To compile the list, Newsmax editors researched many online sources and consulted with in-the-know members of the LDS Church. They called their findings descriptive and “informative” rather than definitive. While gathering the names was fairly subjective, ordering and ranking these Mormons’ influence was even more so.
Some Mormon government leaders have been left out, because there are just too many. Newsmax gave precedence to those with special influence. For example, members of Congress who head important committees.
(Newsmax did manage to come up with the most bizarre take on the birth certificate, an with an astrologer who concluded from the information on it that Obama "should have gone into public relations rather than politics.")