Billionaires Buying Wisconsin


What do you get for someone who has everything? How about a state.


A brief review of Governor Scott Walker's biggest donors reveals more than just Diane Hendricks (net worth $2.8 Billion) giving Walker a $500,000 retainer to deliver a “red state”. She is not the only billionaire to make a down payment on a “Red: right to work” Wisconsin.


Las Vegas Casio owner Sheldon Adelson (net worth $24.6 Billion ) gave the Baptist preacher's son $250,000 to break the unions in Wisconsin. Adelson, the CEO of the Las Vegas Sands Casino organization which includes the Venetian Casinos in Vegas and and Macau has had a long history of problems with unions at his casinos. Imagine what he would be worth if it wasn't for those pesky unions and their selfish working conditions, health insurance and, God forbid, retirement plans. Breaking the unions in Wisconsin will help Sheldon back in Vegas.


Interested in getting rich fast? How about Amway? You know, the multi-level marketing scheme that asks you to make money by selling average products to your brother-in-law at a profit that you pass on to the guy who suckered you into this pyramid in the first place. Entrepreneurship for the morally ungrounded. The Grandfather of Amway and owner of the Orlando Magic, Richard DeVos (net worth $4.2 Billion) has given our governor $250,000 to keep Ponzi schemes, excuse me, pyramid schemes alive in Wisconsin.


Private equity firms have prestige among the Red State folks. John W. Childs (net worth $1.2 Billion), CEO of the Boston equity firm of J.W. Childs Associates is investing $100,000 in Wisconsin via Walker's campaign. A master at leveraged buyouts, he is not investing in Wisconsin without expecting a return.


Warren A Stephens (net worth of $2.7 Billion) of Little Rock, Arkansas, who is the CEO of Stephens Financial Management, Louis M. Bacon (Net worth $1.4 Billion), a hedge Fund Manager from New York and Patrick G. Ryan (net worth $1.1 Billion), who is the CEO of Ryan Specialty Group, a Chicago Brokerage, are each investing $100,000 for a piece of Scott Walker's soul.


Add these seven donors together and they are worth a combined $38 Billion and have contributed $1.3 million dollars to purchase Wisconsin. To put this in perspective for the reader, Imagine you were worth $38,000. This is comparable to you giving $1.30 to buy a governor's soul and eventually a state.


These seven billionaires have attempted to purchase Wisconsin with their unlimited funds, but each of us have something they are desperately in need of. Because only Billionaire Hendricks lives in Wisconsin, she is the only one who can actually vote for Walker.


Each of us has one vote that is equal to the combined votes of these seven billionaires.