Obama campaign reveals biggest fundraisers around Election Day
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March 2nd, 2013
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Obama campaign reveals biggest fundraisers around Election Day

(CNN) - Although federal law places limits on the amount an individual can donate to political campaigns and groups, there are the bundlers: "volunteer fundraisers," as President Barack Obama's campaign calls them, who pull together individual donations to form the huge sums campaigns need.

The Obama campaign has voluntarily disclosed their bundlers, and new details out Saturday show some of their biggest volunteer fundraisers are big stars.

The list identifies almost 250 bundlers who raised more than $500,000 for Obama's re-election effort in the fourth quarter of 2012, a period including the weeks before Election Day. The list puts bundlers into several tiers starting with those who raised more than $50,000 and ending with the $500,000-plus bracket. But it does not specify how much an individual contributed.

Overall, Obama's re-election effort raised more than $1 billion.

Some of the most recognizable names topping the list are actress Eva Longoria, film mogul Tyler Perry, actor Will Smith, actress Jada Pinkett-Smith, singer Gwen Stefani and producer Harvey Weinstein.

At least two - magazine editor Anna Wintour and Penny Pritzker, a business owner and hotel heiress - are understood to be on Obama's short list for spots in his administration.

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley and Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe make the list, too. Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy and Newark, New Jersey, Mayor Cory Booker are each in the $200,000 to $500,000 range.

Among those rounding out the bundlers are CEOs, lawyers, members of the entertainment industry and Democratic fundraisers. Several hosted fundraisers for Obama's campaign.

Also on the list: Jon Corzine, the former New Jersey governor and senator who was CEO of the now-bankrupt MF Global where investigators say more than $1 billion in customer funds are missing.

– CNN's Gregory Wallace contributed to this report


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soundoff (106 Responses)
  1. chippotter

    Did someone just equate morality and the entertainment industry?

    March 3, 2013 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  2. and how many of them have tax shelters ???????

    do u think they pay their fair share? really? u think the middle class they purport to support have any tax shelters and teams of fancy tax lawyers working hard to hide their money?

    March 3, 2013 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  3. Rick

    Yet the GOP still hides its donors, because they know the negative repuercussions from the public finding out that big oil, big nuclear, big insurance and big finance are pulling their strings.

    March 3, 2013 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  4. Hillcrester

    The President released this info voluntarily–he was not required to do ut. How about the same from RomneyBain? Knowing his history, the not-President will probably release one week of information about his bundlers.

    March 3, 2013 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  5. SEAL Team Alpha and Omega

    God loves Barack Obama more than any republican.

    March 3, 2013 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  6. Bob

    Hey, tell it like it is – Go drink some more tea.

    March 3, 2013 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  7. Joel

    So his election money came from people who made their money starring in films that people went to see for their graphic depictions of guns being used to shoot people. Wow. Now you know why in all these proposals banning guns from the movie screens is not ever mentioned. He doesn't want to cripple that revenue stream for democrats.

    March 3, 2013 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  8. hal

    Who will get the posh ambassadorships?

    March 3, 2013 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  9. Randy, San Francisco

    Time again to propose public financing of election campaigns with strict donation limits. Instead of expanding the democratic process, conservative Supreme Court judges opened the door for billionaires and corporations to buy election outcomes.

    March 3, 2013 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  10. Toma Kay

    I wish actors with money to blow stay out of politics and donate to a worthwhile cause like feeding Americans and letting foreigners starve.

    March 3, 2013 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  11. Former Republican

    The GOP lost and will continue to lose... Buh Bye...

    March 3, 2013 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  12. Silly Willy

    I hate the GOP, but I give them credit. They stick together even when they are caught trying to fleece the American people.

    March 3, 2013 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  13. freedom

    Aren't these the epitomy of the 1 percenters that the democrats find so appauling?? wow – hypocrisy, arrogance, unintelligence, and simply, disgusting.

    March 3, 2013 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  14. Winfrey

    Wonder why Jay and Beyonce aren't mentioned....I remember reading that the bash they held in New York at Jay's club netted $4million+...

    March 3, 2013 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  15. Morecattlethanhat

    Archie and Jugghead, were about to be crowned King and Jester by several millionaires money and influence. So why all the fuss about those that sent money to the democratic side of the equation? Could it be that many of you are stupid? Could be.

    March 3, 2013 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  16. Dean

    The Pope and Obama are on the same stage in Yankee Stadium in front of a
    huge crowd.

    The Pope leans towards Mr. Obama and said, "Do you know that with one
    little wave of my hand I can make every person in this crowd go wild with joy?
    This joy will not be a momentary display, but will go deep into their hearts
    and they'll forever speak of this day and rejoice!"

    Obama replied, "I seriously doubt that! With one little wave of your
    hand....Show me!"

    So the Pope backhanded him and knocked him off the stage!

    AND THE CROWD ROARED & CHEERED WILDLY and there was happiness throughout the land!

    Kind of brings a tear to your eye, doesn't it?

    March 3, 2013 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  17. Jovan Bregu

    And that is why the entertainment industry got a huge break in taxes, while the rest of us are already slammed with a higher tax rate!

    March 3, 2013 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  18. LiberalJoePlumber

    Breaking news: Hollywood snobs support a political snob.

    March 3, 2013 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  19. mark

    And the GOP got its money from the Koch brothers and gambling casino owners, oil companies and other big polluters, industrial agriculture and others who get huge taxpayer subsidies while making record profits...Moan all you want, right wingers...you lost big, and you will never win again.

    March 3, 2013 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  20. Meki60

    That's me finished with everyone of those looser people

    March 3, 2013 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  21. Jay

    @Joel I live in Canada, we play the same video games, watch the same movies and tv shows, and listen to the same music. We do not have the anger, hate, and gun violence that accompanies it. And the same has been shown in many different countries around the world. It's a ridiculous argument that violent video games and movies are the cause of the violence in the country. The facts show the games and movies really don't have that much effect.

    March 3, 2013 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  22. sambo

    the 1% he hates so much unless they give their money to his cause vs the peoples cause

    March 3, 2013 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  23. wjgiunta

    Republicans don't love Barack Obama.

    March 3, 2013 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  24. Catmandew

    As usual the president is trying to take the spotlight off of his present crisis that he created by releasing info about something totally different!

    March 3, 2013 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  25. wjgiunta

    We can thank the Supreme Court for allowing our politicians to be bought. Wealthy people (including corporations who are defined as people by the court) and lobbyist give our government and potential elected candidates large amounts of money for special considerations and favoritism. This is now the norm for our government. Only the wealthy can run for positions in our government. Grass root leaders and anyone not in the Dem or Reb party cannot expect to win any national election or gain political influence. Once members of Congress are elected they are royalty, control their term duration, benefits, salary, health insurance, vacations, pension, and are almost sovereign. They do not even have to show up or perform.
    We the People are doomed.

    March 3, 2013 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
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