I was suspicious too, so I clicked through to the FEC website and, indeed, it's true.
I mean, maxing out = $2800 which is like you or me dropping a nickel out of our pocket and deciding not to chase it down the sidewalk...but still.
Remember how Trump was going to send everyone $200? Never happened, of course. But consider that Bill Gates could cut a check for $200 to every single person in the US, and still have $52 billion left (according to Forbes' latest reckoning of his net worth).
If Jeff Bezos, who has more money, added $300 to that check to make it a total of $500 for every single person in the US, then Bezos would have to make due with $93 billion.
According to this site, there are currently ~50 million Americans who rely on food banks to survive. Tomorrow, Jeff Bezos, one person, could write each of those hungry people a check for $1000 and still have over $140 billion in net wealth. feedingamerica.org/hunger-blog/fi…
The gulf between the rich and poor in this so called land of opportunity is just grotesque, and the combined Covid/economic crisis has just made it even more glaring and morally repugnant.
The freaking gall of gagillionaire Bill Gates to chip in money to help Lindsey Graham deny health care to Americans struggling to make ends meet. It is just shameful.
[Calling into the other room] Melba! Get me my pitchfork!
These charts are from a 2014 study by folks at the Harvard Business School and they're mind blowing. Americans grossly underestimate how unequal American society is. And what they identify as "ideal" is dramatically more equal than the reality.
Here's a profile of one of the scholars who conducted this research. harvardmagazine.com/2011/11/what-w…
Or what if we take homelessness as a metric? Getting stable shelter can make a transformative difference in someone's life. If there are 500,000 homeless families in the US, providing each of them $20,000 to cover rent would cost $10 billion, about 5% of Jeff Bezos's net wealth.
Here's the recent data on homelessness. Imagine knowing you could single handedly eliminate this stressor on hundreds of thousands of people with what amounts to pocket change, and instead buying a rocket or some stupid shit. endhomelessness.org/homelessness-i…
Imagine I told you that for the cost of 5% of your net wealth, you could ensure that every American has a roof over their head, would you do that? Perhaps my circle of friends is unusual, but I think every person I know would do that in a heartbeat.
How long can the super rich keep opting out of the social contract with impunity?
If that Gates contribution ends up being an illegal contribution that *someone else* made in his name, then I retract what I said about Gates supporting Graham...but the rest of this thread still stands.
According to Open Secrets, Gates's address is listed as Kirkland, WA (same as the FEC docs for his Graham contribution) & he's given to many Republicans as well as Dems. If he gave to Joni Ernst, for crying out loud, then why wouldn't he give to Graham? It seems plausible to me.
In 2018 Gates gave money to Graham, so it really doesn't seem like such a leap to imagine he did so in 2020 as well. This is from Open Secrets.

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