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How Big Money in Politics Bought a Presidential Election – in 1896

Big money in politics has become a growing concern over the past couple of election cycles. And for good reason.

It's been 120 years, but a U.S. presidential election was bought by the rich and powerful. Back then it was "robber barons" like John D. Rockefeller. Today it's billionaire investors like George Soros.

But the story of the 1896 election shows how easy it is for big money donors to buy an election – even one for the White House.

Here's what happened...

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Who Is Sheldon Adelson? He's the Man Who Could Decide Our Next President

Who is Sheldon Adelson? Today, all eyes are on the Republican Jewish Coalition's mega-donor who once dropped $5 million on a Newt Gingrich super PAC.

You see, Adelson's sway goes a long, long way.

Here's what you need to know about the octogenarian billionaire and why his support (and not just his money) are so important to the GOP candidates' success...

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Follow the Money: Biggest Campaign Contributors 2016, by Company and Industry

Campaign contributors 2016: Politicians famously fail to follow through on their campaign promises once elected.

For recent examples, look no further than U.S. President Barack Obama, or Republican congressional leaders. Obama has kept less than half (45%) the promises he made during the 2008 and 2012 presidential cycles, according to PolitiFact. Meanwhile, GOP members in Congress have delivered on only 38% of their 2010 campaign pledges.

Contenders in the 2016 presidential election will likely follow the trend.

That's why it's important to "follow the money" – cash flow can be a much better indicator of politicians' true agenda than their actual words.

We used unbiased FEC data compiled by Opensecrets.org to identify the top campaign contributors to each of the 2016 presidential candidates, by company and by industry...

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These 2016 Presidential Candidates Are Already Raking in Celebrity Donations

The race is on for 2016 presidential candidates. A wide field of 22 hopefuls — 17 Republicans and five Democrats (Vice President Joe Biden is anticipated to make six) — are busy vying for campaign donations.

Many traditional big-time celebrity political donors have not yet made a contribution in 2015. For instance, nothing from actor Morgan Freeman so far. Freeman was the third-largest celebrity contributor in the 2012 election cycle, with more than $1 million given to Hillary Clinton's Priorities USA Action super PAC. And actor husband-and-wife team Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, the seventh-largest celebrity donors that cycle ($173,231 to Democrats) are also yet to contribute.

But a few others have already picked their candidate favorites in the 2016 presidential race.

Here are ten of the biggest celebrities that have already donated in 2015...

2016 Presidential Election

Koch Brothers' Conference 2015: Highlights

The annual Koch brothers' conference went down this past weekend. The nation's affluent elite made their way to California's sunny shores to be pandered to.

And that's precisely what the 2016 Republican presidential candidates did…

Here's who attended the billionaire brothers' summit - and how they performed...