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As mind-boggling as that seems, a billion-dollar donor is only a matter of time.
Center for Responsive Politics Executive Director Sheila Krumholz on the ever-increasing cost of elections and big donors. (CNBC)

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Our elections: a shouting match between wealthy Democrats:

"In early February, Mr. Steyer gathered two dozen of the country’s leading liberal donors and environmental philanthropists to his 1,800-acre ranch in Pescadero, Calif. — which raises prime grass-fed beef — to ask them to join his efforts. People involved in the discussions say Mr. Steyer is seeking to raise $50 million from other donors to match $50 million of his own."

and wealthy Republicans:

A group of major GOP donors, led by New York billionaire Paul Singer, is quietly expanding its political footprint ahead of the midterm elections in an increasingly assertive effort to shape the direction of the Republican Party.

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Insufficient Influence

Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.) is in Chicago today for a series of fundraisers, including:

"Private meetings in the afternoon with high-dollar donors were to be capped with a dinner at the home of billionaire couple Ken and Anne Griffin."

In 2012, Griffin was asked, “Do you think the ultrawealthy have an inordinate or inappropriate amount of influence on the political process?”

His response: “I think they actually have an insufficient influence.”

Does a dinner at your home with a possible 2016 presidential candidate count as sufficient or? 

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