Meet The Man Who Purchased The Virginia Governorship For McAuliffe

The California billionaire who bought the Virginia Governorship for McAuliffe (and for himself).


We have lots of friends in the environmental community. We value a vibrant natural world and we have and will continue to work toward such a world through various means. We are fans of solar power, and wind, and so called “alternative” energy technologies. But within the parameters of the market. If alternative energy sources cannot operate within the marketplace such energies are by definition not sustainable.

The truth is that much of the money which went to “green” energy efforts during the first Obama administration went to connected friends and political rainmakers in the Democratic Party. The green stimulus money was a vehicle for people to get paid while they justified the largesse bestowed upon them by taxpayers by thinking they were doing the “right thing” for the environment. So long as one does the “right thing” crony capitalism is OK.

The billionaire who poured $8 million into my home state of Virginia from California in an effort to win the election for Clinton operative Terry McAuliffe, did not as far as I can see directly benefit from any Soyndra like deals. I could be wrong on this, but we are willing to give him the benefit of the doubt. But make no mistake, Tom Steyer is a crony with deep ties to both the Clinton and the Obama political machines.

He’s kind of a poor man’s George Soros in that regard.

In the attached article (and general love fest) Politico examines in depth how Tom Steyer manipulated (entirely legally it must be noted) the Virginia gubernatorial race in 2013.

In my opinion it’s one thing for  super rich guys to advocate for smaller government like the Kochs do. The Kochs are by no means perfect and have benefited from big government on occasion by their own admission, but they generally call for a shrinking state. This believe it or not is not in any industrialist’s best interest. Big government and big business are good friends.

It is far scarier when super rich guys advocate for bigger government. They (think Soros, Warren Buffett, Bill Gates) can sell themselves as advocates of the greater good through larger government, while at the same time expanding their wealth. It’s the “I’m doing good so I deserve to get rich even if the taxpayers have to pay for it” mentality. Al Gore comes to mind. So does Tom Steyer.

(From Politico)

A third, unstated goal has run through all of Steyer’s political activities: turning a hedge fund investor from the Bay Area into a national political figure. Most megadonors prize their privacy. But before Steyer’s team jumped into the Virginia race, it approached POLITICO about providing exclusive access to NextGen’s activities for a feature story after the election. In 2013, the towheaded, all-smiles Democratic financier has participated in major profiles in both The New Yorker and Bloomberg BusinessWeek.

Click here for the whole Politico article.


I remain disgusted that the RNC threw Virginia to the Left.  The RNC had to know this was going on.  I can’t help but wonder which state is next.

Thinking that I can’t get any angrier, the more I learn about what happened the angrier I get.

~ Hardnox

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11 Responses to Meet The Man Who Purchased The Virginia Governorship For McAuliffe

  1. Clyde says:

    And THEREIN lies the problem. WE believe in playing BY THE RULES, all the left sees is gray. I haven’t been able to find Steyer connected to Solyndra either, but these assholes can run some deep roots that are hard to find. As to the RNC, it seems they WANT the republican party to be the proverbial back benchers forever. NO ONE there seems to have a clue in hell how to WIN, even though it has laid out cleary enough that a Hahvahd grad could understand it. Good post, although shorting the pisstivity meter.

    • Hardnox says:

      The problem is that real adults don’t play adolescent games thus we will never be as sneaky as the left is. Also a good thing in the end, although frustrating.

      The problem with the Right is that we have forgotten that bold colors is what will win in the end. The RNC is stuck on pastels.

  2. Kathy says:

    After reading this, and combined with what we already know, it makes me wonder if Reince Priebus got bought off. The RNC’s efforts for Cuccinelli were half-hearted to begin with, then they stopped the funding and left him for the wolves. Follow the money.

  3. Mrs AL says:

    Buying and selling politicians has been going on for much longer than any of us has been alive. Heck, you should see what happens in our county.

    What makes my blood boil is that so many of our fellow/fellowette Virginias fall for this c r a p.

    And I’m not so sure Kathy isn’t right in her analysis!

  4. CW says:

    While we can’t pretend that money doesn’t matter – it surely does – conservative candidates are going to have to learn to fight and win even when they are vastly outspent. That’s just reality because the lefties’ lust for power makes them experts at raising money. Some of the greatest battles in history, whether on the battlefield or in politics, have been won by the underdog because they learned to fight smarter. Although he was vastly outspent, Cuccinelli still lost by only 2 points or so. That might have been the difference between a so-so campaign and a great campaign. Conservatives have to refine their message and make sure it gets out to the right people. Then the money, though still important, won’t be the deciding factor.

    • Hardnox says:

      Agreed. Cuccinelli had some establishment hacks as consultants who urged him to throttle back. In the last weeks he discarded the advice and went full bore and closed the gap. Proof once again that Conservatism sells. Totally lost on the GOP establishment.

  5. tannngl says:

    PA might be next. Our R governor is in trouble. Wonder how much help he’ll get.

  6. Terry says:

    I’m feeling your pain, ‘Nox, and expect to feel my own pain in Fl. when Chameleon Crist gets the same royal treatment as McAwful did.