In 1992, multi-gazillionaire H. Ross Perot bought his way into mainstream politics, running as an independent against incumbent Republican George H.W. Bush and Democrat Bill Clinton, and purchasing half-hour blocks of time on television to air his campaign infomercials.
Because Perot's platform was fiscally conservative and socially liberal, he managed to woo voters who were disgusted with both major parties. Despite receiving no electoral votes, he took in nearly 19% of the popular vote, though it's not known what percentage actually believed they were purchasing rotisserie ovens.
Perot tried again in 1996 for the Reform Party, to less spectacular results. Today, he is mostly remembered for the size of his ears.
Tags: Independent, Ross Perot, Third-Party Poopers