Sam Zell, Marc Andreessen: Romney Super PAC Donors

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Feb. 2 2012 12:51 PM

Sam Zell, Romney Super PAC Donor

ELKO, Nev. -- Right there at the end of Restore Our Future's Super PAC report: $50,000. That's the check Sam Zell, best known to reporters as the investor who bought/ruined the Tribune company, cut for the pro-Mitt Romney Super PAC. At the other end of the report, there's a check of equal size from Marc Andreessen, inventer of the Mosaic browser, now an ultra-rich venture capitalist. Three years ago, he invested something between $500,000 and $1 million in Talking Points Memo. That's two small investments (in Super PAC terms) in Romney by one-time patrons of the media that will spend the year on Romney's trail.

There aren't any big surprises in the report, though. I don't think any single donation is better copy than the $900,000 Peter Thiel gave to Endorse Liberty, one of two pro-Ron Paul Super PACs. (The other, Revolution PAC, is making some fascinating ads.) As Ben Smith -- sorry, "BuzzFeed Politics" -- notes, Thiel is on the steering committee of the Bilderberg Group. That's our earlier winner in the cognitive dissonance sweepstakes.

David Weigel, a former Slate politics reporter, is a reporter for Bloomberg Politics


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