Teddy Schleifer here with another cameo on the Best & The Brightest roster. In just a few hours, Ron DeSantis will link up with David Sacks to officially launch his campaign, and it’s lucky timing because I’ve been hard at work on a profile of Sacks and his political portfolio.
Sacks, as I report below, is not that wealthy—“mice nuts,” as he put it, next to his buddies Peter Thiel and Elon Musk—but he has impeccable connections and is building a real political operation around his giving and network. He is, in fact, a new archetype of mega-donor: a major contributor and a major influencer at the same time. Tonight we’ll begin to find out if he can be a true kingmaker, too.
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David Sacks, the PayPal Mafia scion, has ascended from mere rabble-rouser into a genuine G.O.P. cultural and political force, starting super PACs and dark-money groups, appearing on Tucker, and in his latest media venture, launching DeSantis himself.
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