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RootsAction has just published "Oligarchy and Corporate Media Confidence Index," a review of the confidence that the wealthy and powerful place in the candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination. (See link at bottom.) Among the findings:

Bernie Sanders is the least popular candidate among oligarchs and is getting the smallest percentage of his donations from big donors. The corporate media are not fans.

Pete Buttigieg, who has soared to fourth place behind Biden, Sanders, and Warren in national polls, and first place in polls in Iowa and New Hampshire, was -- even before his rise in the polls -- receiving big support from billionaires and other large donors, and from corporate media outlets.

Buttigieg is also trying to keep a secret, namely which clients he worked for during his three years at the corporate consulting firm McKinsey and Company. Buttigieg claims the company won't allow him to release the names of his clients. He has an obligation to do so if he wants to be a candidate for U.S. president.

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Billionaires are funding Buttigieg directly, and they could increase their funding through political action committees. For example, Jennifer Pritzker, a Hyatt heiress, backed Trump last time, dumping $250,000 into committees associated with his campaign. This time, she's funding Buttigieg.

Buttigieg's billionaires include IAC chairman Barry Diller and oil baron Len Blavatnik’s wife, Emily. Buttigieg has had events hosted for him by billionaires, including Blackstone Group executive vice chairman Hamilton James, and Netflix CEO Reed Hastings. Buttigieg has consulted with Facebook billionaire Mark Zuckerberg on whom to hire for his campaign. Buttigieg has hired a former Goldman Sachs executive as his policy director.

Fox News Founder Rupert Murdoch's billionaire son James Murdoch supports Buttigieg. Hedge fund oligarch Paul Tudor Jones is also a big fan.

Early this year Buttigieg claimed to support single-payer health coverage. As the big money rolled in, he decided that he was against it, and he's used misleading insurance industry talking points to denounce it. Buttigieg has recently also expressed his support for the Paygo philosophy of corporate Democrats, meaning in effect that non-military spending must be restricted.

Buttigieg is funded by the financial industry and the technology industry. He says what they want to hear. But we don't always get to hear what that is, as some of his fundraising events are totally closed-door, secret affairs.

About his time at the secretive McKinsey and Company, Buttigieg has said he worked on "economic stability" in "war zones." We need to know more than that. Sign the petition:

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-- The RootsAction.org Team

P.S. RootsAction is an independent online force endorsed by Jim Hightower, Barbara Ehrenreich, Cornel West, Daniel Ellsberg, Glenn Greenwald, Naomi Klein, Bill Fletcher Jr., Laura Flanders, former U.S. Senator James Abourezk, Frances Fox Piven, Lila Garrett, Phil Donahue, Sonali Kolhatkar, and many others.

Background:
>> RootsAction:  "Oligarchy and Corporate Media Confidence Index"
>> New York Times:  "Buttigieg’s Untenable Vow of Silence"

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