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By Jim Stanford on October 8, 2012

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Liberté, fraternité et délicieux oeufs du Nora’s.

This weekend the French newspaper Le Monde ran a feature story in its magazine about U.S. campaign spending, focused on Jackson Hole financier Foster Friess. You don’t have to be a French scholar to understand the title, “Ses dollars sont pour Romney.”

In the print edition, there’s a photo of me debating Foster over breakfast at Nora’s. The caption identifies me as a city council candidate who made a “point of honor” of not asking supporters for a cent. According to the caption, I “combat all that [Foster] represents and all the ideas he defends.”

While we appear to be engaged in an intense debate, the conversation actually was pretty jovial, as per our usual bouts of verbal jousting. Foster and I agree on a few points: Health care in the United States is preposterously expensive. And Nora’s serves a good plate of huevos rancheros.

The publication is akin to the New York Times Magazine of France.

(Photo by David Stubbs)

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17 Comments so far

  1. joe October 8, 2012 1:32 pm

    La question est de savoir qui est le plus l’autonomie absorbée

  2. Nora October 8, 2012 10:42 pm

    Take the religious fervor out of Foster Friess, and I like “all the ideas he defends.” To ensure a thriving economy for our future children, we should not squander our chance on Nov. 6 to vote for limited government, balanced budgets, individual responsibility, and a repeal of Obamacare.

  3. jd October 9, 2012 10:35 am

    and don’t forget a tax break for the super rich, deregulation of the banks, gutting the EPA, defunding reproductive health care for the women of WY and aspirin “birth control” oh and when was the last time a republican pres balnaced the budget? The single largest gov expansion in US history came under old W. The dept of homeland security, two unpaid for wars and a totally unfunded perscription drug program put us in this mess. Mitt wants to continue down the same path. You cannot take the religious fervor out of Foster any more than you can take it out of the radical right wing party that represents him.

  4. Brad October 9, 2012 12:53 pm

    Jim, Please. The obscene dollars in political campaigns transcends all parties and political affiliations. In light of your abhorrence of all things Romney, how do you justify “Ses dollars sont pour Obama”? Our president is dredging just as much money, PAC funds or otherwise, as Mitt.

    For the record, I am horrified at the amount of money from both sides going into this campaign when there are millions of needy in this country. I also applaud any effort such as yours to cut back on this waste of capital.

  5. Jazz October 9, 2012 5:29 pm

    This picture is a perfect representation of the 1% vs the rest of us. Slick and polished Foster Friess and Jim with a beard and baseball cap. Love it! Foster is no doubt a good person who loves his family – and his country – and he spends some of his money locally – including at Nora’s. That said, the republican party agenda has nothing that resonates with this progressive liberal. I’ll be voting for President Barack Obama and every other Democrat on the Teton County ballot on November 6. Keep up the good work, Jim Stanford.

  6. Chad October 9, 2012 7:43 pm

    Obama and related PACs raise their millions from millions of individuals, while conservatives raise most of their millions from a handful of elite. This is telltale.

    As for the signage, kudos Jim. Though in a different race, I fear Mr. Perry has contributed to a nationwide shortage of yellow pigment, to the chagrin of school busses and center lines everywhere.

  7. JJxn October 9, 2012 8:24 pm

    How any educated and self-respecting woman can even think about voting for Romney is beyond me…

  8. Danno October 10, 2012 6:13 am

    It’s ok though for Bill Maher and the two George’s (Soros and Clooney) to raise millions for Obama. It’s just not ok for Foster to do the same. You see only certain groups and people should be able to support their candidates.

  9. Chad October 10, 2012 10:33 am

    Maher, Soros and Clooney dont do it to earn their place in heaven, or to otherwise impress a magic man in the sky. Plus, lumping millionaires (except Soros) in with billionaires is silly. You know a billion is one thousand millions, right? Would you compare someone who makes a million dollars/year with someone who makes one thousand/year?

    Nora, did you vote for Bush to achieve these same goals? Was that pretty successful then? Speaking of children, who’s teaching theirs the geography of Iran? Better get at it with Pres. Romney. That endeavor should be a real money saver.

  10. Brad October 10, 2012 3:50 pm

    Chad, you are wrong if you think all of Obama’s campaign donations from from millions Joe Blows. He is seriously outraising Romney and you can’t do that corporate and special interests. Obama has his pals on Wall Street. Obama is on record with a “if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em” rationale on PAC money.

    Jazz — Friess does a lot more than your condescending remark about spending at Nora’s would indicate. He gives a way millions to worth causes, not just to political campaigns.

  11. Jazz October 10, 2012 7:29 pm

    Brad, Billionaire Foster’s motives for donating his money – whether to political campaigns or charities – aren’t for me to know. However, there are no doubt more reasons other than out of the goodness of his heart. Uber-wealthy people rarely do anything without a self-serving motive. Tax deductions and political notoriety come to mind. Friess is never shy about letting people know how important he is and how much he donates and to whom. Like most republican men of wealth, they enjoy the power that their money gives them.

    I’m much more impressed with what people like Bill Gates and Warren Buffett do with their money. They are true Americans who care about others all over the world. They do good because it’s the right thing to do.

    I wonder if Foster’s employees got a memo telling them who to vote for. Oh, it wouldn’t be that direct – it would be with the humor that only Foster Friess can display. I wouldn’t think crossing Friess would be a good idea for any of his employees.

  12. Jean October 10, 2012 7:36 pm

    I cannot understand why anyone one of us middle class would vote for Mitt. He is a crook just like his party he represents. Get to the polls and vote for the only person we can trust with our lives, health, and lively hood, go vote for Obama. If you don’t, than watch out, because they will take everything away from you, your wage increases, health insurance, benefits of all kinds. Stop them now and vote the right way vote Obama.

  13. Norman Pear October 11, 2012 8:05 am

    Who paid for breakfast?

  14. JFish October 11, 2012 3:36 pm

    Amazing how many people in this community are able to see inside the hearts of other people and know their motives. Must be the mountain air that produces so many self righteous,all knowing people around here.

  15. Brad October 12, 2012 10:45 am

    No kidding, JFish. Jazz, these guys are all business people. I have the utmost respect for Gates and Buffett as well, and their massive philanthropy, which is very good, since, together, they have about 400 times more money than God. But, you really think the the tax implications of their donations aren’t on their radar screens? And if you think that’s all Foster Friess thinks about, you’re wrong about him, too. I’m OK with grading all this on the curve, but please don’t assume that Friess is an uncaring mercenary. And, if you’re wondering about that and what he tells his employees, just ask him. He seems pretty accessible at Nora’s based on that photo with Jim.

    Jean, thanks for the heads up that Mitt is the antichrist walking among us. There is a logic to this, though, as there’s so many that thinks Obama walks on water.

  16. js October 12, 2012 1:21 pm

    I helped the photographer shoot a few portraits that morning, so a free breakfast was in order. ;)

    Brad, I hear you on bipartisan greed. The staggering amount of money pouring in on both sides disgusts me, although you have to admit one party has driven the proliferation of Super PACs and stacked the Supreme Court with right-wing justices who gave us the Citizens United decision.

    Regarding Obama, 98 percent of the donations he received in September were $250 or less, and the average was $53. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/49312453/ns/business-stocks_and_economy/t/obama-campaign-democrats-raise-record-million-september/#.UHhsdBjrKzs

    The fund-raisers in Jackson Hole this summer were a good indication: While Romney/Cheney charged a minimum of $2,500, most of those attending Michelle Obama’s speech paid $25 or $100.

  17. Bert October 16, 2012 7:21 am

    Nothing sounds better than the idea of the redistributionist Stanford stopping by Friess’ home on Halloween and getting handed Foster’s ideals. Friess had the good fortune to get rich by means of his own inventiveness and good luck. The liberal agenda says everyone owes them a lifestyle be it by regulations that cater to their needs & desires or by taxing the others to pay for their needs and desires.

    Foster has his faults, contradictions, and a few poorly-formed ideas but he understands better than most that the World is better off with less government & more personal responsibility. Foster knows that the best marketplace for ideals, goods, services, and success & failure is the free marketplace designed by free thinkers in a free country which is guided by a strong moral foundation & constitution.

    Perhaps it’s because most liberals don’t have any money, and because money rules the marketplace, that liberals promote political agendas to limit the freedom, the power, and the wealth of folks like Mr. Friess while distorting the marketplace to support the 47% ol’ Mitt referred to. The agenda of Foster is to expand freedom by promoting ethics, faith, hard work, and personal responsibility in a World where liberals are looking for a trust fund instead of creating one.

    Conservatives may have tunnel vision but it’s better than the lack of vision liberals possess. There’s not much difference between Romney & Obama; but here in Jackson, the differences between the Fosters and the Stanfords couldn’t be more stark.

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