The Wall Street Journal reports that retired billionaire Rex Sinquefield and former George W. Bush chief of staff (and currently pumping more money into political campaigns than just about anybody) were seen lunching together in a New York restaurant:
"By my engagement, as well as others like me," he says, "voters are provided with more choices, not less." He won't say how much money he has donated to political causes in general, or specifically to Mr. Rove and his Super PAC, American Crossroads, but it's safe to say it's more than a pittance. Mr. Sinquefield is forthright in opposing campaign-finance limits and says, "Our system works when all voices are heard."
His own voice is heard in particular in Missouri. The state ended limits on campaign contributions in 2008, and public sources show that Mr. Sinquefield has since spent more than $21 million on various causes and candidates (nearly $7 million in the past two years). He says that's merely the start of what he'll spend to promote his two main interests: rolling back taxes and rescuing education from teachers unions.
"I care deeply for my state," he says. "In order for it to grow, we need to restructure our tax and education systems."