Trump is the one candidate with nearly unlimited resources to buy others—their support, their silence, their cooperation, their acquiescence for fear of being lied about and smeared
In the grand scheme of billionaires, Trump is small potatoes.
#1, Bill Gates is a big fan of Common Core
#2, Warren Buffet is a big fan of planned parenthood and liberal
#5, the Koch Brothers, are libertarians
#7, Mark Zuckerberg is an Open Borders Obama supporter who devoted vast resources to Obama’s IT systems to track and motivate voters
#8, Michael Bloomberg is a Democrat who ran as Republican to buy the office of NY mayor
#10, Larry Page is an Obama supporter who also devoted vast resources to Obama’s IT effort systems to track and motivate voters
#11, Sergey Brin – See #10.
#15, Sheldon Adelson supports Republicans, but is holding his hand close to his chest.
Trump comes in at #121. His measly $4.5 billion is dwarfed by the sums that Sheldon Adelson ($26 billion) and the Koch Brothers ($41 billion) could spend on the GOP side.
The one thing Trump supporters say is that he can’t be bought. However, there are 120 billionaires out there who are richer than Trump and can spend what it takes via Super PACs, to support their chosen candidate. They can’t buy Trump but they can buy a Cruz or Rubio or Bush.
It was support from the likes of Zuckerberg, Brin and Page that helped Obama beat Romney. Silicon valley leftists from Google and FB helped build the software that powered Obama’s campaign and get-out-the-vote effort.
The Romney campaign had nothing to match it. Its Project Orca was a disaster. So much for Romney’s management expertise; he got suckered by GOP campaign consultants who sold him a pig-in-a-poke. Project Orca never got tested under the load of a simulated election. Trump’s management style is simple: hire the best and watch them closely.
Trump has been called the “Blue Collar Billionaire”. He seems to have an affinity with people who build things with their own hands. I built computer software architectures in my professional life, and I know what it takes to create something out of thousands of different parts under intense time constraints. My structures were the vehicles for managing health care benefits, pension funds, payrolls, investments and system interfaces. Unlike Trump, I didn’t have the skills stack to translate that into a business I owned.
So, you can kvetch and whine about how nasty Mr. Trump may be, but us vulgarians recognize and value someone who has concrete accomplishments instead of broken campaign promises.