Former state budget director Art Pope is no longer ranked on the U.S. Billionaires Political Power Index.
Earlier this week, Pope was at No. 15 on the list, which is an attempt to assess the country’s top billionaires in terms of their overall political influence. The list was compiled by Darrell M. West, author of “Billionaires: Reflections on the Upper Crust,” and posted on the Brookings Institution web site.
Pope was in the company of such influencers as Charles and David Koch of Koch Industries (together at No. 1) and former New York City Mayor and media mogul Michael Bloomberg (No. 2). But after Dome reported the ranking, Pope sent a letter to the Brookings Institution telling them he was not a billionaire and that several of their other facts about him were wrong as well. By Tuesday, Pope had been replaced on the list by Paul Singer – though for a while a roughly 40-year-old photo of Pope remained in the index photo gallery. It has now been replaced one of Singer.
Singer, by the way, according to the listing is a “conservative Republican who has been a vocal supporter of gay marriage legislation.” It goes on to say that Singer’s stance is that “basic equality and individual liberty are conservative principles that should be applied to same-sex issues.”