Wealth Cult: The oligarchs influencing American politics from the shadows

Wealth Cult -- rich men behaving badly, by Midjourney

A network of exceedingly wealthy individuals and organizations have channeled their vast fortunes into influencing American politics, policy, and public opinion — they’ve formed a wealth cult. And they’ve leveraged that cult and its considerable fortune to influence and in many ways dramatically transform American politics.

The term “dark money” refers to political spending meant to influence the decision-making and critical thinking of the public and lawmakers where the source of the money is not disclosed. This lack of transparency makes it challenging to trace the influence back to its origins, hence the term “dark.”

And, it is dark indeed.

Wealth cult anchors the trench coat

The Wealth Cult is one of 3 primary groups or clusters supporting the right-wing and generally, the Republican Party. It anchors the trench coat by funding the 2 cults above it: the Christian Cult, and the White Cult.

Its story is stealthy and significant.

A bunch of billionaires toast themselves to themselves, by Midjourney

The wealth cult has funded disinformation campaigns, the spread of conspiracy theories, created fake social movements through astroturfing, enabled violent extremists to attack their country’s capitol, cruelly deprived vulnerable people (especially immigrants, poor people, and women) of the kind of state aid granted generously throughout the developed world, bribed regulators, rigged elections, crashed economies, and on and on in service of their extremist free market ideology beliefs.

They believe in “makers and takers,” or Mudsill Theory, as it was once called by pedophile and racist Senator and slavery enthusiast James Henry Hammond. Some people were born to serve others, they say. Hierarchies are natural, they claim. Wealthy men should make all the decisions — because that’s what’s best for everyone, they say in paternalistic tones.

I don’t buy it. I believe all men are created equal. So did a certain Founder of our country.

Oligarchs and their Allies

I’ll be adding to this list over time.

MemberDescription
Adam BrandonCNP member from FreedomWorks who joined Jenny Beth Martin and Lisa Nelson of ALEC in organizing “100 Business Executives” in support of Trump in April 2020.
Alan DershowitzFormer Trump lawyer
Allan KeenGOP donor and successful real estate developer who gave a hefty amount to Trump Victory in 2020.
American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)Along with CNP, one of two primary right-wing groups with deep funding ties over the past half century to Republican lawmakers and donors & covertly driving “local” and state legislative agenda centrally from a nationally-coordinated source that shrinks from public view and carefully shields its operations from scrutiny.
Americans for ProsperityAs the Koch brothers’ primary political advocacy group, it is one of the most influential American conservative organizations.
Amy KremerTea Party activist and Trump supporter whose organization Women for America First hosted the Stop the Steal rally that preceded the January 6 attack.

While campaigning in early 2017, she offered a chance to win an AR-15 to donors to her campaign.
Andy BealBanker and a major contributor to Trump’s campaigns.
Andy SabinMetals magnate who has donated millions to conservative candidates and causes. Sabin was initially supporting Ron DeSantis but switched to back Nikki Haley, who served as ambassador to the United Nations in Trump’s administration.
Anthony LomanginoSanitation mogul and significant donor to Trump’s campaigns.
Barre SeidGOP megadonor with a long donation history… though there is no publicly available information for Seid’s money trail after the Citizens United ruling opened the floodgates of untraceable dark money.
Bernard “Bernie” MarcusNet Worth: $8.1 billion
Source of Wealth: Home Depot
Residence: Atlanta, GA
Amount Donated to the Congressional Leadership Fund in 2022: $1.7 million (with wife Billi)
Betsy DeVosHer family came to America during the Dutch split over reformation of the state church — the more conservative “Seceders” left the Netherlands to start a new life in the US, with a prominent settlement in Michigan
Bill BarrTrump’s Attorney General, known for his participation in burying the Mueller report about Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Brooke RollinsFormer Trump aide and domestic policy chief who signed a letter to Kevin McCarthy asking him to remove Adam Kinzinger and Liz Cheney from the GOP conference. Now CEO of the Trump-endorsed America First Policy Institute.
Chad ConnellyMember of the Council for National Policy Executive Committee as of 2022
Charles KochFossil fuel oligarch who poured over $100 million into the “war to end all wars” against Obama, and almost $1 billion into the 2016 election.
Charles SchwabNet Worth: $11.2 billion
Source of Wealth: Discount Brokerage
Residence: Woodside, California
Amount Donated to the Congressional Leadership Fund in 2022: $6.5 million (with wife Helen)
Charlie KirkHelped coordinate transportation to the January 6 rally via Turning Point USA and the CNP.
Chris ReyesNet Worth: $7 billion
Source of Wealth: Food Distribution
Residence: Hobe Sound, FL
Amount Donated to the Congressional Leadership Fund in 2022: $4.2 million
Christina PushawDeSantis advisor who ended up having to register as a foreign agent to report her work for Georgian President Mikheil Shakashvili betwwen 2018 and 2020.
Cleta MitchellLawyer of Foley & Lardner, LLP who was on the Brad Raffensberger Phone Call trying to “find” 11,000 votes for Trump in GA.

She’s also involved with John Eastman‘s “Public Interest Legal Foundation,” an organization connected to both the fake electors scheme to overturn the results of the 2020 election in Trump’s favor, and the dubious legal “doctrine” of “independent state legislatures.”

Longtime board member of the CNP.
Club for Growth Actionanti-tax, anti-government spending, pro-free market ideology
Congressional Leadership FundThe GOP’s main super PAC dedicated to electing House Republicans.
Continental ResourcesNorth Dakota fracking company owned by Harold Hamm, a Koch donor.
Corbin Robertson Jr.His family built a billion-dollar oil and coal company, Quintana Resources Capital.
Council for National Policy (CNP)Founded 1981 by Paul Weyrich, Arch-Demon of the New Right, and Tim LaHaye, who wrote a series of wildly popular novels about the Rapture
Daniel J. SchultzAttorney and founder of Precinct Strategy, and election denialism organization. Member of the CNP. Proponent of the Independent State Legislature theory.
Dartmouth ReviewConservative-allied collegiate paper founded and funded by the Olin Foundation via the Collegiate Network.

Gave their starts to Dinesh D’Souza and Laura Ingraham.
David KochDeceased brother of Charles Koch, former Koch Industries executive, and former right-wing megadonor.
Diane HendricksGave $23 million to the GOP in the 2022 midterms.
Dick UihleinPacking supply magnate and Trump donor who funds both The Federalist right-wing rag and ~1300 local news websites.
Don TapiaRetired electrical company executive and former ambassador to Jamaica under Trump’s administration. Tapia was a six-figure contributor to Trump’s 2016 and 2020 campaigns and has shown support for Trump in the 2024 election cycle.
Donald TrumpThe Former Guy
Donald Trump Jr.Donald Trump’s son
Doug MastrianoTrump loyalist who lost the race for Governor of Pennsylvania in 2022 to Josh Shapiro. Attended the January 6 attack on the capitol.
Dr. Simone GoldAn emergency doctor tapped by CNP leadership to orchestrate a huge covid disinformation campaign circa May 2020 when the Trump administration’s covid response was floundering.

Began the “hydroxychloroquine cure” hoax and made attacks on Anthony Fauci.

Joined the mob that stormed the Capitol on January 6.
Elizabeth UihleinNet Worth: $3.4 billion
Source of Wealth: Packaging Materials
Residence: Lake Forest, IL
Amount Donated to the Congressional Leadership Fund in 2022: $950,000
Elon Muskthe world’s richest man
Eric LevineA New York-based donor who was raising money for Tim Scott but has shifted his support to Nikki Haley for the 2024 presidential race.
Erik PrinceFormer Navy SEAL who now shills his paramilitary project management experience to shady two-bit dictators around the world
Federalist SocietyAn organization of lawyers led by Leonard Leo, dedicated to rolling back legal precedents set during the post-WWII era. They essentially control the list of SCOTUS nominees for Republican Presidents.
Foster FriessHuge right-wing donor instrumental in creating the CNP, Turning Point USA, and The Daily Caller
Fox NewsRight-wing cable TV news channel and now media network founded in 1996 by Australian media magnate Rupert Murdoch and founding CEO Roger Ailes.
Freedom SchoolFree market ideology school that teaches the Robber Barons were heroes and the Gilded Age was when American Was Great Again.
Friedrich HayekOne of the founders of the Austrian School of Economics.
George Mason UniversityThe Kochs funded the Mercatus Center, an Austrian School of Economics program within the University.
Ginni ThomasA former hardcore Tea Party activist turned Trump acolyte, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas was reportedly intimately involved with the January 6 insurrection plans:
* She exchanged texts with Mark Meadows urging him to “do more” to overturn the results of the 2020 election, based on conspiracy theory “evidence” from YouTube among other justifications
* Wrote to 29 lawmakers in Arizona as well as lawmakers in Wisconsin, urging them to appoint their own slates of state electors as part of the broad fake electors scheme

She was formerly a member of the Lifespring cult before becoming an anti-cult activist.
Glenn YoungkinVirginia GOP Governor
GOPACThe Republican state and local training organization.
Grover NorquistAnti-tax “crusader” on the right.
Hans von SpakovskyHans von Spakovsky is a prominent figure known for his work in election law and campaign finance. He is often associated with conservative legal circles and has been involved with the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, where he serves as a senior legal fellow. Von Spakovsky has been a vocal advocate for stricter voter ID laws and measures aimed at preventing voter fraud, a stance that has generated significant debate and controversy. His views and policies have been influential in shaping discussions around election integrity and voting regulations in the United States.

Von Spakovsky’s career has included various roles related to election law and policy. He has served in the Department of Justice during the George W. Bush administration and was appointed to the Federal Election Commission (FEC). His tenure in these positions and his subsequent work at the Heritage Foundation have made him a notable figure in discussions about electoral processes and legal frameworks surrounding elections in the U.S.

His advocacy for strict voter ID laws and election integrity measures is grounded in his belief that these steps are necessary to prevent voter fraud and ensure the integrity of elections. However, his positions have been met with criticism from those who argue that such measures can lead to voter suppression and disproportionately affect minority and disadvantaged groups.
Harold HammFracking billionaire and Koch network donor who, at a fortune of $49.3 billion and rising, is one of the top 100 richest people in the world.
Harry BradleyA founding member of the John Birch Society, he died in 1965 and his nest egg later swelled to become a font of financing for conservative causes.
Heritage FoundationThink tank founded by Paul Weyrich as a counterweight to the Brookings Institute and other liberal think tanks, with major funding from beer magnate Joseph Coors and Mellon oligarch Richard Scaife.

Sponsors have included:
* Amoco
* Amway
* Boeing
* Chase
* Chevron
* Dow Chemical
* Exxon
* General Electric
* General Motors
* Mesa Petroleum
* Mobile Oil
* Pfizer
* Philip Morris
* Procter & Gamble
* R. J. Reynolds
* Searle
* Sears
* Roebuck
* SmithKline Beckman
* Union Carbode
* Union Pacific
Ivanka Trump“Advisor to the President”… and his daughter
Jason KesslerThe white supremacist who organized the Charlottesville “Unite the Right” rally in 2017.
Jay SekulowTrump lawyer living high on the hog from lavish proceeds from his tax-free Christian political “foundations”.
Jeff BezosBillionaire founder of Amazon.
Jeffrey YassJeffrey Yass, the founder of the prominent options-trading firm Susquehanna International Group, made contributions to Republican political operations totaling $47 million during the 2022 midterm elections. Approximately one-third of this amount was allocated to Club for Growth Action, a conservative super PAC subsidiary of the Club for Growth known for advocating lower taxes and reduced regulation.
Jenny Beth MartinCEO and Co-founder of Tea Party Patriots, with funding from the Koch empire. Member of the CNP.
Joan Holt LindseyMember of the Council for National Policy Executive Committee as of 2022.
Jock WhitneyPublisher of the New York Herald Tribune and friend of Richard Mellon Scaife‘s father.
Joe SealesCEO of the Right Side Broadcasting Network, a sort of Trump-only C-SPAN on YouTube that has been frequently banned.
John CornynTexas Senator, former justice of the Texas Supreme Court, and head of the National Republican Senatorial Committee. Spoke at a Koch summit of 2009.
John M. OlinMultimillionaire industrialist and former Cornell trustee who was radicalized in right-wing extremist ideology by the 1969 Cornell uprising in which 80 Black students took over the student union in protest.

Though considering himself a “self-made man,” Olin inherited a thriving family business from his father.

And despite his zealous free-market conservatism ideology, his father’s fortune was made in largest part by generous World War I and II contracts with the US government.

Olin died in 1982 at the age of 89, but his foundation lived on to disburse hundreds of millions of dollars to right-wing causes over the next decades.
John M. Olin Foundationit was one of the largest “intellectual right” funders before its closing
John TomasiProfessor of free-market economics at the Koch-funded Political Theory Project at Brown University.
Joseph CoorsDescribed by his brother as being “to the right of Attila the Hun”

Got appointed by Ronald Reagan to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting

Helped fund the Iran-Contra scandal!

Died of lymphatic cancer in 2003
Jude ReyesNet Worth: $7 billion
Source of Wealth: Food Distribution
Residence: Palm Beach, FL
Amount Donated to the Congressional Leadership Fund in 2022: $4.2 million
Jude WanniskiThe father of supply-side economics, aka trickle down economics.
Judicial WatchOrganization founded by Richard Mellon Scaife that used dark money to go after the Clintons since the 1990s. Part of the “vast right-wing conspiracy” that Hillary accurately described during the 2016 presidential campaign she so tragically lost to a boorish fake billionaire who cares for nothing and no one but himself.
Ken GriffinKen Griffin, a hedge-fund billionaire known for his growing involvement in Republican politics, ranks as the third largest political donor among billionaires. During the 2022 federal election cycle, Griffin contributed a substantial $66 million. His donations include significant amounts to both the Senate Leadership Fund and the Congressional Leadership Fund. Additionally, after relocating from Chicago to Florida, Griffin, a known adversary of Democratic Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker, invested $50 million in Richard Irvin’s unsuccessful GOP primary bid for the Illinois governorship.

Net Worth: $29.8 billion
Source of Wealth: Hedge Funds
Residence: Miami, FL
Ken LangoneKoch donor and billionaire founder of Home Depot.
Kenneth CopelandTelevangelist in the charismatic movement / New Apostolic Reformation.
Kevin CrutchfieldCEO of Alpha Natural Resources and a Koch network dark money donor.
Kevin RobertsHeritage Foundation president and CNP board of governors members.
Larry ArnnSon of a Phillips Petroleum employee and President of Hillsdale College.
Larry EllisonLarry Ellison is a prominent figure in the tech industry, best known as the co-founder, executive chairman, and chief technology officer of Oracle Corporation, a leading American multinational computer technology corporation. Ellison has been a major player in the tech world since the 1970s and is recognized for his substantial contributions to the development of database software and technology.

Ellison has also been known for his support of the Republican Party (GOP) in the United States. He gave over $31 million to GOP organizations in the 2022 midterms.
Leonard LeoHead of the Federalist Society, a powerful Washington insider organization connected to numerous American oligarchs seeking outsized influence on American politics and policy in their favor — including providing the list of SCOTUS nominees to Republican presidents.
Lisa NelsonWorks for ALEC and has presented election denialism strategies to CNP and others.
Lynde and Harry Bradley FoundationRight-wing foundation that has donated to the CNP, ALEC, Claremont Institute and John Eastman, the Heritage Foundation, and the Public Interest Legal Foundation chaired by Cleta Mitchell.
Mark MecklerTea Party activist and cofounder of the right-wing group Convention of States which is pushing to rewrite the Constitution.
Massey EnergyMining company that faced criminal charges for conspiring to violate federal mine safety standards under CEO Don Blankenship.

Later bought by Alpha Natural Resources for $7.1 billion. ANR’s CEO, Kevin Crutchfield, is another Koch donor.
Michael JoyceExecutive Director of the John M. Olin Foundation in its early days, he leapt to the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation and moved to Milwaukee in 1985.

He stepped down in 2001 amid charges of alcoholism and erratic behavior, to die powerless and in obscurity a few years later.
Michael SmithBillionaire founder of the natural gas giant Freeport LNG. He’s donated over $5 million to Mitch McConnell‘s SuperPAC, the Senate Leadership Fund.
Mike FlynnDisgraced former NSA who was fired by both Obama and Trump who led the charge with Sidney Powell to try and seize voting machines, declare martial law, and otherwise use underhanded and/or illegal tactics to stay in power despite the people’s will.
Mike LindellMyPillow CEO and Trump bestie who continues to push The Big Lie and make outrageous claims at right-wing events around the country.
Mike PenceVice President under then-President Donald Trump from 2017 to 2021.
Mike PompeoTrump’s CIA Director, then (absurdly) Secretary of State.

Back in 2009, worked with other Republicans to shut down DHS’s report warning about an impending rise in racist violence, saying it was “dangerous” to track homegrown violence.
Millie HallowMember of the Council for National Policy Executive Committee as of 2022
Miriam AdelsonWidow of the late Sheldon Adelson, casino mogul and notorious GOP donor. She has become a casino magnate in her own right after the death of her husband, and continues his largesse towards GOP causes.

Net Worth: $28.9 billion
Source of Wealth: Casinos
Residence: Las Vegas, NV
Morton BlackwellA co-founder of the CNP and the “godfather of the conservative movement,” Blackwell joined Paul Weyrich and Richard Vaguerie as young Barry Goldwater activists in the 1960s.

Blackwell is founder and president of the Leadership Institute, boasted to have trained over 200,000 conservative leaders in its time.
Murray RothbardAustrian school of economics acolyte and associate of Charles Koch, The Cato Institute, the John Birch Society, and other right-wing organizations and players of the time.
Neil PatelPublisher and co-founder of alt-Right site The Daily Caller with pal Tucker Carlson.
NewsmaxTV network founded in 1998 as an online news site by freelance writer Chris Ruddy with funding from oil and aluminum oligarch Richard Scaife.

Many former intelligence and military personnel are either investors or board members — including the family of former CIA Director William Casey.

TARGET MARKET: **affluent baby boomers, of average age 55**. Old white people, basically.
Newt GingrichFormer Speaker of the House and political disruptor who reportedly participated in the efforts to overturn the 2020 election by:
* exchanging emails with Trump advisors Jason Miller and Jared Kushner to provide detailed input on the scripting of Big Lie TV ads
* involved in the scheme to produce fake electors, continuing to push this plan even on the night of January 6 after the violent attack on the Capitol
Omeed MalikDonor to GOP candidate snd Florida Governor, Ron DeSantis
Palmer Luckey$1.4 billion | Virtual Reality | Newport Beach, CA — Silicon Valley billionaire and associate of Peter Thiel and Mark Zuckerberg, now making a living from lucrative government defense contracts at the border.
Pat RobertsonFailed the bar exam and became a Southern Baptist pastor instead.

ran for president in 1988, losing the Republican nomination to George H. W. Bush who went on to win the general election
Patrick ByrneFormer CEO of Overstock.com, Trump supporter, and former boyfriend of Maria Butina!!
Patrick RyanInsurer Patrick Ryan donated $10 million to the GOP super PAC Congressional Leadership Fund during the 2022 midterms.

Net Worth: $8.5 billion
Source of Wealth: Insurance
Residence: Winnetka, IL
Amount Donated: $10 million
Paul Craig RobertsAn adjunct professor at the Koch-funded George Mason University, Roberts drafted the bill for the first set of Reagan tax cuts.
Paul DansPaul Dans and his collaborators at The Heritage Foundation have launched Project 2025, a plan far more ambitious than conservative agendas of the past, including Ronald Reagan‘s. This initiative aims to reverse what they see as a century of progressive dominance in Washington, tracing back to Woodrow Wilson’s era. The project targets the expansive bureaucracy that developed under Roosevelt’s New Deal and Johnson’s Great Society, seeking to drastically reduce the federal workforce of about 2.25 million. Key objectives include defunding or dismantling major government agencies such as the Department of Justice, the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Departments of Education and Commerce. They also plan to assert presidential control over semi-independent agencies like the Federal Communications Commission.

To ensure the longevity of their conservative vision, the proponents of Project 2025 are focused on reorienting the reduced federal structure towards MAGA conservative principles, with the White House exerting full control. This strategy is inspired by the dubious right-wing “unitary executive theory” of the Constitution, which advocates for complete presidential authority over the federal bureaucracy. Dans has formed a committee dedicated to recruiting “conservative warriors” through various legal and governmental networks. These recruits are intended to be placed in strategic legal positions within the federal government, securing the conservative agenda’s influence for the foreseeable future.
Paul FosterNet Worth: $1.9 billion
Source of Wealth: Oil Refining
Residence: El Paso, TX
Amount Donated: $1 million
Paul GosarWorked with Ali Alexander as well as fellow Congressmen Mo Brooks and Andy Biggs to plan the January 5 & 6 rally preceding the insurrection attack on the Capitol to stop the Electoral College vote count by Congress.

Has been disowned by his own family, who warns against his dangerous behavior.
Paul ManafortPaul Manafort, a political consultant with a career marked by his advisory roles to both Republican campaigns in the United States and controversial foreign leaders, has been a significant figure in American and international politics. Manafort’s work extended beyond the U.S., advising pro-Russian politicians in Ukraine among others. His involvement in these activities became a focal point during his role as Donald Trump‘s campaign chairman in 2016, leading to his entanglement in the investigation into Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election.

Manafort’s partnership with notorious Nixon “dirty trickster” Roger Stone, dating back to their work on Ronald Reagan‘s presidential campaign, led to the creation of a lobbying firm known for representing authoritarian regimes, earning it the nickname “Torturer’s Lobby.” This firm was criticized for its ethically dubious practices and its role in enhancing the global reputation of dictatorial clients. Their professional endeavors, characterized by a penchant for luxury and influence in high-profile political campaigns, culminated in legal challenges, with both men being convicted for activities related to their work during the 2016 presidential campaign.

In 2017, Manafort faced indictment on charges including conspiracy against the United States and money laundering, resulting in a conviction on eight counts and a guilty plea to two additional charges. He was sentenced to 7.5 years in prison but was later transferred to home confinement in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This legal outcome highlighted the controversial nature of Manafort’s career, bridging domestic political strategy with international advisory roles that have drawn widespread scrutiny and criticism.
Paul SingerHedge fund investor Paul Singer gave more than $4 million to the GOP Super PAC Congressional Leadership Fund during the 2022 midterm election cycle.
Paul WeyrichRepublican powerbroker who joined forces with Jerry Falwell Sr. in the 1970s to launch the first incarnation of the modern right wing we know today through the founding of Weyrich’s Heritage Foundation in 1973 and Falwell’s Moral Majority in 1979 and .

A fundamentalist Catholic, he rejected the liberal reforms of Vatican II and converted to the Eastern Orthodox sect of Catholicism.

Founder of:
* The Heritage Foundation
* American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)
* Republican Study Committee
* The Weyrich Lunch
Penny NanceMember of the Council for National Policy Executive Committee as of 2022.
Peter NavarroBlabbed details about the coup at length to Ari Melber on January 4, 2022 live on air — it was amazing; called it the “Green Bay Sweep.” Also spouted nonsense conspiracy theories about George Soros.

Later, Mr Navarro was indicted for contempt of Congress and later arrested while at the airport attempting to board a flight.
Peter Thiel“Recent reports suggest Thiel was the most influential voice in Facebook’s decision to allow politicians to lie in ads on its platform. What Thiel believes now is likely to influence the next generation of conservative and libertarian thinkers.”

Tech billionaire and German immigrant who is against immigrants, and pro-Nazi disinformation online.

Wrote “The Diversity Myth?” and a navel-gazing paean to Ayn Randian “heroic figures” like himself, hailing them as kings, figures of ancient mythology, and godlike creatures without which we’d barely muddle by.
Philip AnschutzColorado oil and entertainment billionaire founder of Qwest Communications. Fortune Magazine dubbed him the “greediest executive” in 2002.
Philip MorrisTobacco tycoon
Project 2025Project 2025, spearheaded by Paul Dans and other political operatives within The Heritage Foundation, represents a bold and expansive right-wing agenda aiming to reshape the federal government. At its core, the project seeks to reverse a century of what its proponents view as progressive influence, beginning with Woodrow Wilson’s creation of a federal administrative structure and extending through Roosevelt‘s New Deal and Johnson’s Great Society. The plan involves a drastic reduction of the federal workforce, which currently numbers approximately 2.25 million. Key actions include defunding or dismantling major agencies such as the Department of Justice, the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Departments of Education and Commerce. Furthermore, Project 2025 aims to centralize presidential control over semi-independent agencies like the Federal Communications Commission.

The underlying goal of Project 2025 is to establish a long-lasting Republican influence within the U.S. federal structure, ensuring it aligns with MAGA values and remains under direct White House control. This initiative draws inspiration from the dubious “unitary executive theory” of the Constitution, advocating for complete presidential authority over the federal bureaucracy. To implement this vision, Dans has initiated a recruitment drive to enlist what he calls β€œconservative warriors.” These individuals are being sourced from legal and governmental networks, including bar associations and state attorney general offices, with the intention of placing them in pivotal legal positions across the federal government. This strategy is designed to cement the conservative agenda within the federal bureaucracy, influencing policy and governance for years to come.
Rand PaulObstinate Libertarian Senator from Kentucky. Failed Presidential hopeful following in the footsteps of his father, failed presidential hopeful Ron Paul. Both friends of Russia and acolytes of the Tea Party.
Rebekah MercerHeiress and Republican political donor who funded Breitbart News, right-wing social media network Parler, and other right-wing media and social media outlets and platforms. Daughter of GOP megadonor and hedge fund billionaire Robert Mercer — both members of the CNP.
Reince PriebusCNP Gold Circle member, former RNC chair, and Donald’s Trump‘s first Chief of Staff during his presidency.
Richard DeVos Sr.Co-founder of Amway, the Michigan-based MLM empire, who pleaded guilty to defrauding the Canadian government out of $22 million in 1982. He was the father of Dick DeVos, father-in-law of Betsy DeVos, and uncle-in-law of Erik Prince.
Richard FarmerChairman of the Cintas Corporation in Cincinnati, the nation’s largest uniform supply company. Legal problems against him included an employee’s gruesome death thanks to violating safety laws. Koch network donor.
Richard FinkPolitical advisor to Charles Koch.
Richard GilliamHead of Virginia coal mining company Cumberland Resources, and Koch network donor.
Richard GraberCEO of the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation and a member of the board of governors of the CNP.
Richard Mellon ScaifeWealthy scion of the Andrew Mellon fortune and a key player in the right-wing paranoid conspiracy in his day.
Richard UihleinConservative Republican who inherited the Schlitz Beer fortune. After the 2010 Citizens United ruling, Richard and his wife Elizabeth grew to become the Republican party‘s biggest donors in the 2018 mid-term elections, including big donations to Christian nationalist and credibly accused pedophile Roy Moore.
Right Side Broadcasting NetworkA Trump-only streaming C-SPAN that gets shut down repeatedly.
Robert LeFevreLeFevre was a follower of the “I AM” cult circa 1936 to 1940. He and one Pearl Diehl wrote a book in 1940 of their experiences in the organization called “I AM” – America’s Destiny (Twin City House, St. Paul, Minnesota). LeFevre told how one day, when he was in the radio station studio, he was struck by the Great I AM presence, who spoke to him personally.

LeFevre also claimed a number of supernatural experiences: driving a car while asleep for over twenty miles without an accident (this was accomplished with the help of his “Higher Mental Body”), leaving his physical body for a trip through the air to Mount Shasta, and seeing Jesus.
Robert MaxwellMedia magnate and father of Ghislaine Maxwell, Jeffrey Epstein‘s partner in crime
Robert MercerHedge fund manager, billionaire GOP donor, and father of Rebekah Mercer.
Roger MillikenAnti-union textile tycoon who kept the Freedom School afloat for many years. teaching its virulent brand of Libertarianism.
Roger StoneNixon’s consummate “dirty trickster” who shows up to do evil again and again at pivotal moments in political history, including the Brooks Brothers riot that led ultimately to George W. Bush prevailing in the 2000 election, as well as pro-Trump shenanigans in 2016, 2020, and 2022 including playing a key role in planning the January 6 coup and insurrection.
Ron JohnsonRight-wing Wisconsin Senator who married into his wealth and has been known to spout Russian propaganda.
Ronald LauderHeir to the EstΓ©e Lauder cosmetics fortune. Lauder, who had been a longtime supporter of Trump, has also indicated that so far, he will not back Trump’s 2024 White House run.
Ronald ReaganActor and GM spokesman who courted Evangelicals and “stole” them from Carter, making him a one-term president.
Roxanne PhillipsMember of the Council for National Policy Executive Committee as of 2022
Rudy GiulianiFormer “America’s mayor” of NYC who later debased himself in service to Trump, including getting himself disbarred in at least 2 jurisdictions.
Rupert MurdochAustralian-American Billionaire owner of Fox News.
Scott WalkerFormer Republican Governor of Wisconsin and CNP board member.
Sheldon AdelsonHotel tycoon, Koch network donor, and huge Trump backer up until his death. He is survived by his wife Miriam, who carries on the family traditional of taking from the poor to give to the rich.

He was the founding chairman and chief executive of the Vegas Sands Corporation, the largest gambling company in the world.
Stephen SchwarzmanStephen Schwarzman, CEO of Blackstone and a well-established GOP supporter, is listed among the top five billionaire donors. For the 2022 midterm elections, Schwarzman contributed more than $33 million, primarily to two Republican Congressional super PACs.

Net Worth: $29.1 billion
Source of Wealth: Investments
Residence: New York, NY
Steve BannonFormer advisor to Donald Trump who fleeces Trump supporters for money for a fake Wall project, tries to overthrow the government, and raises bail for Enrique Tarrio, among other despicable things.

Charged with:
* Contempt of Congress
* felony money laundering (NY)
* felony conspiracy (NY)
* felony scheme to defraud (NY)
Steve MnuchinTrump’s Secretary of the Treasury
Steve WynnCasino mogul and tax cheat who donates millions to the GOP every year.
Ted CruzRepublican Senator from Texas.

* His father is Rafael Cruz, a pastor in the Christian charismatic movement and 7 Mountains Dominionist.
* Married to Heidi Nelson since 2001, with two daughters (Caroline & Catherine)
* Ran for president in 2016 but lost the Republican nomination to Donald Trump
* born Dec 1970
* got caught flying to Cancun during the Feb 2021 winter storm that left millions of Texans freezing and without power.
The Leadership InstituteClaimed in a 2018 YouTube promo video by Mike Pence that the organization had trained 185,000 activists, operatives, and elected officials since forming in 1979 under Morton Blackwell, Paul Weyrich, and Richard Viguerie.
Thomas TullNet Worth: $2.8 billion
Source of Wealth: Movies, Investments
Residence: Pittsburgh, PA
Amount Donated to the Congressional Leadership Fund in 2022: $850,000
Timothy MellonBanking heir Timothy Mellon contributed over $10 million to the GOP super PAC Congressional Leadership Fund during the 2022 midterms.
Tom FittonPresident of Judicial Watch and a known Trump bootlicker. Reportedly gave TFG the “advice” to not return any classified documents to the US government that he stole away to Mar-a-Lago.

Fitton is the new President of the Council for National Policy (CNP) as of 2022.

Donald Trump appointed him to the DC Commission on Judicial Disabilities and Tenure, where he is slated to continue serving through 2025.
Tom McInernyPrivate equity investor who has donated heavily to the GOP, including the RNC, Kevin McCarthy, Paul Ryan, John McCain, Mitt Romney, Jeb Bush, and Tim Scott.
Vladimir PutinPresident and de facto dictator of Russia.
Warren StephensNet Worth: $3.2 billion
Source of Wealth: Investment Banking
Residence: Little Rock, AR
Amount Donated to the Congressional Leadership Fund in 2022: $2.5 million
Wendy GrammEconomist and Director at Enron; wife of Senator Phil Gramm (TX).
Wilbur RossFormer US Secretary of Commerce under Donald Trump.
William VoegeliProgram officer at the Olin Foundation from 1988 to 2003.
William WaltonPresident of the CNP

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