GROVER NORQUIST, the don of the Republican Mafia, was a trust fund baby who has “worked” in the ideological Conservative Movement his entire life. He got his start in the same street gang as little Karl Rove and bagman extraordinaire Jack Abramoff. Now 218 Republican members of the House and 39 Senators genuflect to kiss his hem.
But who makes him possible? Who is the Boss’s Boss?
The following excerpt from THE NATION gives us an idea —
“The disclosures show that only two billionaire-backed groups have provided over 66 percent of Norquist’s funding:
• The Center to Protect Patients Rights donated $4,189,000 to Americans for Tax Reform in 2010, 34 percent of the group’s budget that year.
• Crossroads GPS donated $4,000,000 to Americans for Tax Reform in 2010, 32.46 percent of the group’s budget that year.
The Center to Protect Patients Rights is used by the billionaire clique led by the Koch brothers to distribute grants to allied groups. In 2010, wealthy moguls like Steve Bechtel of Bechtel Corporation and Steve Schwarzman of the Blackstone Group met to help lend money to these types of efforts.
Crossroads GPS is the undisclosed group run by Karl Rove. The only known donors are like Paul Singer, the “vulture” hedge fund king who benefits enormously from tax strategies like the carried interest loophole. Norquist’s pledge largely benefits billionaires like Singer and Schwarzman, who pay almost nothing in payroll taxes and likely pay a lower rate than their secretaries.”
For the complete article, see Lee Fang’s article from the lastest issue online at