Cruzin’ under the radar

This Bloomberg profile of Ted Cruz’s biggest backer, hedge fund billionaire Robert Mercer, is so chock full of delicious details, I implore you to read the whole thing. For example, more on those owls:

Mercer has dubbed his house the Owl’s Nest. Owls seem to be something of a familiar for Mercer. He’s commissioned a succession of yachts, all called Sea Owl, the latest of which stretches to 203 feet, with a pirate-themed playroom for the grandkids and a chandelier of Venetian glass. At least one Sea Owl was fitted with a medical center and video links, so a stroke at sea, for instance, could be diagnosed and treated remotely by a former White House physician ashore…

At the Owl’s Nest, visitors pass through pillars crowned by a pair of owl statues, their wings outstretched as if taking flight. People who’ve been inside describe a pistol range, a series of secret passages, and an octagonal tower holding a two-story library.

Among Mercer’s other financial beneficiaries is an idiosyncratic guy (to say the least) conducting experiments on 14,000 vials of urine on a sheep farm in remote Oregon. It’s hard to explain, and even harder to fit into a cartoon, unfortunately. You’ll just have to read about it.

This would all be purely amusing were it not a reminder of the growing power of the far-right fringe, especially in the era of Citizens United.

Of course, this cartoon is by no means a complete list of Cruz’s shortcomings. The man is vile in too many ways to enumerate here.


  • Benjamin Schwab

    Hey, Just for fun let us look at Hillary Clinton’s top ten campaign contributors (accessed around noon EDT April 22nd 2016, actual results are expected to vary over the course of the election season):

    $7,039,800 – Soros Fund Management
    In retrospect this shouldn’t be surprising.

    $4,000,250 – Labors Union
    From what I can tell, this is an organization representing organized labor. Their position here speaks more about the unions in this country than about Hillary Clinton but that’s a different topic.

    $3,502,700 – Euclidean Capital
    This one appears to be some sort of investment firm that doesn’t want information about itself known. Not at all suspicious! In any case, we can bet that the angles of their triangles add up to 180 degrees. No funny math here.

    $2,814,343 – Pritzker Group
    Another investment firm, this one run by brothers who had a large money legal fight with Obama’s billionaire Commerce secretary. I’m sure it’s all just coincidence. All of it.

    $2,531,995 – Saban Capital Group
    This one appears to be a media company. More on this later.

    $2,505,400 – Paloma Partners
    Another investment firm. These are popping up a lot it seams. But we can trust a Clinton Presidency to be harder on Wall St. then their best friend Barack Obama or the other Clinton Presidency…

    $2,502,700 – Herb and Marion Sandler foundation
    Oh… Time magazine blames these two people for helping to cause the financial crisis (they dispute this claim).

    $2,502,700 – Women’s Self Worth Foundation
    Oh this one is ran by a woman who is closely associated with another major donor further up on this list (Saban Capital Group). I’m sure this is all above board.

    $2,151,000 – Priorities USA/Priorities USA Action
    This one making the list is also not surprising in retrospect. It is interesting to see who’s giving more then them though.

    $2,013,500 – Newsweb corp
    Oh, a media company… giving money to a presidential candidate… I’m sure it’s not going to effect those papers coverage of Hillarly Clinton.

    Honorable mention:
    #14 $2,008,100 – Center for Middle East Peace
    Because Hillary Clinton has done so much in her career to advance the cause of peace in the Middle East.

    edit: fixed a link and formatting issues causing my comment to be cut off.

    • Stevie Ray Vaughn

      You could have made a point by being more succinct, no?

Jen Sorensen is a nationally-published political cartoonist. She is a 2017 Pulitzer Finalist and recipient of the 2014 Herblock Prize and a 2013 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award.