98% of the money donated to Bibi Netanyahu for his 2007 Likud primary campaign came from abroad. Much of that from the U.S. Yediot has published (this is a Hebrew excerpt from a print-only investigative piece; English summary here) a prospect-list written in Bibi’s own hand which notes the potential donor names. What I don’t have (and would love an Israeli reader to provide) is an actual list of the donors and how much they gave, if such a thing exists.
The prospect list is eye-opening. It divides donors into four categories. The only ones that really concern us are 1 and 2 since few gifts came from any other group. Here are the names by group (I’ve only included names with which I’m familiar–if you see another name on the list which is significant and I should’ve included let me know, and why):
Yediot cynically, but aptly calls this process Bibi’s “campaign fundraising industry” and the members of the list his “foreign legion.” This recalls the massive amounts of corporate and foreign money the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is funneling into U.S. Congressional races thanks to our craven corporatist Supreme Court.
Also interesting are the names of the moguls Bibi downgraded as unlikely to give, which include:
Can we say they exhibited a modicum of due and proper caution before investing with Bibi?