Los Angeles Times – They Teamed Up to Conquer Wall Street. Now, One is Bankrolling Clinton and the Other Trump

By Joseph Tanfani and Evan Halper – October 6, 2016

When Republican senators investigated a little-known San Francisco nonprofit steering as much as $50 million a year to climate change activists, the right-wing media outlet Breitbart News pounced on the report.

Breitbart branded the organization, the Sea Change Foundation, as a vehicle for “rich liberals who are secretly funding the green movement’s war on Western industrial civilization.”

As it turned out, though, the money to support both Sea Change and Breitbart came from the same place — Renaissance Technologies, a hedge fund based on Long Island, N.Y., churning astonishing profits with a formula of algorithms and equations that only a select group of math geniuses understand.

In recent years, the masterminds behind Renaissance have put their billions to work reshaping the political landscape — but in divergent and opposing ways.

James Simons, left, and Robert Mercer helped turn Renaissance Technologies into one of Wall Street’s top-performing hedge funds. Both are also among the nation’s biggest political donors, Simons to liberal groups and Mercer to conservative causes. (Getty Images)

“When it comes to money, they’re all on the same page,” said Bill Parish, an Oregon investment advisor who blogs about tax policy.

Note: This story was based upon original research by Parish & Company.