As Glenn Greenwald shows, in politics you may be surprised by to whom big money is going, unless you are one of those who recognizes that the US is a one-party oligarchic state in which elections are contests to see who will get the privilege of serving the interests of the ruling class.
The flow of money explains the seemingly puzzling defense of Mitt Romney by Newark Mayor Cory Booker, supposedly an ally of Barack Obama. Now seen as a rising star in the Democratic party, Booker first came to my attention back in 2007 when I saw the documentary Street Fight about the 2002 election for the mayor of Newark. I wrote back then about this relatively unknown politician:
The influential The Black Commentator website has strongly criticized Booker, arguing that he is completely in the pockets of rich, right-wing, white, power brokers who are pushing school vouchers and seeking to co-opt the next generation of black leadership to serve their needs. Whatever the merits of that charge, watch out for the name Cory Booker in national politics. I think we are going to hear a lot about him in the next 5-10 years.
It looks like my prediction about his soon-to-be fame came true. What is clear is that the oligarchy has identified Booker as a charismatic and rising star in the mold of Obama. And just like Wall Street co-opted Obama long before he became president by pouring money into his campaigns, they seem to be doing the same thing now with Booker, buying his allegiance early. The Black Commentator article, written way back in 2002, identified the right-wing oligarchs supporting Booker and pushing him to prominence.
The oligarchy does not like to leave things to chance.