Why billionaires are so easily duped by political grifters

2016 is going to be a bonanza for the consultant class

Billionaires could be easy targets.
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The 2016 campaign is going to be memorable for lots of reasons, but here's one you might not have considered: We may see more plutocrats' cash wasted this year than ever before. Ordinary people may be fooled into donating a few dollars to scam super PACs claiming to work on behalf of your favorite candidate, but there's also a higher-level grift at work, one that involves massaging the egos of incredibly wealthy people in order to separate them from their cash and put it in the pockets of political operatives.

As Matea Gold reported Monday in The Washington Post, Republicans are scrambling to provide a vehicle for their billionaire class to flush more of its money down the toilet. While Democrats have their dark money organizations in place, the GOP is in "a rush to identify the right organization to harness Trump's rich allies and run a sophisticated independent campaign. Two rival super PACs are in the mix, but both are newly formed and are viewed with skepticism by major donors and their advisers. The free-for-all environment alarms veteran party strategists who have recently signed on to try to help Trump win the White House."

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