This video from the USA is called Only in a Mad World is There Such a Wide Rich-Poor Gap.
By Tom Carter:
The American presidency: Only millionaires need apply
28 May 2007
The reports indicate that the top candidates from both parties are all multimillionaires.
One consequence of this social stratification is that the interests of the very rich have more and more openly come to dominate American politics.
This political fact is reflected in the personal wealth of those considered serious contenders for the presidency.
Republican candidate Rudy Giuliani’s net worth almost doubled in 2006 to more than $30 million.
Cashing in on his national celebrity following the September 11 attack, he made $11.4 million from some 124 recent public speeches, for which he charged as much as $200,000 apiece.
He also made $4.1 from his consulting firm Giuliani & Company, $1.2 from his law firm Bracewell & Giuliani, and $3 million in advance royalties for his recently published book.
Republican candidate Willard “Mitt” Romney is by far the wealthiest of the current contenders for the White House, with personal assets by most estimates of well over a quarter of a billion dollars.
Romney has yet to file his personal financial disclosure report.
According to an article earlier this month in the Washington Post, he “will also disclose that he has between $70 million and $100 million set aside in a blind trust for his five children and 10 grandchildren.”
Romney, the former governor of the state of Massachusetts, former CEO of Bain & Company, and CEO of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, made his millions as a venture capitalist.
Republican candidate John McCain’s net worth is estimated at anywhere from $20 to $32 million.
His wife, Cindy McCain, is the daughter of a millionaire Arizona beer magnate.
In addition to a long list of stocks, securities, and investment funds, the senator listed an agreement with A&E Television Networks to make a film based on his book Faith of My Fathers.
US big business and campaigns: here.
The OECD says gap between rich and poor is widening.
Neoconservatives as US Republican candidates’ advisers: here.
Women voters and non-voters in US elections: here.
Candidate Tancredo against hurricane Katrina victims, see here.