From WaPo (Gift article for ND Readers), an intersting look at how the super-wealthy buy influence. Secret Trove Illuminates the Lives of Billionaires. “While cash may be the traditional means of providing untraceable gifts to politicians, the very wealthy often turn instead to the offshore world to produce an alternative currency: companies registered in secrecy havens and stuffed with valuable assets.” (This data comes at a good time. My wife’s got a birthday coming up.)