Are Billionaire Donors Driving Trump’s Iran Policy?

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2004-08 Giving* $351 million

Legacies of the Marcus Foundation include Atlanta's $290 million aquarium, the Marcus Institute for children with disabilities and learning disorders, Autism Speaks (a national autism organization), and a state-of-the-art bioterrorism unit at the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. The foundation does not have an endowment, but receives its funding annually from Marcus, who says he wants to give away his wealth while he's alive.  

*Based on public records and interviews with donors
Data: BusinessWeek, The Chronicle of Philanthropy and the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University

by Eli Clifton President Donald Trump’s latest denunciation of the Iran nuclear deal (also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA) at the United Nations was hardly a surprise. Indeed, attacking the agreement was a mainstay of… Continue Reading  

Rubio Returns—Billionaires Rejoice?

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by Eli Clifton Florida Sen. Marco Rubio’s announcement on Wednesday that he would seek reelection to the Senate was a reversal of his prior pledge that he would not run. Rubio attributed his decision to the fact that losing his… Continue Reading  

Hawkish Billionaires for Mark Kirk

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by Eli Clifton On Tuesday night, Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) won her U.S. Senate primary, lining her up to challenge incumbent Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL), who also won his primary, in the November election. J Street PAC, the political arm… Continue Reading  

Reading Tea Leaves in the Adelson Primary

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by Eli Clifton and Ali Gharib What Republican contender will Sheldon Adelson, and potentially his tens of millions of dollars, end up backing this election cycle? So far, the GOP megadonor has avoided revealing his top choice, but the hints… Continue Reading  

Rubio Emerges from Iowa with New Strength in Adelson Primary

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by Eli Clifton Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) came in third to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Donald Trump in last night’s Iowa caucus, but he may emerge as the big winner from the first contest in the Republican nomination contest.… Continue Reading