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Donors giving $1M+ to Priorities Action USA through 11/30/12, according to ProPublica's PAC Track :

James Simons -- Pablo Alvarez Group # 1Edit

  • Chairman, Renaissance Technologies Corp
  • According to BloomsbergBusinessWeek "Renaissance Technologies Corp. is a privately owned hedge fund sponsor. The firm primarily provides its services to pooled investment vehicles."
  • Total donated to this Super PAC $9.5M
  • Other PACs donated to:
  •     House majority PAC - $1.5M
  •     Majority Pac - $3M
  •     Priorities USA Action $5M
  • Muckety Map
  • Wikipedia page: James Simons
  • Political motivations:James Simons a father, husband, hedge fund manager, and philanthropist who never like the spotlight and was rarely interviewed. He created the  Paul Simons Foundation which focused on education and health.

Fred Eychaner -- Do not select this donor (appears on another page)Edit

Steve Mostyn -- Group # 2-- G. CorralEdit

  • Attorney, Mostyn Law Firm
    • Mostyn Law Firm is a Texas-based law firm that specializes in property damage and "represent[ing] people who have been treated unfairly and in bad faith by their property insurance carrier." The firm practices a wide range of other litigations including but not limited to: Insurance, Personal Injury, Workplace, Moving Vehicle, etc. 
  • Total donated to this Super PAC -- $3M
  • Muckety Map
  • Wikipedia page: not available
  • Political motivations: According to The New York Times, Democratic-affiliated attorneys Steve Mostyn and his wife do not agree with the idea of Super PACS and were disapproving of the Supreme Court's 2010 Citizen's United decision regarding the direct funding of political candidates. In addition, the Mostyns were not happy with President Obama's unnecessary "[accommodation] to Republicans," throughout his presidency, regarding Obama as being "naive." Mostyn has been known to be an active opponent to tort reform, handing out money to others opposing the case. But Mostyn had never given a large sum of money to a political candidate before, but during the 2012 election campaign of President Obama, Mostyn's strong desire to keep Sen. Mitt Romney out of the oval office urged him to contribute to Super PAC, Priorities USA Action. Mostyn still had doubts of contributing money to a political candidate who could potentially be outspent by his opponent, Mitt Romney. But after hearing that "well-spent donations could help a democrat prevail over a better financed Republican opponent," Mostyn was convinced and became the state's largest Democratic donor in the election cycle. 

Jeffrey Katzenberg -- Group # 3--Chelsea GalvezEdit

  • CEO, DreamWorks Animation
    • According to Bloomberg Businessweek, "DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. engages in the development, production, and exploitation of animated films and associated characters worldwide. The company operates through two reportable segments, Film and TV Specials/Series, and Classic Media."
  • Total donated to this Super PAC -- $3M
  • Other PACs donated to:
    • Majority Pac--$100K
    • House Majority Pac--$25K
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  • Wikipedia page: Jeffrey Katzenberg
  • Political motivations: Katzenberg identifies to the Democratic Party. In recent politics, he has strongly allied himself with Barack Obama. By supporting Barack Obama's Priorities USA Action PAC, Katzenberg hopes to expand the boarders of DreamWorks Animation. The Washington Post's Jennifer Rubin reports that prior to Katzenberg's announcement of Oriental DreamWorks, he had met with Chinese vice president, Hilary Clinton, and Joe Biden. It is suggested that it was at this meeting that Katzenberg discussed the Oriental DreamWorks project and that the conversation was facilitated by Biden and Clinton. In order to create Oriental DreamWorks, it was vital for Katzenberg to see that there would be a newly created deal that would open China up to more film production. Besides this, Katzenberg hoped to gain some sort of reputable figure that would allow for proper profit sharing to the U.S DreamWorks Animation studio. Without political involvement, it is safe to say that Katzenberg's vision of Oriental DreamWorks wouldn't have really gone anywhere.

Irwin Jacobs -- Group # 4 - Trevor HussmannEdit

  • Information Requested, Information Requested
  • According to Bloomberg Businessweek, Dr. Irwin Mark Jacobs is a Co-founder of QUALCOMM Inc. and served as its Chief Executive Officer until July 2005. He is the founding chairman and CEO emeritus of Qualcomm. 
  • Total donated to this Super PAC -- $2.2M
  • Other PACs donated to:
    • American Bridge 21st Century -- $100K
    • Majority PAC -- $100K
    • Priorities USA Action -- $2M
  • Muckety Map (link to): http://www.muckety.com/Irwin-Mark-Jacobs/21102.muckety
  • Wikipedia page: Irwin Jacobs  (link to): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irwin_M._Jacobs
  • Political motivations: Irwin Jacobs is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the IEEE. He is a chairman on the Salk Institue of Biological Studies, and is on the international advisory board for the Israel Institute of Technology. Additionally, he serves on the advisory board for the School of Economics and Management at Tsing Hua University in Beijing. He is also active on the board of directors of the Pacific Council on International Policy in Los Angeles.

Anne Chambers -- Group # 5 -- Monica LaraEdit

  • Principal Owner, Cox Enterprises [1]
    • According to Bloomberg Businessweek the Cox Enterprises, Inc. "provides communications, media, and automotive services. It offers cable television distribution, telephone, high-speed Internet access, commercial telecommunications, advanced digital video, and advertising solutions; and vehicle auctions, repair and certification services, and Web-based technology products. The company also provides television and radio stations, and newspapers; online automotive advertising services; and operates Kudzu.com."[2]
  • Total donated to this Super PAC -- $2,000,000
  • Other PACs donated to: Not Available
  • Muckety Map [3]
  • Wikipedia page: [Chambers]
  • Political motivations: Anne Chambers has shown a long line of support of the Democratic Party. In 1977, she was appointed ambassador to Belgium under Democrat President Jimmy Carter. [4] Her father, James Cox, was a Democratic Presidential nominee in 1920 [[5]] . 

John Stryker -- Group # 6 -- Lawrence McCraryEdit

  • Billionaire, Stryker Corperation
  •  According to Forbes,  Jon Stryker, "one of three heirs to the Stryker medical equipment company, was identified as one of the top five donors to President Obama's reelection campaign." (link to[[6]] )
  • Total donated to this Super PAC -- $2M
  • Other PACs donated to:
    • House Majority PAC -- $250K
  • Muckety Map (link to)[7]
  • Wikipedia page: Jon Stryker (link to)[[8]]
  • Political motivations: The New York Times reports that Jon Stryker is a Gay rights activist and founder of the Arcus Foundation which fights social injustice and is an advocate for gay rights. [9] [10]According to the Arcus Foundation Website, The Organization was " Founded in 2000 by Jon Stryker, the Arcus Foundation is a leading global foundation advancing pressing social justice and conservation issues. Specifically, Arcus works to advance LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) equality, as well as to conserve and protect the great apes.The Arcus Foundation works globally and has offices in Kalamazoo, Mich., New York City and Cambridge, UK." Therefore, it is my opinoin that Stryker's political motivations lie within the the tenets of the aforementioned. President Obama has expressed his support for Gay Marriage, hence, gay rights which covers all of the above.

Henry Laufer -- Minju PyoEdit

  • Retired, N/A
  • Total donated to this Super PAC -- $110K
  • Other PACs donated to:
    • Priorities USA Action  -- $1.5M
  • Muckety Map
  • Wikipedia page: Henry Laufer
  • Henry Laufer had contributed as a vice president of research at Renaissance Technologies.
    Before he jumped in to Renaissance Technologies, he was a mathematics professor of Stony Brook state university until 1992. His wife, Marsha Laufer, also contributed for Hilary Clinton's Senate campaign in 2012.
    According to the Muckety of Renaissance Technologies, the firm sided for pro-Obama.

Ann Wyckoff -- Group # 8Edit

  • Homemaker, Home
    • No Bloomberg Businessweek
  • Total donated to this Super PAC -- $1.5M
  • Other PACs donated to:
    • Democratic National Commitee -- $24K
    • Obama Victory Fund -- $37.5K
  • Muckety Map Muckety Map
  • Wikipedia page: Not Avaliable
  • Political motivations: Wyckoff is alligned with President Obama. Not only does Wyckoff support democrats but also stands by Obama. According to Sunlight Foundation Wyckoff supports Washingtonians for education, Health and Tax Relief. Wyckoff also supported the proposition to raise tax for the wealthy, that measure later failed. Wyckoff, according to KUoW.org is the biggest spender of personal wealth. Also according to KUoW.org Wyckoff claimed that she liked to stay under ste radar, and that she has always supported democrats. Wyckoff said, "If you can, you should give to things you really believe in." It appears that Wyckoff believes strongly in democrats and also Obama and will continue to give to them. 

David Shaw -- Do not select this donor (appears on another page)Edit

S. Daniel Abraham -- Group # 9Edit

  • Investor, Beach Capital Management, LLC
  • Total donated to this Super PAC -- $1.2 M
  • Other PACs donated to:
    • House Majority PAC--$200K
    • Majority PAC--$175K
  • Muckety Map
  • Wikipedia page: S. Daniel Abraham 
  • Political motivations: Creator of the Slim-Fast brand, S. Daniel Abraham is also a generous donor to Jewish causes and the Democratic Party. He has funded Barack Obama's presidential campaign, a scholarship program for Jewish college students interested in studying the Torah after graduation and a Washington, D.C. center devoted to promoting Middle East peace.

Michael Snow -- Group # 10Edit

  • Attorney, Masion Edelman Borman & Brand(link to Bloomberg Businessweek company overview)
  • Total donated to this Super PAC -- $1.1M
  • Other PACs donated to:
    • Priorities USA Action- $1.1M
    • Name -- amount
  • Muckety Map
  • Wikipedia page: Wikipedia page donor
  • Political motivations: Political Motivations

Stephen Spielberg -- Group # 1Jennifer BaeskensEdit

Barbara Stiefel  -- Group # 2 -- G. CorralEdit

  • Retired, N/A
  • Total donated to this Super PAC -- $1.6M
    • NPR describes Barbara Stiefel as "a philanthropist from Coral Gables, Florida who is an active fundraiser for Florida Democrats." She is currently listed as retired but is very much active in various Super PACs, contributing to the political campaign of President Barack Obama.
  • Other PACs donated to:
    • American Bridge 21st Century --$300K
    • Priorities USA Action -- $1.05M
    • WomenVote! -- $250K
  • Muckety Map
  • Wikipedia page: Not Available
  • Political motivations: As a Democratice woman from Florida, Barbara Steifel is listed as one of the top Super PAC donors during the 2012 political campaign. Steifel reportedly gave 0.9% of her net worth to Democratic causes in 2012 alone. Steifel is a women's rights activist and is constantly fundraising and contributing money in Florida for the Democratic cause, as well as for various charitable foundations. According to The Tampa Bay Times , her various donations to the Priorities USA Action Super PAC contributed toward "the onslaught of TV ads portraying Mitt Romney as an out-of-touch corporate raider."

Alida Messinger  -- Group # 3-- Marion GilEdit

  • Political Consultant, Self-Employed
  • Total donated to this Super PAC -- $1M
  • Other PACs donated to:
    • None
  • Muckety Map
  • Wikipedia page: Alida Rockefeller Messinger
  • Political motivations: Messinger identifies and supports the Democractic party. Born of the wealthy Rockefeller family, Messinger comes from a long line of philantropists. As such Messinger, and her family in general, give to charitable funds that support art, science, health, and civil rights according to theNew York Times. Messinger herself is especially interested in conservationist and environmentalist organizations. Because of her interest in the environment, Messinger is a supporter of the Democratic party who regard environmental preservation and restoration as one of their top priorities. Messinger also funds environmentalist groups through her Alida R. Messinger Charitable Trust according to her Wikipedia page. Messinger is also a financial contributer to the Center for Public Integrity. In 2004 Messinger donated $1M to the 527-organization, a Democrat supporting organization.

Mel Heifetz -- Group # 4 - Trevor Hussmann and Kenneth HernandezEdit

  • Title, Corporation (link to Bloomberg Businessweek company overview)
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  • Muckety Map (link to): http://www.muckety.com/Mel-Heifetz/213542.muckety
  • Wikipedia page: Mel Heifetz (link to): Not Available
  • Political motivations: Mel Heifetz gave money to political causes and charities that he cared about because he likes to help those in need. He has a good life that he worked hard to create and is able to share his good fortune knowing that he has more than he needs and enjoys sharing with others. He does not like to talk about it most of the time, but when it motivates others to join him and give, it is well worth the exposure. 

Amy Goldman  -- Group # 5 -- Trevor KamhiririEdit

  • Title, Corporation (link to Bloomberg Businessweek company overview)
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Sidney Kimmel  -- Group # 6 -- Lawrence McCrary Jr.Edit

  • Billionaire, Retail Mogul, Movie Productions, Miami Heat Basketball Team, The Sidney Kimmel Foundation, Sidney Kimmel Foundation for Cancer Research:  According to Forbes Magazine[[11]] , Sidney Kimmel,"founded the Jones Group apparel company and since 2011 he has served as non-executive chairman." [He] "now focuses on his movie production company, Sidney Kimmel Entertainment." "He also owns 5% of the Miami Heat basketball team." "He created the Sidney Kimmel Foundation in 1993 and since that time the foundation and its subsidiary, the Sidney Kimmel Foundation for Cancer Research, have committed more than $550 million to various philanthropic causes." "In 2012, Kimmel donated $25 million to the Entertainment Industry Foundation."
  • Total donated to this Super PAC -- $1M
  • Other PACs donated to :N/A
  • Muckety Map (link to)[12]
  • Wikipedia page: Donor Name (link to)[[13]]
  • Political motivations:  According to Politico Magazine [[14]] and the fact that he donated to this Super Pac, it seems as though Sidney has a Democratic urge. With the understanding of the death of the President's mother from cancer, donations to Presiden Obama's Campaign surely has implications of huge government grants awarded to The Sidney Kimmel Foundation for Cancer Research.

Vinod Khosla -- Group # 7Edit

  • Venture Capitalist, Khosla Ventures
  • total donated 1million
  • Other PACs donated to:
    • Priorities USA Action$1M
    • Donor company: http://www.businessweek.com/search?q=vinod+khosla
    • According to khoslaventures.com, Khosla is a charter member of TiE, a not-for-profit global network of entrepreneurs and professionals founded in 1992 that now has more than forty chapters in nine countries. Also mentioned in cironline.org, Khosla is a supporter of green technology, and in 2009, Khosla Ventures raised more than $1 billion to start a venture capital fund specifically for backing green technology companies.
    • Muckety Map: http://www.muckety.com/Vinod-Khosla/1656.muckety
    • Wikepedia page: Vinod Khosla
    • In gathering information about Vinod Khosla from Wikipedia, I found that there was a section in the article about him that reads as follows:

    • "Khosla formed his own venture capital firm, Khosla Ventures in 2004. The firm is based in Menlo Park, California,[8] and manages approximately $1 billion of investor capital as well as investments funded by Khosla himself."

    • "Khosla was a major proponent of the "Yes on 87" campaign to pass California's Proposition 87, The Clean Energy Initiative, which failed to pass in November 2006."

Reid Hoffman -- Group # 8Edit

  • Title, Corporation (link to Bloomberg Businessweek company overview)
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David Boies, Jr. -- Group # 9Edit

  • Attorney, Boeis Schiller and Flexner, LLC
  • Total donated to this Super PAC -- $1M
  • Other PACs donated to:
    • N/A
  • Muckety Map
  • Wikipedia page: David Boies, Jr.
  • Political motivations:David Boies Jr. is a strong advocate of equal rights, and thus is a strong supporter of gay rights. According to a Huffington Post article, Boise has partnered up with Theodore B. Olsen to represent the challengers of Proposition 8. In a commencement speech that he recently gave at New York University, he stated that “If you think about it, prohibiting people from getting married because of their sexual orientation is no different than the prohibition that the State of Virginia had in 1967 that prohibited people of different races form marrying.” By this we can see that he is extremely passionate about gay rights, and that he believes that prohibiting people from marring because of their sexual orientation is a way of discrimination. Since Obama has spoken in favor of gay marriage several times, it would be smart to conclude that this can be the reason why Boies donates millions of dollars to his campaign. According to the Huffington Post Live, “The Obama administration is quietly considering urging the Supreme Court to overturn the ban on gay marriage a step that would demonstrate the presidents deepening commitment to rights for gay couples.”  Based on this information, we can view the donations as a way to urge President Obama to help Boise in his fight against Proposition 8.

Stephen Robert -- Group # 10Edit

William Maher -- Group # 1Jennifer BaeskensEdit

  • Televison host, Political Commentator, author and actor.(Real Time with Bill Maher http://www.billmaher.com/)
  • Total donated to this Super PAC -- $ 1 million
  • Other PACs donated to:
    • N/A
  • Muckety Map (http://www.muckety.com/Bill-Maher/80068.muckety)
  • Wikipedia page: Bill Maher(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Maher)
  • Political motivations: Maher refers to himself as a libertarian. He thinks we should end corporate welfare, and have federal funding for non profit organizations. He also supports legalizing marijuana, prostitution and gambling. He is also a board member for PETA. Known for protesting against the demonization of the word "liberal", during the campaign Maher criticized Kerry for being ashamed of the word. On his show, the comedian has noted the paradox of people claiming they distrusted "elite" politicians while at the same time wanting elite doctors to treat them and elite lawyers to represent them in court.[49]

Mark Pincus -- Group # 2 Gibran CamposEdit

  • CEO, Zynga
  • According to Bloomberg Businessweek  Zynga Inc. develops, markets, and operates online social games as live services on the Internet, social networking sites, and mobile platforms in the United States and internationally
  • Total donated to this Super PAC -- $1 M
  • Other PACs donated to: N/A
  • Muckety Map 
  • Wikipedia page: Mark Pincus
  • Political motivations: Mark Pincus is a relatively young millionaire. He owns Zynga Inc., and was a founder investor for Facebook, Twitter and Napster. He is a supporter of the Democratic Party and Donated $1 Million dollars to Priorities USA Action, the group that blamed Romney for the deth of a woman.  He is known to have liberal views and he believes in charities and helping others by expanding his knowledge. In April 2013 he reduced his Zynga salary and denied any bonuses,

George Soros -- Group # 3--Marion GilEdit

  • Business Executive, [Fund Management]
  • Total donated to this Super PAC -- $1M
  • Other PACs donated to:
    • American Bridge 21st Century -- $1M
    • House Majority PAC -- $675K
    • Majority PAC -- $100K
  • Muckety Map
  • Wikipedia page: George Soros
  • Political motivations: Prior to 2004, Soros donated only modestly to political causes in the United States. However in the 2004 election, he donated over $23M to various 527 groups who dedicated themselves to preventing President Bush's reelection. Soros claimed that removing President Bush from office was "a matter of life and death" in an interview with The Washington Post. Soros claims that speeches made by Bush remind him of Nazi ideology, claiming that Supremacist Ideology runs the White House while Bush is in office. The reason behind Soros' need to remove Bush from office is that he claims that the world looks to America for order. The problem is, because of Bush's "war on terrorism", America is seen as advocating pre-emptive war which leads to innocent victims. To this end, he donated to organizations such as America Coming Together or ACT and various other 527 groups. Soros is criticized for working towards ending donations to political causes by "soft-money" and then using the method himself in funding Democrat supporting organizations in 2004.

Kareem Ahmed -- Group # 4Edit

  • CEO, Landmark Medical Management
  • According to TPM Muckracker, "Landmark purchases account receivables from medical providers who prescribe compound topical analgesics — pain creams — to workers’ compensation patients, and makes its money by collecting from the insurance companies who owed on those accounts."
  • Total donated to this Super PAC -- $1M
  • Other PACs donated to:
    • House Majority PAC- $100K
    • Majority PAC- $100K
  • Muckety Map [1]]
  • Wikipedia page:Not Available
  • Political motivations:Kareem Ahmed is the CEO of Landmark Medical Management. Ahmed is not a very famous donor, but he is one of the major contributors to Priorites USA Action. According to California Watch, he is a Democrat and strongly believes that President Obama should be re-elected in order for changes to be made to help the middle class that are hurting during this economic crisis as well as improving the healthcare system in the U.S.

Franklin Haney -- Group # 5 -- Trevor KamhiririEdit

  • Title, Corporation (link to Bloomberg Businessweek company overview)
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  • Wikipedia page: Donor Name (link to)
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Morgan Freeman -- Group # 6-- Miranda MooreEdit

  • Actor, Self-Employed
  • Born in 1937, Morgan Freeman has made a name for himself in the Hollywood movie industry.                          He has appeared in numerous films throughout his career, but is best known for his roles in Driving Miss Daisy, The Shawshank Redemption, Million Dollar Baby, Unforgiven and Batman Begins (Biography.com)
  • Total donated to this Super PAC -- $1M
  • Other PACs donated to:
    • Priorities USA Action-- $1M
  • Muckety Map
  • Wikipedia page:Morgan Freeman Morgan Freeman Wikipedia Page
  • Political motivations: Morgan Freeman does not have an extensive public record of political affiliation.  However, he endorsed President Barack Obama in the 2008 and 2012 elections, though he did not join his campaign.  He has also narrated some of Obama's campaign ads including the one entitled, "The last thing we should do is turn back now."  In 2011 on the Piers Morgan Tonight show, Freeman accused the Tea Party of racism, after a comment from them that they would do anything to get Obama out of office.  He went on to say "America should be better than that."  Freeman's political motivations were social and personal.His financial contributions were due to his support of Obama and his policies.

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