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Democrats relentlessly demonize the Koch Brothers as Conservative political donors. They fail to mention they have an army of Millionaire & Billionaire Progressive Liberal political Donors who have successfully moved the Liberal agenda.

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The Democratic Sugar-Daddy/Sugar-Mama DossierProgressives have their mega-donors.Andy KrollIllustrations by Steve BrodnerLIGHTS, CAMERA, POLITICAL ACTIONJeffrey KatzenbergNow, with Priorities as his vehicle, Katzenberg has positioned himself as a leading financier behind a Hillary 2016 presidential bidAge: 63Home: Los AngelesOccupation: CEO, DreamWorks AnimationNet worth: $957 millionWhy he matters: Katzenberg hosted a crucial February 2007 fundraiser for Barack Obama, signaling Hollywoods overwhelming support for the senator over Hillary Clinton. Katzenberg ultimately raised tens of millions of dollars for Obamas 2008 and 2012 campaigns as well as funds for Governor Jerry Brown, Senator Elizabeth Warren, and others. He also ponied up $3.15 million for Democratic super PACs in the 2012 election cycle$2 million of which launched the influential Priorities USA Action.Now, with Priorities as his vehicle, Katzenberg has positioned himself as a leading financier behind a Hillary 2016 presidential bid.THE SON ALSO RISESJonathan SorosSoros wants to pass public financing in New York state while injecting Friends of Democracy into more state and congressional racesAge: 45Home: New York CityOccupation: Investor, political activistNet worth: UnknownWhy he matters: Jonathan Soros has emerged in recent years as a savvy donor and operative, much more hands-on than his father, George, the billionaire investor and Democratic donor. In particular, the younger Soros has pumped millions into the cause of campaign-finance reform, mostly through Friends of Democracy, an antisuper PAC super PAC that seeks to elect state and federal lawmakers who support public financing of elections. In 2012, seven of the eight lawmakers backed by Soross PAC won.Soros wants to pass public financing in New York state while injecting Friends of Democracy into more state and congressional races.THE BLACK SHEEPLaura RickettsRicketts is the black sheep of her right-leaning family, which owns the Chicago CubsAge: 46Home: ChicagoOccupation: Co-owner, Chicago Cubs; activistNet worth: UnknownWhy she matters:Ricketts is the black sheep of her right-leaning family, which owns the Chicago Cubs. Her father, Joe, the founder of TD Ameritrade, and her brother Todd are the brains and money behind Ending Spending, a conservative political operation that during the 2012 election considered attacking Obama as a metrosexual, black Abe Lincoln but later abandoned that plan. By contrast, Laura, who is a lesbian, bundled at least $793,000 for Obama since 2007 and started her own super PAC to elect pro-lesbian, pro-women candidates.THE GREEN BILLIONAIRETom SteyerBelieving that global warming is the generational cause of our time, Steyer has opened his own political shop, NextGen Climate, to influence electionsAge: 57Home: San FranciscoOccupation: Retired hedge-fundinvestor, environmental activistNet worth: $1.6 billionWhy he matters: Steyer has been a reliable Democratic donor since the 1990s and a major spender on California ballot initiativesin 2012, he dropped $30 million on a measure to close corporate tax loopholes and invest the money in schools and the environment.Believing that global warming is the generational cause of our time, Steyer has opened his own political shop, NextGen Climate, to influence elections. In 2013, NextGen spent $8 million to defeat Republican Virginia gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli. This year, Steyer aims to spend $100 million (or more) to elect environmentally conscious candidates and pressure state and federal lawmakers to take action fighting climate change.THE TEXANSSteve Mostyn and Amber Anderson MostynThe Mostyns donated $5.2 million to Democratic super PACs in the 2012 cycle, and theyre poised to provide much more in 2016Age: 43, 43Home: HoustonOccupation: Trial lawyersNet worth: UnknownWhy they matter: The long-term effort under way to turn Texas blue, largely by registering millions of Latino voters and implementing an Obama-style get-out-the-vote machine, wouldntexist if not for the Mostyns. Theyveemerged as the anchor donors ofTexas Democratic politics, giving $250,000 to Battleground Texas and leading Annies List, a state-level version of EMILYs List, which identifies,trains, and funds pro-choice Democratic women candidates for office.The Mostyns donated $5.2 million to Democratic super PACs in the 2012 cycle, and theyre poised to provide much more in 2016. Theyre founding members of Ready for Hillary, the super PAC-cum-campaign-in-waiting for Clintons 2016 run.THE LGBT ATMTim GillNo donor has done more to promote marriage equality in the country than GillAge: 60Home: DenverOccupation: Former software developer, LGBT activistNet worth: UnknownWhy he matters:No donor has done more to promote marriage equality in the country than Gill. But you probably havent heard of him. He prefers it that way. Over his lifetime, Gill has given $300 million to the gay-rights causeelecting local and state politicians who support same-sex marriage and expanding rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender peopleincluding a new campaign targeting southern and western states. Much of Gills giving is done through 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) nonprofits, which is why his profile is lower than those of his fellow progressive donors.THE TECH BROSean ParkerHis network of young tech execs could be a wellspring of Democratic cash in future electionsAge: 34Home: New York CityOccupation: Tech investorNet worth: $2.6 billionWhy he matters: One of the Facebook billionaires, Parker is ramping up his political activitiesand, like some of his tech brethren, taking an unorthodox approach by courting candidates across the ideological spectrum. Hes donated mostly to Democrats so farhis $500,000 check made him Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffes largest individual donor in 2013while also meeting with the likes of Senator Rand Paul and hosting GOP lawmakers in Silicon Valley. His $250,000 donation to Friends of Democracy, the antisuper PAC super PAC founded by Jonathan Soros, signaled Parkers goal of reducing moneys influence in Congress.His network of young tech execs could be a wellspring of Democratic cash in future elections.THE RECLUSIVE ROCKEFELLERAlida MessingerMessinger, the youngest daughter of John D. Rockefeller III, has invested more than $10 million in progressive politics in MinnesotaAge: 64Home: Afton, MinnesotaOccupation: Philanthropist, conservationistNet worth: UnknownWhy she matters:Messinger, the youngest daughter of John D. Rockefeller III, has invested more than $10 million in progressive politics in Minnesota, where Democrats control both U.S. Senate seats, five of the states eight congressional seats, and every constitutional officegovernor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state, and state auditor. Messinger, who was once married to Governor Mark Dayton, has also spread the gospel of Minnesota progressivesto donors in other regions who hope to turn their states blue.THE HAWKHaim SabanThe president of the United States, wearing his boxers, is coming down the stairs, and I am going to have to stop talking and go have breakfast with him.Age: 69Home: Beverly HillsOccupation: Entertainment executiveNet worth: $3.4 billionWhy he matters: Saban, who brought the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers to U.S. audiences, is a close friend of Bill and Hillary Clintons and has donated millions to their foundation and the Clinton Presidential Library. He can raise millions for a Hillary presidential bid. A hawk on issues regarding Israel, Saban funds a highly regarded annual conference on U.S.Israeli relations that has featured both Clintons as speakers. Bill has stayed at Sabans home, with his host once telling a friend,The president of the United States, wearing his boxers, is coming down the stairs, and I am going to have to stop talking and go have breakfast with him.ROCKY MOUNTAIN HIGH ROLLERPat StrykerPat Stryker was one of the Gang of Four donors who invested heavily in turning Colorado blue starting in the early 2000sAge: 58Home: Fort Collins, ColoradoOccupation: PhilanthropistNet worth: $1.9 billionWhy she matters: An heiress to the founder of the Stryker medical-device company,Pat Stryker was one of the Gang of Four donors who invested heavily in turning Colorado blue starting in the early 2000s. The political machine her money helped create in Colorado has served as the template for progressive takeovers in Maine, Minnesota, and Washington state. As Democrats fight to keep Colorado in their column by defending their majorities in the legislature and re-electing Governor John Hickenlooper, Strykers donations will play a crucial role.THE RENEGADE 1-PERCENTERNick HanauerHanauer has helped build a coalition of nonprofits intended to nudge Washington state to the leftAge: 54Home: SeattleOccupation: Venture-capital investor, activist, philanthropistNet worth: $1 billionWhy he matters:Hanauer has helped build a coalition of nonprofits intended to nudge Washington state to the left. He co-founded the League of Education Voters while giving $5 million to Democratic candidates and efforts supporting ballot measures to mandate background checks for gun purchases and raise the state income tax. Hanauer, who caused a ruckus with a 2012 TED talk about inequality, also sits on the board of the Democracy Alliance, the national liberal donor club.CITIZEN MAINES. Donald SussmanSussman funded a ballot measure to reinstate same-day voter registrationAge: 68Home: North Haven, MaineOccupation: Hedge-fund investor,newspaper ownerNet worth: UnknownWhy he matters: Maines most powerful 1-percenter, a hedge-fund manager married to Congresswoman Chellie Pingree, Sussman runs various funds that control $2 billion. He owns several Maine newspapers, including thePortland Press Herald, and he has given more than $12 million to political committees, ballot initiatives, and political nonprofits since the 1990s, including $1.15 million in 2012 to a super PAC