.
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John A. Griffin                             |   $100,000 | President of Blue Ridge Capital
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Marc Andreessen                             |   $100,000 | Venture capitalist at Andreessen Horowitz; co-founder of Netscape.
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Douglas Berthiaume                          |   $100,000 | Chief executive at Waters Corporation.
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W. Ed Bosarge                               |   $100,000 | Houston-based investor and owner of Quantlab Financial.
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Gregory Maffei                              |   $100,000 | President and chief executive of Liberty Media, a media conglomerate whose investments include Starz Entertainment, the home shopping channel QVC and the Atlanta Braves baseball team.
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Andrew Puzder                               |   $100,000 | Chief executive of CKE Restaurants.
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Dick W. Boyce                               |   $100,000 | Partner at TPG Capital, a private equity firm.
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Kelly Loeffler                              |   $100,000 | Vice president at IntercontinentalExchange, a financial firm; part-owner of the Atlanta Dream women's basketball team.
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Howard Leach                                |   $100,000 | San Francisco-based businessman and private investor. Former U.S. Ambassador to France.
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Jack E. Caveney                             |   $100,000 | Retired chariman of Panduit Corp., an electrical components company.
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James Donavan                               |    $95,000 | Investment banker at Goldman Sachs.
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Kristen H. Hertel                           |    $95,000 | Winnetka, Ill.
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Apollo Group                                |    $75,000 | For-profit education corporation that operates several institutions, including the University of Phoenix.
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Marc  Rowan                                 |    $60,000 | Investment professional at Apollo Management.
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Herbert Siegel                              |    $50,000 | Retired media investor, New York.
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Jim Click                                   |    $50,000 | Arizona car dealer.
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Jeremy Andrus                               |    $50,000 | Chief executive & president of Skullcandy, a company that makes headphones.
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Walter Schlaepfer                           |    $50,000 | Financial adviser at Merrill Lynch.
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Wendt Family Trust                          |    $50,000 | Located in San Francisco.
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Marc Stern                                  |    $50,000 | Vice chairman and chief executive of TCW, an investment firm.
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James Cowden                                |    $50,000 | San Antonio, Tex. Investor.
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Joseph H. Davenport III                     |    $50,000 | President, Pointer Management Co.
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Harold Brierley                             |    $50,000 | Chairman of Brierley & Partners, a Dallas customer service consulting firm.
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John Chambers                               |    $50,000 | Chairman and chief executive of Cisco Systems, Inc.
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Dell Loy Hansen                             |    $50,000 | President of Utah-based Wasatch Property Management.
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Amy Nelson                                  |    $50,000 | Homemaker.
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James W. Heavener                           |    $50,000 | Chief executive of the Heavener Group.
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James Madden                                |    $50,000 | Founder and managing partner of Madden Capital Partners.
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Michael  Hayde                              |    $50,000 | Chief executive officer of Western Group, a privately-held apartment owner/developer company.
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Fred Sands                                  |    $50,000 | Chairman of Vintage Capital Group, an investment firm.
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Red River Resources, Inc.                   |    $50,000 | Phoenix, Ariz. The Arizona Corporation Commission lists the President as Scott Eller, of Eller Media Co.
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Donald K. Miller                            |    $50,000 | Asset manager at Axiom International Investor.
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Lee Hanley                                  |    $50,000 | Chairman and chief executive of Vestar, a Phoenix real estate development company.
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Marc Lipshultz                              |    $50,000 | Partner at private equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts.
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Christopher Stadler                         |    $40,000 | Managing partner of CVC Capital Partners, an investment firm.
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Jones Management Services                   |    $35,000 | Represents several businesses, including payday advance companies.
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Donald Foss                                 |    $35,000 | Executive chairman of Credit Acceptance, an automotive finance company.
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Katsum LLC                                  |    $35,000 | The Washington Secretary of State lists the company's governing persons as Dennis and David Bassford, co-founders of Moneytree, a provider of payday loans and check cashing services.
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Axcess Financial Services                   |    $35,000 | Ohio-based firm that owns check cashing, payday loan and other financial service companies.
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Community Choice Financial, Inc.            |    $30,000 | Ohio-based company providing alternative banking services including check cashing and payday loans.
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Christopher Landry                          |    $28,000 | Investment managing partner, TA Associates Management.
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Robert Tuttle                               |    $27,000 | Beverly Hills car dealer.
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Rodger P. Nordblom                          |    $25,000 | Chairman, Nordblom Company.
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Norman Worthington                          |    $25,000 | Florida investor and businessman.
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Paul Zecchi                                 |    $25,000 | President and chief executive, Central Resources.
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City Attorney Jan Goldsmith 2012 Committee  |    $25,000 |
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Bob Zorich                                  |    $25,000 | Managing partner, Encap Investments LP.
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William Walton III                          |    $25,000 | Florida real estate investor.
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Advance America                             |    $25,000 | Payday loan company.
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Katherine Alden                             |    $25,000 | Owner of Woodside Hotels in California.
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Thomas Mulroy                               |    $25,000 | Chief executive, T-Rex Capital Group.
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Robert McCormack                            |    $25,000 | Retired.
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David Liptak                                |    $25,000 | Founder and managing partner at Spring Street Partners, a New York investment firm.
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Charles Cahill                              |    $25,000 |
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Brent Beesley                               |    $25,000 | Chief executive, Heritage Bank.
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Peter Palandjian                            |    $25,000 | Chairman and chief executive of Intercontinental, a real estate investment management firm.
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Alan Dreeben                                |    $25,000 | A wine and beverage distributor. Rick Perry named him a regent for the Texas State University System.
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Scott Congel                                |    $25,000 | Real estate developer, SRC Development Group.
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Frederic Hamilton                           |    $25,000 | Chairman at managing partner at the Hamilton Companies.
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Sierra Advisors                             |    $25,000 | A Houston entity linked to Ralph Eads, vice chairman at Jeffries & Co., an investment bank, who has contributed to the Romney campaign and focuses on the energy sector.
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Ronald Gidwitz                              |    $25,000 | Partner, GCG Partners.
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Warren Smith                                |    $25,000 | Investment manager, Staley Capital.
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Scott Sperling                              |    $25,000 | Money manager, Thomas H. Lee Partners.
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Tom Rutherfoord                             |    $25,000 | Chairman and chief executive of Rutherfoord, an insurance company.
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Groff Family Trust                          |    $25,000 | Trust that shares an address with Howard and Susan Groff, owners of Northwest Excavating.
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Charles Stoddard                            |    $25,000 | Hickory Corners, Mich. Retired founder of Grand Bank and Grand Angels, an investment firm.
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Donald R. Tapia                             |    $25,000 | Retired.
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HBI Financial, Inc.                         |    $25,000 | The Washington Secretary of State lists the company's president as George Argyros, a real estate investor and former U.S. Ambassador to Spain.
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Robert Thompson                             |    $25,000 |
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William M. Isaac                            |    $25,000 | Senior managing director, FTI Consulting.
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Frank Kavanaugh                             |    $25,000 | A managing director at Fort Ashford Holdings, a private equity firm.
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Boyd Smith                                  |    $25,000 | Partner at WSJ Properties.
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J. Wayne Weaver                             |    $25,000 | Shoe store chain owner and former owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars professional football team.
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QC Holdings, Inc.                           |    $25,000 | Kansas-based payday loan company.
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Amin Khoury                                 |    $25,000 | Chief executive, B/E Aerospace, Inc.
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Warren Schwerin                             |    $25,000 | Retired chief executive of Related Properties, a real estate development company.
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Well that’s pretty sweet. Let’s see if we can start searching for things. Why don’t we pipe this to grep and see what comes up for the term “Bain”.

Alexs-MacBook-Pro:superpacr Alex$ ruby get_donors.rb | grep "Bain"
Paul Edgerley                               |   $500,000 | Managing director at Bain Capital. Married to Sandra Edgerley.
Sandra Edgerley                             |   $500,000 | Worked at Bain & Company, a consulting company founded by Bill Bain, for 10 years. Married to Paul Edgerley.
Stephen Zide                                |   $500,000 | A managing director of Bain Capital since 2001 and a member of the firm since 1997.
Jenzabar Inc.                               |   $250,000 | A software company. Its chief executive is Robert A. Maginn Jr., the chairman of the Massachusetts Republican Party, the finance co-chairman of Mr. Romney's last presidential campaign and a former senior partner and director at Bain & Company.
John Connaughton                            |   $250,000 | Joined Bain Capital in 1989. Has been a managing director since 1997.
Domenic Ferrante                            |   $250,000 | Joined Bain Capital in 1993. Currently a managing director.
Alexs-MacBook-Pro:superpacr Alex$

Hrm…For a SuperPAC that is suppose to be independent of candidate Mitt Romney, those people seem to have fairly close ties to him. Why don’t we use some Bash pipe magic and total those donation figures.

Alexs-MacBook-Pro:superpacr Alex$ ruby get_donors.rb | grep "Bain" | cut -d'|' -f2 | sed 's/,//; s/\$//; s/^   //; s/\s$//; s/\.//;' | ruby -e 'puts STDIN.readlines.map{|n|Integer(n.gsub("m","0"*5).strip)}.inject(:+).to_s.reverse.gsub(%r{([0-9]{3}(?=([0-9])))},"\\1,").reverse.prepend("$")'
$2,250,000
Alexs-MacBook-Pro:superpacr Alex$

Bain Capital (the place where Romney made all his money) has given $2,250,000 to Romney’s closest SuperPAC. And that’s just one SuperPAC. Remember how many there are? The New York Times isn’t listing donors, but I’d love to correlate these.

Why don’t we look at who else is contributing to Anti-Obama rhetoric in favor of a President Romney? What about if we searched for a series of terms – why not “capital”, “invest”, “fund”, “hedge”, “equity”, “partner”, “money”, “bank”, and “accounting”. Let’s see how much the financial industry, one Romney has been intimate with, has given this smear campaign.

NOTE: I’ve put the grep command into “search.sh” and I’ve put the sum commands into “sum.sh”.

Alexs-MacBook-Pro:superpacr Alex$ ruby get_donors.rb | ./search.sh
Julian Robertson                            |      $1.2m | Founder of Tiger Management, a hedge fund.
Rooney Holdings Inc.                        |      $1.0m | Private investment firm based in Tulsa, Okla. Its chief executive is Francis Rooney, a former U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican.
John Kleinheinz                             |      $1.0m | Founder of hedge fund Kleinheinz Capital Partners.
John Childs                                 |      $1.0m | Chairman and chief executive of J.W. Childs Associates, a private equity firm.
Paul Singer                                 |      $1.0m | Manager of Elliot Associates hedge fund. Tried last year to recruit New Jeresey Gov. Chris Christie to run for president. He has given hundreds of thousands to fund state fights to legalize gay marriage.
Steven Webster                              |      $1.0m | Co-managing partner and co-chief executive officer of Avista Capital Partners, a private equity firm.
Robert Mercer                               |      $1.0m | Co-chief executive at Renaissance Technologies Corp., a hedge fund company.
Renco Group Inc.                            |      $1.0m | Privately held holding company whose investments include mining, jewelry and defense equipment firms.
F8 LLC                                      |      $1.0m | Shares a Provo, Utah, address with Eli Publishing Inc., which leads to an accounting firm.
Lawrence Finch                              |   $850,000 | Wyoming private investor.
Chris W. Shumway                            |   $750,000 | Founder and chief executive of Shumway Capital Investments and protege of Julian Robertson.
Crow Holdings, LLC                          |   $650,000 | A real estate investment firm headed by the Trammell Crow family of Dallas.
Paul Edgerley                               |   $500,000 | Managing director at Bain Capital. Married to Sandra Edgerley.
Mike Fernandez                              |   $500,000 | Chairman of MBF Healthcare Partners, a private equity firm.
Bruce Kovner                                |   $500,000 | Founder of Caxton Associates, a hedge fund.
Warren Stephens                             |   $500,000 | Owner of Arkansas investment bank Stephens Inc.
Louis Moore Bacon                           |   $500,000 | Founder of Moore Capital. Topped a British list of the richest hedge fund managers in 2010.
MBF Family Investments                      |   $500,000 | Connected to Mike Fernandez, whose private equity firm, MBF Healthcare Partners, shares the same address. The news media in Florida reported that this investment group gave $250,000 to Rick Scott in 2010 for his gubernatorial campaign.
Stephen Zide                                |   $500,000 | A managing director of Bain Capital since 2001 and a member of the firm since 1997.
Kevin Rollins                               |   $375,000 | Senior advisor at TPA Private Equity.
David Tepper                                |   $375,000 | President of Appaloosa Management, a hedge fund.
W/F Investment Corp.                        |   $275,000 | Private equity firm.
Jenzabar Inc.                               |   $250,000 | A software company. Its chief executive is Robert A. Maginn Jr., the chairman of the Massachusetts Republican Party, the finance co-chairman of Mr. Romney's last presidential campaign and a former senior partner and director at Bain & Company.
Paumanok Partners LLC                       |   $250,000 | Located in New Canaan, Conn. and linked to William Laverack Jr., chairman and chief executive of Laverack Capital Partners.
Paul Fireman                                |   $250,000 | Chairman of Fireman Capital Partners, a private equity firm.
John Connaughton                            |   $250,000 | Joined Bain Capital in 1989. Has been a managing director since 1997.
Domenic Ferrante                            |   $250,000 | Joined Bain Capital in 1993. Currently a managing director.
William Laverack Jr.                        |   $250,000 | Founder of Laverack Capital Partners, an investment firm. Mr. Laverack has also been linked to a 2011 contribution to the super PAC by Paumanok Partners LLC.
Marc Leder                                  |   $225,000 | Co-chief executive of Sun Capital Advisers.

Rodger Krouse                               |   $225,000 | Co-chief executive of Sun Capital Advisers.
Paul Tudor Jones                            |   $200,000 | Connecticut billionaire who is chairman and chief executive of Tudor Investment Corporation.
Jim Walton                                  |   $200,000 | Chairman and chief executive of Arvest Bank Group and son of Sam Walton, the founder of Walmart.
Samuel Zell                                 |   $180,000 | Founder of Equity International; chairman and chief executive of the Tribune Company.
Harlan R. Crow                              |   $150,000 | Dallas-based real estate investor.
William Templeton                           |   $150,000 | Dallas investor.
Helen Schwab                                |   $125,000 | Investor; wife of Charles Schwab.
Muneer Satter                               |   $120,000 | Investment banker at Goldman Sachs.
Alexander Navab                             |   $100,000 | Partner at Kohlberg Kravis Roberts.
Robert Reynolds                             |   $100,000 | Chief executive of Putman Investments.
Eric Varvel                                 |   $100,000 | Chief operating officer of investment banking at Credit Suisse.
Joel Peterson                               |   $100,000 | Founding partner at Peterson Partners, a Utah investment firm, and chairman of JetBlue Airways.
Edward D. Smith                             |   $100,000 | Partner at Smith-Christensen Enterprises.
Mischer Investments L.P.                    |   $100,000 | Real estate development company; managing partner is Walter M. Mischer.
Alan Fournier                               |   $100,000 | Founder of Pennant Capital Management, a hedge fund.
Foster S. Friess                            |   $100,000 | Wealthy mutual fund manager who supports Christian and conservative causes. Major investor in the Daily Caller news website led by Tucker Carlson.
Henry R. Kravis                             |   $100,000 | Co-chairman of private equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts.
John A. Griffin                             |   $100,000 | President of Blue Ridge Capital
Marc Andreessen                             |   $100,000 | Venture capitalist at Andreessen Horowitz; co-founder of Netscape.
W. Ed Bosarge                               |   $100,000 | Houston-based investor and owner of Quantlab Financial.
Gregory Maffei                              |   $100,000 | President and chief executive of Liberty Media, a media conglomerate whose investments include Starz Entertainment, the home shopping channel QVC and the Atlanta Braves baseball team.
Dick W. Boyce                               |   $100,000 | Partner at TPG Capital, a private equity firm.
Howard Leach                                |   $100,000 | San Francisco-based businessman and private investor. Former U.S. Ambassador to France.
James Donavan                               |    $95,000 | Investment banker at Goldman Sachs.
Marc  Rowan                                 |    $60,000 | Investment professional at Apollo Management.
Herbert Siegel                              |    $50,000 | Retired media investor, New York.
Marc Stern                                  |    $50,000 | Vice chairman and chief executive of TCW, an investment firm.
James Cowden                                |    $50,000 | San Antonio, Tex. Investor.
Harold Brierley                             |    $50,000 | Chairman of Brierley & Partners, a Dallas customer service consulting firm.
James Madden                                |    $50,000 | Founder and managing partner of Madden Capital Partners.
Fred Sands                                  |    $50,000 | Chairman of Vintage Capital Group, an investment firm.
Donald K. Miller                            |    $50,000 | Asset manager at Axiom International Investor.
Marc Lipshultz                              |    $50,000 | Partner at private equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts.
Christopher Stadler                         |    $40,000 | Managing partner of CVC Capital Partners, an investment firm.
Katsum LLC                                  |    $35,000 | The Washington Secretary of State lists the company's governing persons as Dennis and David Bassford, co-founders of Moneytree, a provider of payday loans and check cashing services.
Community Choice Financial, Inc.            |    $30,000 | Ohio-based company providing alternative banking services including check cashing and payday loans.
Christopher Landry                          |    $28,000 | Investment managing partner, TA Associates Management.
Norman Worthington                          |    $25,000 | Florida investor and businessman.
Bob Zorich                                  |    $25,000 | Managing partner, Encap Investments LP.
William Walton III                          |    $25,000 | Florida real estate investor.
Thomas Mulroy                               |    $25,000 | Chief executive, T-Rex Capital Group.
David Liptak                                |    $25,000 | Founder and managing partner at Spring Street Partners, a New York investment firm.
Brent Beesley                               |    $25,000 | Chief executive, Heritage Bank.
Peter Palandjian                            |    $25,000 | Chairman and chief executive of Intercontinental, a real estate investment management firm.
Frederic Hamilton                           |    $25,000 | Chairman at managing partner at the Hamilton Companies.
Sierra Advisors                             |    $25,000 | A Houston entity linked to Ralph Eads, vice chairman at Jeffries & Co., an investment bank, who has contributed to the Romney campaign and focuses on the energy sector.
Ronald Gidwitz                              |    $25,000 | Partner, GCG Partners.
Warren Smith                                |    $25,000 | Investment manager, Staley Capital.
Scott Sperling                              |    $25,000 | Money manager, Thomas H. Lee Partners.
Charles Stoddard                            |    $25,000 | Hickory Corners, Mich. Retired founder of Grand Bank and Grand Angels, an investment firm.
HBI Financial, Inc.                         |    $25,000 | The Washington Secretary of State lists the company's president as George Argyros, a real estate investor and former U.S. Ambassador to Spain.
Frank Kavanaugh                             |    $25,000 | A managing director at Fort Ashford Holdings, a private equity firm.
Boyd Smith                                  |    $25,000 | Partner at WSJ Properties.
Alexs-MacBook-Pro:superpacr Alex$

And here for the total:

Alexs-MacBook-Pro:superpacr Alex$ ruby get_donors.rb | ./search.sh | ./sum.sh
$21,638,000
Alexs-MacBook-Pro:superpacr Alex$

Romney’s own industry has contributed over 75% of all the money going to Restore Our Future, Inc. Throw Sheldon Adelson (one of the top donors) out. The financial industry is powering this smear campaign against Obama.

I encourage every single person who sees a campaign ad to stop listening to this bullshit created by the Citizen’s United ruling.

You want to know the real reason why all these people are throwing money behind Romney? Real simple. Greed.

The wealthiest individuals in this country who value greed over patriotism are showing their stripes (or lack of). Politify is a beautifully created website illustrating each candidates proposals on federal budgeting (taxes, spending, etc.).

Romney gives an average tax break of $38,136 to the wealthiest 1%. The higher their salary, the bigger the tax break. Punch in numbers under the Personal page. You’ll see for yourself the amount of money the wealthiest people in this country are going to get in tax breaks, putting the burdon back on the middle class.

This is why you’re not getting my vote Mitt.

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