These 8 Rich Liberals Are Using Super PACs to Buy the 2014 Election

Meet the billionaires backing Harry Reid

• August 22, 2014 1:15 pm


The Democratic Party is in a "perilous position" for the 2014 election, but the rich liberal left is not giving up without a fight. Democrats have dominated the Super PAC game so far this summer, according to National Journal.

July was a big month for giving to Super PACs for many in the world of deep-pocketed liberal donors.

Here are the liberals who are trying to buy the 2014 election:

Tom Steyer

Tom Steyer and his wife Kat Taylor with Paul and Nancy Pelosi at the Golden Gate Bridge 75th Anniversary celebration / Drew Altizer Photography

Tom Steyer and his wife Kat Taylor with Paul and Nancy Pelosi at the Golden Gate Bridge 75th Anniversary celebration / Drew Altizer Photography

The hedge-fund manager turned environmentalist activist gave the biggest Super PAC donation of anybody in July: $7.5 million to his own NextGen Climate, according to National Journal.

NextGen Climate, however, has not had the best summer.

His $2.6 million ad buy to target Republican Joni Ernst in Iowa was derailed when fact-checkers rated his ads as completely "false."

His multitude of ads this cycle have also been called "bizarre" and "not believable" by campaign advertising experts.

George Soros

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Liberal billionaire George Soros has been battling throughout the summer with an ex-girlfriend who smacked him in the middle of a courtroom and called him an "asshole" and a "piece of shit." But that has not distracted him from his liberal crusade.

Soros has directed more than a million dollars to Democratic Super PACs this summer, according to National Journal.

The prolific donor gave $500,000 apiece to House Majority PAC and the League of Conservation Voters Victory Fund. But that million dollars wasn't his family's only big outlay so far this summer. Soros's daughter, Andrea Soros Colombel, gave $250,000 to Planned Parenthood Votes.

Steve and Amber Mostyn

Amber and Steve Mostyn

Amber and Steve Mostyn

Texas trial lawyer Steve Mostyn and his wife Amber, whose fortune comes largely from taking advantage of hurricane damage in Texas, are long-time donors to the Democratic Party.

They are also responsible for the funding of the widely criticized Super PAC ad that falsely accused Republican Mitt Romney of giving a woman cancer.

Amber gave another $250,000 to Planned Parenthood’s Super PAC this July, according to National Journal.

Michael Bloomberg

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Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks during a meeting with Greece's Prime Minister Antonis Samaras in New York, Aug. 9, 2013. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Only Tom Steyer has contributed more to Super PACs this cycle than the wealthy former mayor of New York City.

His most recent big donation was the largest that the EMILY’s list Super PAC has ever received, according to National Journal.

Most recently, the former New York City mayor donated $2 million to Women Vote!—the largest contribution the EMILY's List Super PAC has ever received. Only Steyer has given more money to Super PACs this election season.

Haim Saban

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Haim Saban / AP

Haim Saban, the wealthy mastermind behind the Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers, committed $250,000 to Senate Majority PAC in July, even as he "dreams" of a Hillary Clinton presidency.

Though Saban has been a supporter of the Obama administration, he used to be a major critic, describing the administration as "leftists, really left leftists, so far to the left there’s not much space left between them and the wall."

Saban was also highly critical of Obama’s relationship with Israel during his first term, until he tried to mend his relationship with the president in a New York Times op-ed once election season came around.

Now Saban is using his wallet to help Democrats maintain control of the Senate as the country sputters through Obama’s second term.

Peter Angelos

The Balitmore Orioles: the Communist Party's Favorite baseball team/AP

The Balitmore Orioles: the Communist Party's Favorite baseball team/AP

Billionaire owner of the Baltimore Orioles Peter Angelos also threw $100,000 at Senate Majority PAC.

Angelos once made the mistake of getting drunk with Democrat fundraiser extraordinaire turned Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe and ended up giving him a million dollar contribution.

It is unclear whether Angelos was sober for his July Super PAC donation.

Eric Schmidt

Look at all that negative white space. Such a microaggression.

Google chairman Eric Schmidt is also putting his weight behind Senate Majority PAC with a $250,000 in July.

This is the second big donation of the summer from Schmidt, who gave a massive $1 million contribution to a Super PAC supporting Virginia Democrat Sen. Mark Warner in June.