I’m just old enough to remember the days when a politician with a billionaire friend and backer wouldn’t brag about the relationship. When said politician might downplay it. Or avoid mentioning the billionaire. And if pressed, the politician would certainly explain that he or she would never dare shape their public policy work to fit the preferences of the billionaires.
Those days are long gone.
Today, politicians highlight their closeness to billionaires. In California, we have the spectacle of the top legislator in the California State Senate, Kevin de Leon making a spectacle of his relationship with a billionaire, Tom Steyer.