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.

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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. cdub

    Abolish the party system. It is tearing this country apart.

    March 2, 2013 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  2. norma jean

    You are all "nuts".....if Romney had won you would still be complaining because he would 'nt have had any more success with the politians running the Senate and Congress than the president has...so everything would still be in a mess McConnell and Boehner are the ones running blind through Washington...... In fact they made it VERY clear that they would fight the president all the way...but they haven't helped the Repubs either...BOTH ARE RUNNING SCARED BECAUSE THEIR JOBS ARE ON THE LINE!!!!!

    March 2, 2013 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  3. norma jean

    Incidentally.......the really big money was going in Romneys direction and a lot of those donors lost theirshirts!!!!!!BIG

    March 2, 2013 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  4. Marin89

    Obama, the best money can buy!!!

    March 2, 2013 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  5. kutrvnkhgfd

    I rasied more than any of those listed –millions and millions more–I got shafted in the end though. go figure...

    March 2, 2013 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  6. norma jean

    Another interesting situation....It seems that the mouths that roar...{that's you guys} are giving Ashley Judd a lot of smart talk and say that because she's from"Hollywood" she is wasting your time.....well I seem to remember that another HOLLYWOOD name came along and due to his fame made it to the WHIte House.... I was there and I can tell you that he was a questionable politico but a big name in" GOLLYWOOD"...If he hadn't been an actor....nobody would have payed any attention to him at all........in fact a lot of people ..when he was campaigning..didn't know who he was!!!!!FACT!!!!

    March 2, 2013 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  7. North Dallas Don

    Campaign spending as it stands today serves as justification for an entire redistribution of our nation's wealth so that a majority of influence does not belong to a small fraction of the minority.

    March 3, 2013 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  8. Donna

    Why not have the media outlets allot so much time during news programs for each candidate. Equal time and no editing. Let the people listen and learn. Next, the rich who have so much to give, great, let them pay against the national debt, instead of wasting so much on the same political message over and over again( both parties). Next, does anyone find it odd that the President always talks smack about the "rich", but parties with them all the time. And in the last crisis, funded Hollywood with money? Just saying! Do I think the GOP is any better with their fundraising tactic, No. Come on common man, wake up, we are the ones getting taken to the cleaners and instead of being dragged, we marching in the governement parade. Easy answer to get back on tract. First, tell every goverment agency there will be a 10% cut, then do it. If each agency is smart, I bet they could do this without anyone losing their job. Sorry to get on my soapbox – but where did we lose our common sense? When did it become a sin to work hard and become wealthy? When did winning an election become more desirable that serving your country?

    March 3, 2013 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  9. ThinkAgain

    @RCMAPP: "Hey Obama Lovers; Honestly; You don't have a problem with this article ??? $1-BILLION in donations !!!"

    The sad reality is the GOP-lead Supreme Court, under Chief Justice John Roberts, OK'd Citizens United, opening the floodgates to political contributions. President Obama accepted that he had to raise huge sums to fight the rightwing smear machine funded by the likes of the Koch brothers and Sheldon Adelson.

    All of that aside, the real reason the GOP won't reveal their donors is because, for all their chest-thumping "patriotism," many of their top donors are foreign corporations and foreign nationals.

    Don't believe me? Prove me wrong.

    March 3, 2013 02:29 am at 2:29 am |
  10. ThinkAgain

    The GOP won't reveal their donors because, for all their chest-thumping "patriotism," many of their top donors are foreign corporations and foreign nationals.

    Don't believe me? Prove me wrong.

    March 3, 2013 02:30 am at 2:30 am |
  11. ThinkAgain

    Why are right-wingers putting down these donors? They're all hard-working people who have been very successful, against extremely long odds (very few achieve the critical and financial acclaim these people have). They are exercising their rights as citizens to participate in national politics as permitted by law. And, unlike GOP donors, they are not afraid to have their contributions made public.

    Again, what's wrong with that?

    March 3, 2013 02:50 am at 2:50 am |
  12. TimM

    BUNDLERS AND PACS...same outcome, but one is okay, the other is demonic....depending on your political views. And we wonder why Washington is so 'partisan', maybe it is because we are so polarized ourselves.

    March 3, 2013 05:40 am at 5:40 am |
  13. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    I always had a crush on Gwen Stefani. I knew there's was something special about this lovely lady. Now I love her even more for supporting the President. Hugs and kisses my love. Oops, sorry for being carried away people.

    March 3, 2013 06:07 am at 6:07 am |
  14. Mike

    How interesting that no one finds it shady that a former NJ governor and senator turned CEO donated 500,000 and yet his company is bankrupt and "missing" 1,000,000 in consumer funds....

    Equally disturbing to me is that current politicians are donating that much and a couple of the people who donated are being considered for high up positions.

    I don't care what side you are on (and yes, I know Romney must have done the same thing)– this should all stink. Campaign financing is completely out of hand and there is no way you can tell me there is not A LOT of room for corruption because of the amount money that is exchanged amongst a select few. There should be a hard limit on individual donations with no loop holes, maybe 5,000 (certainly still way too much for almost everyone but at least not to the level of such potential corruption). The fact that both sides spent a billion dollars on just a campaign when we have such a financial problem in this country is disgusting.

    March 3, 2013 06:28 am at 6:28 am |
  15. wgf

    @lex - "He is taking the US backward and hops to have a one party state by 2014."

    The GOP would also like to have a one party state - just a different party. But right now, for some reason, they're working as hard as they can to fulfill Obama's hopes.

    btw... The last Democratic President that the Republicans DIDN'T hold in outright contempt was Johnson. That's two generations of refusing to get along. After a while people get tired of it.

    March 3, 2013 07:01 am at 7:01 am |
  16. Rogue351

    Funny the president was not dependent on a group like that NRA to raise money for the office. Instead Obama was given money by the entertainment community. The same community that contribute to help disaster victims, working for research in to find cures in different areas of medicine. Instead of standing behind a corporation like the NRA that breeds death or a corporation such as Halliburton. There use to be this thing in American called Right and Wrong. It was based on morals. However since the fundamentalist right has taken over you are only doing the "right" thing when you are going against the government, which they always forget to mention they are mostly on control of. Now if you are on the "Left" side, popularized being the "Wrong" side then you are not a church member, your possibly gay or support gays, you agree with and support the president. On the other hand the "right" supports racism, hatred of women, the use of gun anytime you "feel" threatened, war that the drop of a hat. And basically letting anyone who will not bow down to the rich elite starve and die in the street, regardless of age. And they base this on the so called fact that the richest country in the world can not "AFFORD" to help the elderly, the sick, the mentally ill. But be sure they want to may absolutely certain that even if they cannot buy bread they can buy a gun.

    March 3, 2013 07:02 am at 7:02 am |
  17. Reddog

    I love my country, but I hate what elections have become.

    March 3, 2013 07:11 am at 7:11 am |
  18. itengineer

    Those are the innocuous ones. What about Soros and the others who give through various channels.

    March 3, 2013 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
  19. Disgusted

    It would be interesting to know if all of those Governors did their fund-raising on during work hours. I'm sure they didn't.

    March 3, 2013 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  20. Tell it like it is

    Ha, this is comical! He will release the names of his campaign supporters, but his college transcripts – HELL NO! What a lying, hypocritical, poor excuse for a POTUS thug!

    March 3, 2013 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  21. DemFromSC

    And Exxon gave how many millions to the GOP?

    March 3, 2013 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  22. Johnny DC

    More popularity. More actions by this administration to prolong the "celebrity" mentality of this president.

    This president is nothing more than an extension of the Kardashians – a train wreck at every turn, but for some reason it's all this country cares to see.

    March 3, 2013 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  23. ST

    @ Steve Lyons

    The first person to go to jail is Karl Rove. Why are you pretending you do not know what Karl have been doing and you jump on to these people, who helped Pres. Obama so that he can help the poor? Whats wrong with that Steve?

    March 3, 2013 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  24. Mike in NH

    You'd think that someone more interested in Hollywood than DC would get the difference between Star Wars and Star Trek. No wonder so many Americans have a hard time identifying with our President.

    March 3, 2013 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  25. chippotter

    Did someone just lump morality and the entertainment industry together?

    March 3, 2013 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
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