Obama Releases List of Top Money 'Bundlers'

By: Jim Kuhnhenn and Ken Thomas, Associated Press
By: Jim Kuhnhenn and Ken Thomas, Associated Press

Washington, D.C. (AP) - President Barack Obama's re-election campaign identified its top fundraisers on Tuesday, including 61 people who each raised at least half a million dollars. Altogether, the more than 440 fundraisers collected at least $75 million to help Obama win a second term.

Among them are embattled former New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine. Obama's campaign and the Democratic National Committee late last year returned $70,000 in contributions from Corzine and his wife following questions about the collapse of MF Global, the financial firm Corzine ran.

Corzine is no longer raising money for the re-election, campaign officials said.

The campaign divided the list into four groups based on how much money donors raised: $50,000-$100,000, $100,000-$200,000, $200,000 to $500,000 and those who raised more than $500,000 apiece.

The donors represent a broad network of contributors, many of them longtime Democratic Party stalwarts.

The list includes two fundraisers linked to Solyndra LLC, the California solar company that received a $528 million federal loan and then later declared bankruptcy, prompting a federal investigation. Steve Spinner, an Energy Department adviser, raised at least $500,000 and Steve Westly, a venture capitalist who was an unpaid adviser to the department, raised between $200,000 and $500,000.

The disclosure came as Obama headed back out on the money trail, speaking Tuesday night at two high-dollar fundraisers in the Washington area where donors paid $35,800 per ticket to see him. At an event at the posh St. Regis Hotel, the president told donors that Republicans have "the wrong vision for America," though he didn't mention any of his opponents by name or reference the voting under way in Florida, where polls were closing in the state's GOP primary.

Obama said voters needed to know "that this is not an abstract ideological argument, that this is a practical concrete argument," and that the election is about whether they'll be able to find a good job with a living wage and get health care for their families. "They've got to feel that we are actively advocating on their behalf."

Though Obama rejects contributions from lobbyists, his top fundraisers include individuals involved in the business of influencing government.

Michael Kempner, among those who raised more than $500,000, is president and CEO of MWW Group, a public relations firm with a large lobbying business. Kempner himself is not a registered lobbyist.

Sally Susman, another fundraiser in the $500,000-plus category, is executive vice president for policy, external affairs and communications at Pfizer Inc., a job that includes directing the pharmaceutical giant's government relations operations.

California figured most prominently on Obama's roster of big money "bundlers." Sixteen are from California and 13 are from New York.

Top fundraisers include movie producers Jeffrey Katzenberg and Harvey Weinstein, and Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour. Actress Eva Longoria was in the second highest tier, bundling $200,000 to $500,000 for Obama's re-election.


Associated Press writer Erica Werner contributed to this report.



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  • by Anonymous on Feb 2, 2012 at 08:32 PM
    No problem. BHO is not going to win 2012 the real money is behind Romney. Bonus is that we can boycott his campaign contributors after his fall from office. It's all good.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 2, 2012 at 05:37 AM
    The biggest problem with Tallahassee isn't crime,it's all the d*** liberals.
  • by Gerry on Feb 1, 2012 at 05:23 PM
    I am glad I was able to raise so much money for my president. The climate for hope and change is weathering the moderates like Romney and the season for good weather is coming to a climatic crescendo.
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      by Ms on Feb 2, 2012 at 06:44 AM in reply to Gerry
      Did you borrow that from a bible? Obama is the last person this country needs as a leader. He has proven to us all that he fails as a leader and as an innovative economic mind. He must go. We may lack sounds opposition, but I welcome any change from the failed Obama administration.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 1, 2012 at 01:50 PM
    Here's the link to the list, in case anyone is interested http://www.barackobama.com/pages/volunteer-fundraisers-Q4/
  • by roger on Feb 1, 2012 at 06:04 AM
    And people still vote for this liar and crook. America has been dumb down way too much. Same idiots that vote for Marks locally, why, they are stealing form you thaat fall for their lies that they are there to help you......too stupid to research I guess.
  • by holy smoke on Feb 1, 2012 at 05:11 AM
    I wouldn't give this moron a nickle. He has run this country down into the ground.
  • by SEE I told you on Feb 1, 2012 at 04:34 AM
    Does anyone else see the connection,,,,obama gives money to solandra, they conviently file bankruptcy while they give money back to obama!
  • by Anonymous on Feb 1, 2012 at 04:06 AM
    Just millions of dollars being wasted for a terrible cause. You have to wonder why some people are dumb enough to support a president who has done nothing good for this country! Millions of people are out of work, the deficit has doubled in the past 3 years and yet people are still supporting this idiot????????
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      by Anonymous on Feb 1, 2012 at 05:24 AM in reply to
      It's a sad state of affairs. And Romney is not better. He lied to the people of Florida in EVERY ad.
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      by Gerry on Feb 1, 2012 at 05:53 AM in reply to
      I don't understand what you're saying that the deficit has doubled in the last 3 years. Be specific. Are you comparing fiscal years? If so, which 2? I do know that the total national debt increased less in Obama's third year in office than it did in George W. Bush's final year in office, according to treasurydirect. I'm saying the debt increased less between 1/20/11 and 1/20/12 than it did between 1/20/08 and 1/20/09, by about $250 billion. Of course, when Bush left office, the unemployment rate was 7.8%, so millions were out of work when Obama took office, also, although not as many millions as now.
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        by Buddy on Feb 1, 2012 at 07:40 AM in reply to Gerry
        Do you get a newsletter from Obama? You put out a lots of "BS" but have no idea what Obama wants you to say. Are you planning on following Obama over the cliff? I hope so!!!
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          by Gerry on Feb 1, 2012 at 08:06 AM in reply to Buddy
          Be specific. What BS do I put out? Why do you have no credibility?
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        by Padraig on Feb 1, 2012 at 10:04 AM in reply to Gerry
        There is an old saying, "Figures don't lie but, liars figure." Anyone who does not admit what Obama has done to our national debt is either obfuscating or naive.
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          by Gerry on Feb 1, 2012 at 01:03 PM in reply to Padraig
          This is a foolish waste of time. Your post is devoid of any content. I am sure something has been done to the national debt. What is it? What has Obama done to the total national debt?
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          by Reagan Republican on Feb 1, 2012 at 11:25 PM in reply to Padraig
          @ Gerry The day Obama was sworn in the national Debt was $10.6 trillion and Pres. Bush added about $5 trillion in the EIGHT years before. Pres. Obama has added almost $5 trillion to the national debt to date. Pres. Obama has not had fy budget passed in over 1000 days and he has run a trillion dollar fy deficit each year of his Presidency. (a record) How is that for truthful content....
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          by Gerry on Feb 2, 2012 at 11:33 AM in reply to Padraig
          @RR You should be careful to point out that the total national debt has increased less under Obama than it did under George W. Bush. You should also mention that the debt increased $250 billion less in Obama's third year than it did in Bush's last year.
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        by Jack on Feb 1, 2012 at 10:22 AM in reply to Gerry
        Go read the CBO report and their projections for the next four years.
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          by Gerry on Feb 1, 2012 at 01:10 PM in reply to Jack
          I'd like to read the CBO projection of who will be Prez 1 year from now. What are you saying except that you are prepared to blame Obama for the debt 4 years from now no matter who is Prez?
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          by GV on Feb 3, 2012 at 05:48 AM in reply to Jack
          gerry,you spend alot of time on this site.Certainly you know how to search the internet.You know,like google it or whatever search engine you decide to use.Why don't you just look it up and read it?
  • by grannie on Feb 1, 2012 at 03:58 AM
    i know people votes. but its still all about who has the most money i think when obame gave all that money away to help all those companies that some still went bankrup, all it was ,he bought their votes, how many more votes he bouht w/ tax payers money?? politics is so dirty ,it has not ever been for the the people. its all about money!!!!!!!
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