Former UN Ambassador John Bolton's campaign finance filings indicate that billionaires have a deep interest in stirring up some war.
John Bolton Raking In Billionaire Bucks
Credit: Gage Skidmore
April 15, 2014

John Bolton is raking in the Billionaire Bucks to his newly-formed PACS. These billionaires are less interested in repealing Obamacare and more interested in starting up some wars. They think Bolton's goal of rolling back Obama's foreign policy is just awesome.

Open Secrets:

No wonder he was so cheerful. The same day he gave that interview, March 24, the super PAC took in a $500,000 check from Warren Stephens. Stephens, an Arkansas billionaire who runs an investment bank with stakes in energy and newspapers, among other things, wasn't the only donor to John Bolton Super PAC (yep, that's the name), but he was, by far, the largest.

Bolton told Breitbart News back in March that he would be using his super PAC to support hawkish Republicans -- anyone who would roll back Obama's foreign policy. So far that hasn't happened. According to the group's first quarter report, filed this morning, the super PAC raised $768,000 in the first three months of the year, adding to $455,000 already in its war chest. And, according to the filings, the super PAC spent just $89,000, all of it on administrative and consulting costs.

Among the largest expenses were payments to Bolton's former deputy at his U.N. post, Sarah Tinsley. She's now running the PAC for him, after a stint as a lobbyist for theMortgage Bankers Association.

AlterNet has more about Warren Stephens. He is a Wall Streeter, but his heart is in the South, where he loves the Confederate flag and Dixie.

Along with Stephens, Bolton's PAC received $100,000 from Robert Agostinelli, a hawk-right Wall Streeter and $250,000 from Grant Capital Corp, which is owned by Paul Millman, a "reformed socialist." Reformed socialists are like ex-smokers -- they're the most militant of the bunch. Evidently Millman got a taste of the high life and climbed on the Billionaire Bandwagon. Michael Langman, an associate of Agostinelli's, also gave $100,000 in seed money. All of this before one ad has been run or any funds given to candidates.

It's likely that Bolton has gotten behind the push for Jeb Bush to run for office, given the Bush family's neocon ways and Bolton's bloodlust for war. Bolton also is a unique bridge to the TeaBircher set. He was coordinating with the Groundswell gang last year, while maintaining his strong ties to the less libertarian, more conquest-oriented neocon right.

I guess they're hell-bent on not just making money into speech, but also into war. I'll be watching for their next move.

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