[Ed. – When government becomes a frigging slot machine for big donors. You realize, of course, that it’s not “campaign finance law” that needs to be changed. It’s what government does that needs to be changed. If you can’t buy favors from government, you stop giving to everybody in sight hoping for a payoff.]
John Catsimatidis, a Manhattan grocery chain owner, gave as much money as allowed to Hillary Rodham Clinton’s Democratic primary campaign. Two months later, he gave the same amount, $2,700, to Jeb Bush, her would-be Republican challenger.
“I’ve been friends with both of their families for many, many years,” he said. “They both love America, and I’d be happy if either of them won.”
The billionaire is one of at least 60 donors hedging their bets heading into 2016 by giving to presidential campaigns of both parties, an Associated Press review of federal campaign finance records found. While those contributions totaled only about $300,000, they are an odd wrinkle of presidential politics in a race expected to see 22 candidates vying for billions of dollars in contributions. …
“I write so many checks, I forget who I write them to,” Catsimatidis said. Campaign records show that he also gave to South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, both Republican presidential hopefuls. And he thinks he has forked over money to groups helping ex-Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s presidential ambitions, too, he says.
Explaining why he favors many, rather than one, he said, “My money gives them the ability to be heard by others.”