October 21, 2017
All five living ex-presidents appeared together for the first time since 2013 at a Texas concert for hurricane relief Saturday night.
Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama appeared together on stage at the start of the concert at Texas A&M University in College Station. Carter, Clinton, George W. Bush and Obama later made brief remarks appealing for national unity to to help those affected by hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria.
“The heart of America, without regard to race or religion or political party, is greater than our problems,” said Clinton.
The charitable appeal backed by the ex-presidents has raised $31 million since it began on Sept. 7, said Jim McGrath, spokesman for George H.W. Bush.
Grammy award winner Lady Gaga made a surprise appearance at the concert that also featured country music band Alabama, Rock & Roll Hall of Famer ‘Soul Man’ Sam Moore, gospel legend Yolanda Adams and Texas musicians Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen.
The current president, Donald Trump, recorded a video message for the concert praising his predecessors as “some of America’s finest public servants.”
“This wonderful effort reminds us that we truly are one nation under God, all unified by our values and devotion to one another,” Trump said.
Hurricane Harvey slammed into Texas and Louisiana Gulf Coast as a Category 4 hurricane on Aug. 25, unleashing historic flooding in Houston and killing more than 80 people. Shortly thereafter, all five ex-presidents appeared in a commercial for a fundraising effort known as “One America Appeal.” In it, George W. Bush says, “People are hurting down here.” His father, George H.W. Bush, then replies, “We love you, Texas.”
Hurricane Irma subsequently hit Florida and Hurricane Maria battered Puerto Rico, while both devastated the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Read the article HERE.
To the Presidents, foundations, and anti-Trumpers in media and Hollywood:
PUT YOUR MONEY WHERE YOUR MOUTH IS …
Instead of pouring money into Anti-American liberal groups or finding ways to fight against our country, take 10 percent of all foundation money, Hollywood superstar money, football “take a knee” people and many of the business and media megabucks and add it to the money you are raising right now.
These people are so determined to “guide our country” for the better, let them add to the fund as a show of faith in our country NOT in globalist values.
Stop building presidential buildings to house each president’s ego trip. Place it in the piggy bank to help with relief efforts for the hurricanes. Presidents have no real reason to continue building so many “museums to stroke their egos at taxpayer expense.” One large campus ought to be enough to immortalize all. There are museums aplenty and locations where all could be housed in one area.
Bill Clinton Presidential library – the entire project cost $165 million in private funding, with an additional $11.5 million of land given by the city of Little Rock to construct and covers 152,000 square feet (14,100 m2) within a 28 acres (110,000 m2) park.
Barrack Obama – estimated to cost over $1 billion. Obama library’s construction and endowment are expected to require up to $500 million in private donations contributions. But after construction, taxpayers will foot much of the bill to keep the library running. Move Obama’s ” memorial” palace to be housed with either one of the Bushs or with Bill Clinton or half its size and place the $500 million of the estimated billion into hurricane relief.
In 2014 taxpayers spent about $66 million on the 13 presidential libraries across the country. That’s about 21 cents per U.S. resident. After they are built, the libraries are handed off to the National Archives and Records Administration. Since 1986, foundations have been required to create a private endowment to offset increasing operating costs. Under a 2008 amendment, President Barack Obama will be the first president required to have an endowment representing 60 percent of the cost to build his library. Chicago Tribune.
Tap all their top private donors for say $1 million each and there would anywhere from $500 million to a $1 billion in funds there.
In 2015 the Largest Foundations listed according to Business Insider:
Trustees of various well-known colleges and universities
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation
Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Partners Healthcare Systems Inc
L. Paul Getty Trust
Let’s also include:
Bill and Hillary’s Foundation showed over $400 million in total assets in 2015
$100 million donation would be appropriate since much of it was pay-to-play.
Obama Foundation is said to have more than $5 million in assets
$1 million could surely be spared
According to Open Secrets, as of October 20, 2017, 2,394 groups organized as super PACs reported total receipts of $1,791,027,147 and total independent expenditures of $1,061,703,002 in the 2016 cycle.
$100,000 checks should be reasonable from the top 50-100
That ends up somewhere between $5-10 million.
According to the table at Open Secrets, in 2016 lobby/lawyer groups there were just over 11,000 groups who spent an estimated $3 billion at Capitol Hill.
So adding another $1 million from each of these should be a breeze and $500,000 should cover the 17 below them that paid out over $10 million for lobbying costs.
Here is another roughly $8-10 million.
According to a Fortune post, between 2015-2016, labor unions spent nearly $110 million in political donations on Democrats and in particular Hillary Clinton. A few gave to President Trump but certainly only a small percentage of the total.
So labor unions ought to be able to come up with $5-10 million in total.
Families Donating to Politics 2015-2016
New York Times reported at the start of 2015 election cycle that 158 families, along with companies they own or control, contributed $176 million in the first phase of the campaign. Given their current level of factual information, one wonders how accurate that figure is or how many Democrats have been left out of the list.
Forbes listed the 18 largest socially targeted charitable donations of 2016 totaling right at $3 billion.
George Soros and his many groups like Open Society Foundation – $18 billion at a minimum between 2016-2017. Much of it designed to interrupt and bring about open borders and a NWO. (Interesting to note here: Soros idoes NOT have currently available political donation information at FEC though he was in 2015 when I did a search. In fact ALL his listed political donation records are deleted or closed to public search in the FEC databank.)
Hedge Fund Companies
Open Secrets charts show that Hedge Funds spent $7 million plus on lobbying in 2016 and about $30-40 million on elections. Most of their election funds went to Super PACs.
Campaign Committees and outside money for Presidential Election 2016
Open Secrets quoted FEC funds tally of May 2017:
Hillary Clinton had candidate committee money: $563,756,928 and outside money totaling: $231,118,680.
Donald Trump had candidate committee money: $333,127,164 and outside money totaling: $75,269,043.
Amount raised by candidates: $1.5 billion
Amount raised by super PACs supporting them: $618 million
If all those eager donors were to give donations to the hurricane funds instead of finding ways to destroy our constitution through their backroom communist groups then surely there would be another quarter to half million available for aid.
US News in October 2016 reported:
“In all, people identified in federal campaign finance filings as journalists, reporters, news editors or television news anchors — as well as other donors known to be working in journalism — have combined to give more than $396,000 to the presidential campaigns of Clinton and Trump,” the Center for Public Integrity said in a new report.
I would suggest that this does not include air time, censorship of consevatives on social platforms, encouraging chaos, globalism, and communism, or posting time used to twist and continually attack the Trump administration–all of which would probably extend into the billions if it were to be written in dollars. Sweeping Democrat misbehavior or criminal behavior into a censor closet to prevent writing the facts, misrepresenting and over-dramatizing of events are ridiculous. Their constantly scripted (across most of MSM) and copied “advertisements” for the Democrat platform rather than factual reporting is beyond nauseating and certainly if equated to what John Public has to spend far, far more than the $396,000 figure.
Top Charitable Hollywood and Sports Celebrities 2016
CheatSheet: Those that gave the most they listed as: Taylor Swift, Angelina Jolie, Emma Watson, Beyonce’, Ian Somerhalder, George Lucas, Miley Cyrus — interesting that three out of seven are young women and only two are men don’t you think.
Deseret News in 2014 listed 37 top charity donors and their foundations: as well as ones above they also added many other well known names.
Truthfully I am sure many give but just rarely get noticed because they either aren’t “public hounds” or they are up and coming or are much more private individuals. What I did find interesting is that a some givers are younger, upwardly mobile and that fewer of the old timers were listed. Had I that huge chunk of change available, I don’t think I would be eager to be known either.
The NFL Foundation does a lot of charitable work as their mission. They have released hundreds of thousands in youth grants and assistance in disaster efforts and are actively promoting and assisting in the hurricane relief efforts.
SB Nation has a list of those they say are active sports givers or having foundations in 2017 if interested. The list is eye-opening and heart-warming.
There is a point to the long list.
Rather than finding ways to pay for anti-American group activities or try to take down a legally voted President…if these chose, they could make a heck of a difference in rebuilding from the natural disasters that span every corner of the US from fires in California to floods and hurricanes to the southern and east coast.
It certainly wouldn’t eliminate the needs but would go a long way to help. Citizens come together and help each other daily as we have seen on honest reporting of the disasters but they can’t solve the problem. They simply do not have the massive funds. These people who should be FOR our country should be first in line with their wallets.
Lobbying using that much money is absolutely uncalled for, as is the massive amount being spent to put people in office from local to federal level. The amount being wasted at all levels of government on wasteful spending on non-immigrants wanting to live here, on UN projects, on NWO agendas, and on building and maintaining unnecessary government properties like for so many presidential libraries or abandoned military bases is one reason our country is so deeply in debt. Congress itself has wasted huge amounts on “investigations and special investigators” rather than actually applying their talents to producing bi-partisan laws designed to help our country.
So while it is nice to see so many past presidents all in one place, those same people have a lot to answer for in shoving globalism down our throats, selling off our country’s assets to foreign investors, and a dozen other issues. We have supported them for forty years or so and yet they have some of the largest bankrolls, security services, few worries about legal ramifications, best health care, and access to the rich and powerful leading people in the world while we barely make ends meet.