From the New York Times:

One of the wealthiest and most influential Republican donors in the country is throwing his support to Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, a decision that could swing millions of dollars in contributions behind Mr. Rubio at a critical point in the Republican nominating battle.

The decision by the donor, Paul Singer, a billionaire New York investor, is a signal victory for Mr. Rubio in his battle with his rival Jeb Bush for the affections of major Republican patrons and the party’s business wing.

Paul Singer P ’96 is, alas, not an Eph, but he is an Eph parent! Strangely, a search of the Williams webpage produces no hits for Paul Singer, despite the fact (because of the fact?) that he has been a generous donor and volunteer for Williams, including service on the Investment Committee. There is probably an interesting story for the Record in that lacunae . . .

Mr. Singer, who gave more money to Republican candidates and causes last year than any donor in the country, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, is courted by Republicans both for the depth of his own pockets and for his wide network of other conservative givers. He is known for his caution and careful vetting of candidates and, while passionately pro-Israel and a supporter of same-sex marriage, he is generally viewed as a donor who does not believe in litmus tests.

Is there another Republican candidate with an Eph in such a critical role? Not that I can think of. Does this mean that EphBlog is honor-bound to support Rubio for the Republican nomination? I hope not! Not too late for Mike Needham ’04 to sign up as Donald Trump’s chief policy adviser . . .

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