Huckabee Has A Sugar Daddy

Politico has the details:

Almost all the money raised by the super PAC supporting former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee came from one donor: Ronald Cameron of Little Rock, Arkansas. Cameron, the CEO of the agribusiness behemoth Mountaire, gave $3 million to the pro-Huckabee super PAC Pursuing America’s Greatness, according to a Friday FEC filing. Cameron is a regular donor to major Republican causes. After Cameron, Sharon Herschend of Herschend Family Entertainment donated $500,000 to the super PAC. Real estate investor Jon K. Gibson and Cary Maguire, president of the Maguire Oil donated $50,000 each. In total, the super PAC raised $3,604,855.94.

In other words, about 98% of the donations came from just three donors.

  • MDB

    IDIOTS ! “A foole and his money be soone at debate: which after with sorow repents him too late.” ~ Thomas Tusser 1557
    … A fool and his money are soon parted.

    • David L. Caster

      Yeah, one wonders how or where these individuals got their money. It certainly was not by being smart business people because their ROI on The Hudkster purchase will be zero.

      • David Gervais

        One of the principles of investment is to diversify your holdings. Three or four politicians at a couple of million each is impulse shopping money to someone with access to many billions of dollars. Note, a million dollars is one-thousandth of one billion. Would it be big money to you if you gave 1/1000th of your disposable income or even net worth?

        • David L. Caster

          I’m not against spending money, just wasting it. It’s hard to imagine a scenario in which Huckabee will ever be worth 3 million dollars to an already wealthy businessman. If I had money to “invest” in politicians, it would not be on a has-been with little in the way of a political future like Huckabee. I’d go for a little richer prize and spend a little more for somebody with real power.

  • shellback

    In other words, about 98% of the donations came from just three brain-dead donors.

  • bkmn

    More evidence that being rich does not mean you are smart.

    • RoFaWh

      The hyper-wealthy got that way by luck, not because of any particular skill or insight.

      They deserve no special respect.

  • LonelyLiberal

    You can just feel the grass-roots love.

  • crewman

    They can afford a lot more free speech than the rest of us.

    • David L. Caster

      I’m surprised the CBOE hasn’t figured out how to trade it yet.

      Justice essentially works the same way: you get what you can pay for.

  • Lakeview Bob

    Fuckabee is an unpopular loser.

  • geoffalnutt

    Probably some hateful megachurch. Gee, that could be any one of them!

  • Wesinoregon

    He’s in the wrong country.

  • Jack_Carter_USA

    One dollar, one vote.

  • Randy Left Brooklyn

    Those percentages are very similar to NOM’s, where for years over 75% of their money came from 3 individuals. I would like to know who NOM’s 3 are, and I hope Maine’s campaign disclosure laws finally catch up with NOM.

    • Bj Lincoln

      Maine has been trying for YEARS and nothing. I don’t think they will ever get what they’re after.

      • Randy Left Brooklyn

        I think you are wrong. Someone on here made a reply to me when I made a comment like yours and he provided a tremendous amount of detail that convinced me Maine had aggressively pursued NOM and that NOM was running out of stalling tactics.

    • leo77
      • Randy Left Brooklyn

        Thanks. That was a good article. It doesn’t sound like he was donating at the level necessary to make NOM’s top 3, but he would certainly be in NOM’s top 20, so that would explain Brian Brown’s quote.

  • Homo Erectus

    Wow! What an enormous fan base!

    • Its bigger than I thought it was!

      • Homo Erectus

        People say that to me all the time 😉

        • I can see why now!

  • JustSayin’

    Its a shame that Dollywood and the Harlem Globetters indirectly generated money that went to this fucknut.

  • JT
    • StraightGrandmother

      Oh my that is a GREAT ad!

      Gonna screen cap that & save it.

      • Prixator

        It’s easier to just save the image (right click).

    • TreGibbs

      AWESOME !

  • marshlc

    Maddow had a piece the other day about Cruz, which was essentially the same – he’s got something like $38 million, 36 of which came from I think it was four donors. It’s seriously messed up.

  • Jude Newton

    Not surprisingly, Ronald Cameron is against gay marriage. Interestingly enough, the Mountaire website says it promotes “diversity” just not equality, I guess.

    • Meaning they will hire non-whites to work at their minimum wage jobs.

      • clay

        BOTH non-whites AND immigrant women!

  • DaddyRay

    There is no way we would ever be seeing 17 candidates in the race on the GOP side if Citizens United didn’t completely turn things upside down. If these clowns would have had to work with the old limitations on donations then 2/3 of them wouldn’t be in the race.

    Welcome to the new reality post SCOTUS Citizens United.

    • Dreaming Vertebrate

      Can we just stop calling it by the euphemism “Citizens United” and use the more appropriate term Oligarchs United.

      • Bj Lincoln

        You make a great point but Oligarchs is difficult for some to pronounce.

        • Or spell

          • Gustav2

            You looking at me?

          • Nope! You have no idea how many times I’ve had to alter comments due to not being able to spell a word close enough that spell check could fix it for me.

        • bkmn

          And the GOP base only understands -isms, like socialism, communism, etc. However they don’t understand the difference between them at all.

          • RoFaWh






        • David L. Caster

          Easy to say: olle-gark (crude but effective in most regions). Spell: olig-arch. This is an “easy” plural. I’m sure I would drive English teachers crazy with my spelling and pronunciation mnemonic devices. I still can’t spell all that well and I have to work at pronouncing some words more than others. Computers have enabled me to write reasonably well though I still need an editor for longer treatises I intend to publish.

      • Go Epilepsy

        Oligarchs United, brought to you by John Roberts and Anthony Kennedy.

        John Roberts is the most anti-democratic justice in my living memory. Go, Epilepsy! Make him bust his head open again, preferrably while driving a party bus with Scalia, Alito and Thomas and a bevy of hookers. Over a cliff.

        Kennedy gets an indulgence, but Citizens United is NOT his finest hour.

    • CanuckDon

      What I don’t understand is why these donors would throw oodles of money towards a candidate with little chance of winning. Are they duped into thinking they will? What’s in it for them?

      • DaddyRay

        I imagine supper rich people live in a bubble and don’t often have people around them telling them no

        • DaddyRay

          I rest my case

          • clay

            And now we know what a 73 year old Bieber will be.

            Imagine him trying to climb stairs with his knees hobbled like that. It’s why I think his tugging on the legs as he tries to walk.

          • Prixator

            I don’t like Bieber, at all. Never have understood his popularity and really dislike how he has handled his fame.

            But, he was a real kid once, not too long ago. Here is he and his mom at Toronto Pride in 2006:

          • TreGibbs

            What the fuck is that? And why’d it shit it’s pants?

          • McSwagg

            Looks like he has a full diaper in the second picture.

      • canoebum

        It’s not a political campaign. It’s a commercial enterprise with a profit motive. They’re not donors, they’re INVESTORS. After pumping up the Huckster’s brand with all the free advertising via a political season, they’ll cash in later on the book deals, speaking fees and merchandise. It’s a business. Plain and simple.

        Edit: 7:45 pm. From Think Progress:

        • DaddyRay

          And just like Trump grabbing all of the news cycle attention it is the influencing the debate to topics they want to talk about – not the topics that should be up for debate

        • CanuckDon

          Thanks for the interesting explanation. it certainly is troubling to see how business people’s minds work but I guess that’s why they’re wealthy and I’m not. Don’t you just love how they push the ultra-patriotism while screwing the country over by taking advantage of its political system….but ain’t that America.

          • Prixator

            …land of the free! Well, for a few it certainly is! The others just have to pay for it.

        • zhera

          It also helps pulling the political discourse even more towards the right, making it near impossible to create humane and worker friendly legislation. And I bet they can get most of the donations back on tax write-offs or whatever it’s called.

          • Gustav2

            But it is important not to forget Walker is very religious and Kasich wrote a ‘Come to Jesus’ book to reintroduce himself to Ohio for his first campaign for Gov.

            Both are Teavangelicals sounding reasonable, but both have quietly made access to contraception more difficult, and are anti-choice in every way.

      • Captain Jack

        Tax write off??

    • clay

      Similarly, Rand Paul’s PAC’s contributions are mostly from only two donors. So much for his “movement”. Jib is highly imbalanced, as far as fund-raising goes. He has a lot of NE and Florida donors, but they’re all donating to the PAC, not the campaign. Jib has had nearly no campaign contributions.

    • John30013

      Well, one silver lining just might be that so much GOP money is spread out among so many candidates in the primaries, there’s less of it left over for the general election. #InfightingIsExpensive

    • Gindy51

      2/3 of them are in the race to take money from the 1% and corporations. If the 1% and corporations are so stupid as to donate to them (see the fools who donated to Huckabee’s Super PAC) more power to them. Less money in their pockets to do harm where it really counts.

    • leo77

      This echoes something touched upon at TPM this week. That fact that Marco Rubio’s financial peculiarities and especially his dependence on a single Florida businessman, (who also happens to employ his wife) has been largely ignored by the main stream media.

  • Dreaming Vertebrate

    And here I’d been thinkin’ it was Russia that was the Oligarchy.
    My bad.

  • j.martindale
    • BobSF_94117

      I’d upvote you for the sentiment, but the image is so disturbing I have to go lie down, away from my computer.

    • TreGibbs

      Well, at least they got the penis right…

  • Blake J Butler

    i wonder how much the duggars will donate ? considering that he supports that family, but removed from his campaign website to try to distant himself from them. And considering they feel they’ve done nothing wrong, will they be public about like they were with Santorum in ’12. They’ll probably donate big bucks, since they tried to edge him on to run back then, but he said no, and had to settle for Santorum.

    • Duggars? Donate money? To someone else? pfft, havent you heard, they are $$broke$$ and are shilling for money.

      • Blake J Butler

        Their stupid to allow that revaluation of Josh’s to become public, but because the men in that family are being groomed for politics, most likely that revelation was going to become public anyways.

        Their money situation however, is not so simple. Yes because of the show they are multi-millionaires. They once operated a business, they allowed cell phone towers to be built on their land back in the day, they make their own clothes, hit up goodwill, and occasionally buy new stuff. They don’t splurge, they conserve their money, most likely for political means. But they do stand to become broke as in broke not -rich person broke. Because the lone victim of Josh’s that wasn’t his sister, Is suing him, so there’s no telling what could happen with their cash flow.

  • LeftyNYC

    I keep doing the math, and I’m pretty sure it’s even worse than Joe said. The four donors they listed paid $3.6M out of $3,604,855.94. That means 99.86% of Huckabee’s money came from those 4 donors.

    The remaining donors contributed $4.855.94 (or 0.13%). Yup– about one-tenth of one percent came from ALL other donors. Crazy.

    • Shy Guy

      Yes, I did wonder why Joe only counted the top 3, when the 3rd and 4th were both for the same amount ($50k).

    • Homo Erectus

      I figure the remaining $4,855.94 is about $231.00 per Duggar.

    • Stev84

      At least it shows that there aren’t many people crazy enough to donate money to Fuckabee

  • Eebadee-eebadee-thatsallfolks

    Mountaire is a gynormous chicken farm, or a “fully integrated poultry company” as they describe themselves on their website.

    • Eebadee-eebadee-thatsallfolks

      I say sick PETA on Huckabee.

      Also, I wonder if it is possible to find out if Mountaire would just happen to be the main supplier for Chik-Fil-Hate.

      • Wow, sorta makes being allergic to chicken ok after seeing this poor chicken. These men should be ashamed of themselves. That is no way to treat a living animal.

        • non

          Don’t worry, they won’t be living long. Americans are very hungry.

      • Dreaming Vertebrate

        What happened to that poor chicken?
        It looks half plucked!
        Is this an escaped Mountaire bird?
        Run Chicky, run!

        • McSwagg

          By nature, chickens establish a literal ‘pecking order’ within a flock. (Yes I mean literal in its actual dictionary sense.) If the chickens are confined and crowded into one of these ‘chicken houses’, the ‘pecking’ behavior becomes exaggerated and harmful, with the results pictured.

      • Homo Erectus

        Oh. My. Gawd! A self-plucking chicken!

      • clay

        Here’s a pic of someone’s naked cock:

    • William

      That looks like the sort of place that breeds salmonella.

      • McSwagg

        Chicken raised in ‘chicken house’ conditions is pretty much guaranteed to be infected with salmonella. That is why the USDA has such an aggressive campaign to teach people to properly cook their chicken and to practice diligent care in the kitchen so as not to contaminate other foods. The chickens are also force fed a steady diet of antibiotics to try to prevent them from catching other diseases that would devastate the entire ‘chicken house’. The American flock is currently infected with bird flu. That is why there is a shortage of eggs and why we cannot export chicken to Europe at this time.

  • Bj Lincoln

    It’s un-American to allow big business and only rich white men to run and fund our nation while the rest of us work 10 times harder for 1000 times less and our only hope is our one vote each.

    • McSwagg

      If Jebya has his way, you’ll work 20 times harder for 2000 times less just to keep your head barely above water.

  • BobSF_94117

    I wonder what he has on them.

  • Captain Jack
  • delk

    Wow. What a colossal waste of money.

    Congratulations, you gave a ton of cash to a guy that has no chance, just so he can say real fucking stupid bigoted things that makes your ‘god’ look like a dick.

    • skeptical_inquirer

      It always makes me furious at the good that money could do if it had been donated for feeding poor kids during summer when schools are out (a BIG thing actually), health clinics, infrastrucuture and basically anything but stupid freaking political advertising.

  • Secure

    Why not just have a good bonfire in the fall?

  • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

    When SCOTUS ruled in Obergefell and Windsor, the right (and Huckabee one of the loudest) complained that these were unelected activist judges/lawyers in black robes.

    Of course, when SCOTUS handed down its Citizens United decision, where were the cries from the right in general, and Fuckabee in particular?

  • Reality.Bites

    You know I can understand the stereotype of the deluded old folks donating their social security to someone they think is “godly” and will make things the way they used to be. But I’m utterly baffled by people with lots of money throwing their money away. I understand the idea of buying politicians, but why bother trying to buy one who won’t be elected.

    • Gustav2

      They just want to keep the Jesus in God’s Own Party.

    • DaddyRay

      Because there is something in it for them – they don’t spend that kind of money for altruistic purposes. I wouldn’t be surprised if someday we find out it is a form of money laundering.

    • LonelyLiberal

      The Overton window, mostly. If the Huckster gains even modest popularity, other candidates will have to echo his message to remain relevant. If that goes all the way to the top, it then becomes part of the campaign for the Presidency.

      The impact is most effective with somebody who’s already fairly popular, which the Huckster used to be, but his influence seems to be fading.

      There could also be a True Believer thing here, so if these donors honestly believe that Huck is the anointed one, they may donate just because of that.

      Or they may have something they want Huck to do and are buying his influence. How much influence he has, I couldn’t say. Not very much, I’ll wager, but I’ll also bet that the donors didn’t exactly break the bank with this donation, either.

  • Bluto

    So he’s one of those temple whores that Jesus warned us about.

    • Dreaming Vertebrate

      Ding, ding, ding!
      Long as the Huckster gets his 40 pieces of silver, he is at your service!

  • non

    Fuck Huckabee. But where do you think Hillary’s money comes from?

    Everyone–Democrats, Republicans, Independents, Greens, Socialists, conservatives, liberals–everyone (well 99% of everyone) agrees that massive amount of money in politics is a form of corruption and bribery. Yet to Democrat loyalists (a group most LGBT folks belong to) somehow think corruption is good when Democrats do it. Or they ignore it. And to Republican loyalists, corruption is good when Republicans do it. Or they ignore it.

    Hillary is a member of the same group of oligarchs. She is a collaborator, enabler, and beneficiary of the the wall street banker CROOKS who caused and profited from the crash of 2008. And your hero, Barack Obama with overwhelming support from both Democrats and Republicans, is the one who chose to protect them from prosecution and instead give them more money.

    I’m not saying vote for Republicans. Fuck Republicans. I’m saying focus on the real problem. Stop supporting *all* corrupt politicians from *any* party.

    Gay people are so easy to manipulate. Just changed your logo to rainbow colors, and then bam. You’re no longer a corrupt oligarch in their eyes, no matter how much you fuck the country over.

    • William

      Until comprehensive campaign finance laws are passed, all politicians are whores. Elections are a matter of choosing the best whore.

      • non

        Campaign finance laws won’t change until the citizens demand it.

        As long as citizens have your attitude, there will be no change.

        You are part of the problem, not part of the solution. Shame on you.

        • William

          Go lick a light socket.

          • non

            Go cheerlead for a corrupt oligarch while decrying oligarchy and corruption.

          • William

            I think elections should be replaced by public auctions. All proceeds would go directly into the treasury.

          • David Gervais

            This has been suggested before.
            The Space Merchants, Poll & Kornbluth

            This is an element of the society depicted in that book..

    • clay

      They’re all politicians. There is, however, a quantitative difference– The GOP front-runners, other than Trump who is nearly bribery free, are doing nearly all of their fund-raising into nearly unregulated PACs. Though Hilary is certainly using a PAC, she’s mostly do it through the smaller, more regulated campaign contributions. (Note: I think the WashPo used a Rand Paul estimate– he released last Friday night that $5 mill of that was to his PAC, nearly all if it from only two donors).

      • non

        Oh, I guess Hilary isn’t a corrupt oligarch then. My bad.

        • clay

          The way this system is gamed right now, of course a corrupt oligarch is going to win it. But that does NOT mean I’m going to throw away my vote on which corruption is less, and less likely to harm me.

  • William

    I expect these funds are in appreciation of covering up other cases of Duggaring

  • KnownDonorDad

    Citizen United.

  • djcoastermark

    The other thing I find most disturbing and not really mentioned is the donation from Herschend. Most people do not realize that Herschend Entertainment is the company that runs DOLLYWOOD and Silver Dollar City Amusement Parks as well as the controllers of the Harlem Globetrotters. This I find VERY disturbing. Why is this not mentioned and more of an issue with people ? Or is it that they just never realized this ?

  • JCF

    Mike Huckabee in “Give It To Me Again, Daddy!: most disgusting porno EVAH.

  • TreGibbs

    God – what a waste of $3.6 million…

  • Kissmagrits

    A ground swell of sentiment for Governor Hucklebuck’s point of view? Not bloody f-ing likely!

    It’s the expected ballot box stuffing originating with the 1% – just like it was predicted when “Citizens United” and the sacking of the voting process began five years ago. Blame it on Opus Dei Catholics wearing black robes and winking at dark money.

  • justmeeeee

    So Mikie has actually brought in just shy of $5,000 from real voters?

  • ScottChicago

    After the oligarchic revolution in Rome came the military dictatorship of Caesar. Possible parallel?

  • Bill S

    He shouldn’t have to rely on Uncle Sugar.