From Open Secrets:
In the final throes of Sen. Marco Rubio‘s presidential campaign, two 2016 political mega-donors got back off the sidelines. The pair threw in $10 million more, on top of the $13 million they had already given to back other candidates, only to watch their preferred candidate lose. Again.
For Hank Greenberg and Ronnie Cameron, both billionaire donors at or near the top of the Center for Responsive Politics’ ranking of donors to outside groups, it’s been an expensive race with not a lot to show for it.
Cameron’s candidate lost first. The poultry company CEO, based in Arkansas, liked the state’s former Gov. Mike Huckabee. Though he could never recapture the movement that propelled him to early primary wins back in 2008, Huckabee got early support from Cameron: a $3 million contribution from Cameron to Huckabee’s super PAC, Pursuing America’s Greatness, exactly one year ago put him in the presidential conversation.
Huckabee dropped out of the race on Feb. 1 after a terrible showing in the Iowa caucuses; Cameron waited until Feb. 22 to give to the super PAC supporting Rubio’s ill-fated presidential campaign, Conservative Solutions PAC.
Cameron, who funnels money to Washington by means other than super PACs alone, is a rising star this cycle in terms of political giving to outside groups. At $8 million given he’s now among the top tier of donors so far, nearly liberal billionaire George Soros‘ giving to Priorities USA Action and American Bridge 21st Century.
At the top of that megadonors list — at least among organziations —…