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S.F. billionaire quietly funds Ron Paul super PAC
San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 2/26/12 | Richard S. Dunham, Carla Marinucci

Posted on 02/26/2012 12:39:38 PM PST by SmithL

Ron Paul revels in the fact that he is the presidential candidate of America's small donors, receiving more contributions under $200 than any other Republican seeking the White House in 2012.

But, like every other GOP presidential contender, he also has a mega-millionaire "sugar daddy" helping to fund a super PAC that is promoting Paul's candidacy.

Yet while Newt Gingrich underwriter Sheldon Adelson and Rick Santorum super-supporter Foster Friess have shared the campaign stage - and the national political spotlight - with their candidates, Paul's benefactor, San Francisco entrepreneur Peter Thiel, has never met the Texas congressman he's aiding.

Who is this mystery man who has donated $2.6 million to Endorse Liberty, the pro-Paul super PAC that has produced several viral videos and sponsored sharp attack ads against Santorum, Gingrich and Texas Gov. Rick Perry?

Thiel, 44, is a low-profile libertarian with a background as quirky as the candidate he supports.

Born in Germany, he's a self-made billionaire who became a chess master as a child, majored in philosophy at Stanford University, and founded the conservative-libertarian Stanford Review to "present alternate views" on a campus he felt was dominated by liberals.

Co-founded PayPal

He's a lawyer who co-founded PayPal, invested early in Facebook (he was portrayed by actor Wallace Langham in the Academy Award-winning "The Social Network"), dabbled in Hollywood (as executive producer of the libertarian satire "Thank You for Smoking"), ran a venture capital firm that saw the potential in startups such as LinkedIn and Yelp, and now serves as president of a global hedge fund, Clarion Capital.

He is a conservative Christian, a strong supporter of unfettered capitalism, an aggressive critic of "political correctness" and a generous donor to Republican candidates, including Paul, his son Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, and California Republican Reps. Dan Lungren, Dana Rohrabacher and Ed Royce.

(Excerpt) Read more at sfgate.com ...


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1 posted on 02/26/2012 12:39:42 PM PST by SmithL
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To: SmithL

Heck, I wish he would run instead of Paul.


2 posted on 02/26/2012 12:41:06 PM PST by C. Edmund Wright
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To: C. Edmund Wright

I thought the same thing.


3 posted on 02/26/2012 12:49:46 PM PST by SmithL (If you reward certain behavior, don't be surprised when you see more of that behavior)
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To: C. Edmund Wright

‘born in Germany”


4 posted on 02/26/2012 12:50:22 PM PST by Aria ( "If we ever forget that we're one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under.")
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To: SmithL

I wonder what Paul supporters think about his sugar daddy being a Bilderberger...


5 posted on 02/26/2012 12:55:35 PM PST by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: Aria

Oh, ok - born in Germany.

Quite a story though. Quite an interesting mix of interests and beliefs and talents.


6 posted on 02/26/2012 12:56:44 PM PST by C. Edmund Wright
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To: SmithL; All

Uncle Nutjob has no path whatsoever.

http://www.conservativestats.com/p/mapping.html

Several updates to our State by State polling Map


7 posted on 02/26/2012 1:10:21 PM PST by CainConservative (Santorum/Huck 2012 w/ Newt, Cain, Palin, Bach, Parker, Watts, Duncan, & Petraeus in the Cabinet)
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To: SmithL

Huh?


8 posted on 02/26/2012 1:29:29 PM PST by svcw (Only difference between Romney & BH is one thinks he will be god & other one thinks he already is.)
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To: SmithL

The more they all get funding, the more the chance for a brokered convention, opening the way for Sarah to step in.


9 posted on 02/26/2012 2:00:31 PM PST by Rennes Templar
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To: jjotto

It’s TIME for a change, a 180 degree turn around. Ron Paul has not been drinking the Kool Aid. He gets my support.


10 posted on 02/26/2012 2:12:51 PM PST by rovenstinez
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To: Rennes Templar

A former avid zero supporter I know now calls BO a douchebag but says he’s better than the other douchebags.

Wish we had a dynamite candidate! For me that would be Sarah...I can dream at least.


11 posted on 02/26/2012 2:22:57 PM PST by Aria ( "If we ever forget that we're one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under.")
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To: Aria

So? It’s not like he can’t get an Hawaiian birth certificate.


12 posted on 02/26/2012 2:38:44 PM PST by SmithL (If you reward certain behavior, don't be surprised when you see more of that behavior)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks SmithL.


13 posted on 02/26/2012 3:35:52 PM PST by SunkenCiv (FReep this FReepathon!)
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To: SmithL

Not many know that PayPal supports planned parenthood. Does Ron Paul too?


14 posted on 02/26/2012 3:46:20 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: SmithL
More Soros money?

Ron Paul is dangerous.

Ron Paul, Soros and Defense

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K4q1vYx1V3g&feature=related

Before everyone gets their panties in a wad. Obama is already starting to make the moves to destroy our military.
Ron Paul will just drive the knife into their backs.
I thought it was clever how the Obama military haters are going to cut Benefits for veterans and wounded soldiers.
Wonder how far enlistment will drop on that one.

 

One of Ron Pauls best friends is George Soros..

http://www.orangepower.com/threads/george-soros-evil.95549/


15 posted on 02/26/2012 3:47:06 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation
Wonder how far enlistment will drop on that one.

Won't be a problem at all. In the Baraqqi Depression, military service is one of the few decent jobs available. And with the planned cutbacks in force level, it will make the openings even more desirable.

16 posted on 02/26/2012 3:52:47 PM PST by nascarnation (DEFEAT BARAQ 2012 DEPORT BARAQ 2013)
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To: rovenstinez

I watched him “live” on C-SPAN tonight...I’m not quite there, but I am looking and listening...


17 posted on 02/26/2012 4:00:16 PM PST by krunkygirl (force multiplier in effect...)
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To: rovenstinez; krunkygirl

You can’t possibly be a conservative and be a libertarian at the same time. Libertarians like Ron Paul, Andrew Napolitano, Gary Johnson and John Stossel are leftists in every way except they believe in an anarchist’s approach to government. They believe in open borders, legalized drugs, legalized prostitution, dismantling our military, the rights of states to secede from the union, etc. The libertarian agenda is a radical agenda that would absolutely destroy this country. It would be wrong to dismiss Ron Paul as a nut. He’s a clever opportunist, building up a cultlike following for his own personal profit, but the ideology he is pushing is a poisonous, ignorant and dangerous one.

Newt Gingrich is the only guy in this race who is for true reform based on common sense and the constitution and is willing to challenge the establishment to get it done.


18 posted on 02/26/2012 4:07:36 PM PST by JediJones (Watch "Gingrich to Michigan: Change or Die" on YouTube. Best Speech Ever!)
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To: rovenstinez
Why? He has done nothing in congress, he is antiSemtic, racist, blame America first for everything, terrorist apologist, surrender advocate.
What about him is appealing especially now that he made an alliance with Romney.
19 posted on 02/26/2012 4:08:57 PM PST by svcw (Only difference between Romney & BH is one thinks he will be god & other one thinks he already is.)
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To: Salvation
Not many know that PayPal supports planned parenthood. Does Ron Paul too?

Cut and Run does demand underage girls be allowed to cross state lines in order to kill their babies. I guess he supports them. If it is a liberal cause the surrender monkey more than likely supports it.
20 posted on 02/26/2012 4:09:34 PM PST by John D
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To: Salvation

“Wonder how far enlistment will drop on that one.”

Why don’t we ask these troops?
http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/political-pro-con/2012/feb/22/ron-paul-choice-troops/


21 posted on 02/26/2012 4:24:14 PM PST by FreeInWV (Have you had enough change yet?)
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To: JediJones
If you analyze it I believe the very heart and soul of conservatism is libertarianism. I think conservatism is really a misnomer just as liberalism is a misnomer for the liberals–if we were back in the days of the Revolution, so-called conservatives today would be the Liberals and the liberals would be the Tories.

The basis of conservatism is a desire for less government interference or less centralized authority or more individual freedom and this is a pretty general description also of what libertarianism is.

22 posted on 02/26/2012 4:28:45 PM PST by Afronaut (It's 1984)
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To: FreeInWV
B fracking S. All these stories go back to Paul sites. There is no imperial evidence this is true. The rational mind on the surface knows it is bogus, as Paul wants to decimate the military.
23 posted on 02/26/2012 4:31:21 PM PST by svcw (Only difference between Romney & BH is one thinks he will be god & other one thinks he already is.)
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To: SmithL

COLLUSION ADMITTED – Ron Paul Fingered, Attacking Gingrich & Santorum for Romney
*Romney is the U.N. Agenda 21 candidate favored by the bankster/globalist manipulators; a very alarming, perhaps treasonous alliance
*Romney has a track record of strong ties to the homosexual agenda
*The global governance (para-Marxist) movement is about sexual as well as socioeconomic revolution
*Ron Paul has numerous problematic liaisons that call his conservative persona into question

For more on Thiel, see “Follow Ron Paul’s Money too: Peter Thiel, Globalist, Bilderberger, GOProud Activist.” For more on the candidate in question, see the Gulag Bound tag, “Ron Paul.”

http://gulagbound.com/26476/campaign-for-ron-paul-fingered-attacking-gingrich-santorum-for-romney/


24 posted on 02/26/2012 4:37:09 PM PST by Mortrey (Impeach President Soros)
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To: Afronaut

If you’re talking about them as basic concepts you could maybe make that connection, but I’m talking about them as the movements are defined today. Libertarianism is a lot closer to the left-wing than it is to the right-wing. It combines Dennis Kucinich’s views on the military with La Raza’s views on immigration, the radical feminist movement and the radical homosexual movement. The dismantling of government that libertarians want goes far beyond what conservatives would want, mainly because it goes far beyond what would even be necessary for a society to function and for America to remain a credible power on the world stage.


25 posted on 02/26/2012 4:40:42 PM PST by JediJones (Watch "Gingrich to Michigan: Change or Die" on YouTube. Best Speech Ever!)
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To: JediJones
Then I guess Ronald Reagan wasn't your idea of a conservative:

"If you analyze it I believe the very heart and soul of conservatism is libertarianism. I think conservatism is really a misnomer just as liberalism is a misnomer for the liberals." If we were back in the days of the Revolution, so-called conservatives today would be the Liberals and the liberals would be the Tories. The basis of conservatism is a desire for less government interference or less centralized authority or more individual freedom and this is a pretty general description also of what libertarianism is. Now, I can't say that I will agree with all the things that the present group who call themselves Libertarians in the sense of a party say, because I think that like in any political movement there are shades, and there are libertarians who are almost over at the point of wanting no government at all or anarchy. I believe there are legitimate government functions. There is a legitimate need in an orderly society for some government to maintain freedom or we will have tyranny by individuals. The strongest man on the block will run the neighborhood. We have government to insure that we don't each one of us have to carry a club to defend ourselves. But again, I stand on my statement that I think that libertarianism and conservatism are travelling the same path".

--Ronald Reagan


26 posted on 02/26/2012 5:51:17 PM PST by giotto
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To: svcw

You must not have even read the article. It is provided from a nationally syndicated newspaper and has pictures and stories of the veterans that marched on the whitehouse. Apparently they all don’t agree that our current foreign policy is in the best interest of our country.

Your use of the word imperial is curious. Did you intend to instead type empirical, or was it some kind of freudian slip related to an empire building obsession?


27 posted on 02/26/2012 9:43:24 PM PST by FreeInWV (Have you had enough change yet?)
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To: Afronaut; Yehuda; incindiary

wrong

the basis of conservatism is Judeo/Christian morality

something Libertarianism lacks

legal dope
legal prostitution
legal heroin
abandon Israel
lower the age of consent for homo sex between men and boys

just what part of that is the basis of Conservatism??

that is nothing more than anarchist Democrats, posing as supply side economists


30 posted on 02/27/2012 4:15:26 AM PST by RaceBannon (Romney would surrender to Islam as fast as Obama promotes it)
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To: Yehuda; giotto

Actually, he stood INSIDE their chow hall and video taped himself calling on the troops to desert in Ansbach Germany


31 posted on 02/27/2012 4:16:42 AM PST by RaceBannon (Romney would surrender to Islam as fast as Obama promotes it)
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To: FreeInWV

smart phone predictive spelling


32 posted on 02/27/2012 6:10:29 AM PST by svcw (Only difference between Romney & BH is one thinks he will be god & other one thinks he already is.)
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To: FreeInWV

Of course there are military that support Paul as they do BHO.
I am saying this “overwhelming” support is BS.


33 posted on 02/27/2012 6:11:51 AM PST by svcw (Only difference between Romney & BH is one thinks he will be god & other one thinks he already is.)
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To: C. Edmund Wright

He’s not a natural born citizen.


35 posted on 02/27/2012 8:32:48 AM PST by hedgetrimmer
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To: Salvation

A man wants to cut off the looting of the American economy by the globalists and he’s dangerous?

You don’t think what has happened to this country and it’s citizens is dangerous?

You clearly prefer Hillary Clinton getting her picture taken with the G20 ‘family’, which is driving the politics in this country, over self determination.


36 posted on 02/27/2012 8:38:07 AM PST by hedgetrimmer
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To: Yehuda

What do you think of NATO allowing Afghanistan to prosecute the troops who burned the Korans?

What do you think of Germany writing the rules of engagement for Afghanistan through NATO?

What do you say to the families of the officers and troops who have been killed by the afghani police officers trained by our military and American policemen?

Why do you think, when the headline says NATO troops killed, its always Americans and no one from any other ‘NATO’ country?


37 posted on 02/27/2012 8:42:39 AM PST by hedgetrimmer
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To: SmithL
Pro-Ron Paul SuperPAC is funded by global hedge fund manager

We need to pass this stuff around FAST. It will absolutely cost Crazy Uncle Ron votes.
38 posted on 02/27/2012 10:00:08 AM PST by Antoninus (Mitt Romney -- attempting to execute a hostile take-over of the Republican Party.)
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To: C. Edmund Wright; SmithL
Heck, I wish he would run instead of Paul.

Seriously? You want a GOProud member and supporter to run for president?
39 posted on 02/27/2012 10:02:50 AM PST by Antoninus (Mitt Romney -- attempting to execute a hostile take-over of the Republican Party.)
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To: Antoninus

More history on Ron Paul’s homosexual billionaire sugar daddy Peter Thiel:

Facebook billionaire, Peter Thiel, broke up his boyfriend, Patri Friedman, the grandson of Milton Friedman, arguably the most famous economist that’s ever lived.

Read more: http://articles.businessinsider.com/2011-08-12/wall_street/30031513_1_billionaire-hamptons-estate-elevator#ixzz1nbkUZ4b9


41 posted on 02/27/2012 10:24:21 AM PST by jimbo123
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To: Antoninus

I was making a rhetorical statement about his talents and abilities and taking a light jab at Paul — was not making a literal suggestion. Chill.


42 posted on 02/27/2012 10:25:18 AM PST by C. Edmund Wright
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To: Yehuda
The American military should be used with discretion,and when they are deployed, it should be to ANNIHILATE our enemies and massively break stuff

Spoken like a true globalist.

Soldiers pledge to defend the Constitution. The American military is for DEFENDING OUR NATION and INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS as defined by the United States Constitution. They are not "used to break stuff" for rotten globalist politicians, foreign governments and trashnational corporations.

Globalists have sunk so low they use ALINSKY tactics to smear anyone and everyone who supports constitutional government, regardless of who it is. They NEED NATO to command our troops so that their agenda can be fulfilled. They have no interest in America other than what they can loot from our economy, and for fodder for useless, lawyer controlled actions through their ROE in their globalist conflicts.


43 posted on 02/27/2012 12:26:31 PM PST by hedgetrimmer
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To: Yehuda

You have identified yourself as an enemy of the Constitution.

Name calling is just a distraction for your paucity of understanding of the issue.


45 posted on 02/27/2012 4:46:10 PM PST by hedgetrimmer
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To: Yehuda

The only thing I said, was that your comments are right out of the globalist playbook, and its proving true as you try to Alinsky your way out of the conversation with name calling, attempting to associate me with thoughts and comments that you have completely made up.

Before the globalists got so much power, there was an ability to have a civil conversation about the American Constitution.

However, globalists have studied Alinsky diligently, and his horrible legacy is constantly displayed in the public arena to stifle legitimate conversation about critical issues facing this Republic.

Shame on your name calling. Shame on your thoughts that the military is to be ‘used’ for globalist purposes.

Shame


47 posted on 02/29/2012 7:37:21 AM PST by hedgetrimmer
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To: Yehuda

You speak for yourself, not for me.

Your attacks are disgraceful.


49 posted on 03/01/2012 8:12:20 AM PST by hedgetrimmer
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