Obama bundlers come up big
By Aaron Blake,
Sixty people and couples have raised at least a half-million dollars for President Obama’s reelection.
Obama’s campaign and an affiliated committee run with the Democratic National Committee both filed their fourth quarter financial reports Tuesday, showing a highly effective bundling operation in full gear.
The Federal Election Commission reports show Obama raised a combined $68 million for his campaign and a joint fundraising committee with the DNC. And to go along with the filings, the campaign voluntarily released the names of 60 bundlers who have raised at least half a million dollars for the president.
Some of the names are familiar to many Americans, including movie producer Harvey Weinstein and DreamWorks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg, who both raised half a million dollars. One name the Obama campaign would rather not have on there is former New Jersey governor and MF Global CEO Jon Corzine, who has recently come under fire following the collapse of that firm. The Obama campaign and DNC have returned the money Corzine personally donated to them, but Republicans have called on them to return the money he bundled as well.
Actress Eva Longoria raised more than $200,000 for the president, and a gay couple — HBO executive James Costas and former White House interior decorator Michael Smith — are listed together as a $500,000 bundler.
The Obama team emphasized that, along with the bundlers and big donors, 583,000 people donated in the fourth quarter, including 200,000 new donors, and the average contribution was just over $50.
For a recap of the fundraising on the GOP side of the ledger, see here.