Lobbyists bundled just over $2 million for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign during the second quarter of the year, according to FEC filings submitted Wednesday.
Forty lobbyist bundlers raised a collective $2,075,344.60 for the Democratic candidate — nine times more than the $228,400 that eight lobbyist bundlers raised for Republican candidate Jeb Bush.
Clinton’s top bundler by far was Jackson Dunn of FTI Consulting, who raised $231,544. Dunn lobbies on behalf of Dow Chemical, MasterCard, Noble Energy and PepsiCo, according to lobbying records.
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Other top lobbyist bundlers were Steve Elmendorf of Elmendorf Ryan, who raised $141,815, and Andrew Smith and former South Carolina governor Jim Hodges, both of McGuireWoods, who raised $133,350 and $106,750, respectively.
People who raise more than $17,600 from friends, family and colleagues are known as bundlers. Campaigns are required to disclose the names of bundlers if they are federally registered lobbyists, but are not required to disclose the names of all bundlers.
While the amount of money raised this way may be dwarfed by the unlimited sums that can be contributed to super PACs — hundreds of thousands of dollars compared to millions — it nonetheless offers a glimpse into who on K Street may have access to and influence on a potential future president.
Clinton also received tens of thousands of dollars bundled by lobbyists for Starbucks, Microsoft, Exxon, Corning Inc., the National Cable Telecommunications Association, Cheniere Energy and Edison Electric Institute.
A number of Clinton’s bundlers are leaders at prominent lobby shops in Washington, including Don Pongrace of Akin Gump, who raised $24,300; Al Mottur of Brownstein Hyatt, who raised $67,925; Heather Podesta of Heather Podesta + Partners, who raised $31,150; Tony Podesta of Podesta Group, who raised $74,575.