Benjamin Franklin famously penned, “He that lies down with dogs shall rise up with fleas.” A former obstetrician expounded upon Franklin’s sentiment regarding bad company corrupting good character, and gave it a modern edge. “When one gets in bed with government, one must expect the diseases it spreads,” wrote Congressman Ron Paul.
Who are the presidential candidates in bed with now? Judging from donations alone, Ron Paul draws the eternal devotion of the entire US Army, the US Air Force, the US Navy, and sensible folks at Google. In stark contrast, Mitt Romney’s moneyed mistresses max out to him at Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan Chase, Morgan Stanley, and Citigroup. Rick Santorum appears to be the worst lover of them all. No one of any consequence has jumped into Santorum’s sex-is-for-procreation bed, offering to give him big donors—unless you count Universal Health Services. In fact, Santorum has barely surpassed Jon Huntsman’s fundraising totals, and Huntsman went broke months ago. Even Newt Gingrich is out-fundraising Santorum nearly three-to-one. That’s to be expected for Gingrich; good times seem to come in threes for the former Speaker.
Who is pairing their money with their mouths and issuing verbal endorsements? George Soros says it best, “If it’s between Obama and Romney, there is not that much difference, except for the crowd that they bring with them.” Many others from the moneyed class agree, including hair model Donald Trump. Robin Leach is so comfortable with the rich and famous, he wishes Romney champagne kisses and caviar dreams. A disproportional amount of people in the hedge fund, ice skating, and legal communities also endorse Romney. This might seem like a coincidence until you consider what they all have in common.