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Obama Uses State Dinner To Reward Bundlers

From ABC News:

Obama’s Top Campaign Bundlers Among State Dinner Guests

Devin Dwyer
Mar 14, 2012

More than three dozen of President Obama’s top re-election campaign financiers are guests at tonight’s White House state dinner in honor of British Prime Minister David Cameron.

They include Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, media mogul Fred Eychaner, Pfizer executive Sally Susman, Stoneyfield Farms president and CEO Gary Hirschberg, and Microsoft executives Suzi Levine and John Frank. Several have each raised more than half a million dollars for 2012, according to estimates provided by Obama’s campaign.

All told, 41 of the 364 expected attendees are Obama campaign bundlers, or volunteer fundraisers who give the legal maximum and then gather checks from friends and colleagues who do the same.

The group attending the dinner tonight is responsible for at least $10.7 million of the roughly $250 million Obama and Democrats have amassed for the election cycle so far.

Mr. Obama has been using Britain’s Prime Minister Cameron as a campaign prop all week. Including trotting him out for a nationally televised basketball game in the important ‘swing state’ of Ohio.

But using his ‘state dinner’ as an excuse to pay back 41 of his top campaign bundlers on the taxpayers’ dime seems to us to be an insult to Mr. Cameron and to our staunchest ally. And, of course, it’s not his first slight of the UK.

It’s not the first time Obama’s campaign donors have been spotted at a White House state dinner. In October, at least half a dozen attended the evening in honor of South Korean President Lee Myung-bak.

Here’s the full list of donors attending the dinner tonight, including the range of their contribution and employer, as listed by the Obama campaign:

Gerald Acker, Huntington Woods, MI – $200,000-$500,000 (Goodman Acker PC)

Mark Alderman, Bryn Mawr, PA – $200,000-$500,000 (Cozen & O’Connor)

Jean-Phillipe Austin, Miami, FL – $200,000-$500,000 (Physician)

Matthew Barzun, Louisville, KY – $500,000+ (Brickpath LLC)

Tom and Andrea Bernstein, New York, NY – $500,000+ (Chelsea Piers Mgmt)

Neil Bluhm, Chicago, IL – $200,000-$500,000 (Walton Street Capital)

Wally Brewster, Jr., and Robert Satawake, Chicago, IL – $200,000-$500,000 (General Growth Properties/Keller Williams Realty)

Jim Crown, Chicago, IL – $200,000-$500,000 (Henry Crown & Co)

John Crumpler, Durham, NC – $500,000+ (Hatteras Venture Architects)

Meredith DeWitt, Harvard, MA – $200,000-$500,000 (Political Consultant)

Fred Eychaner, Chicago, IL – $500,000+ (Newsweb Corp)

Joseph Falk, Miami, FL – $200,000-$500,000 (Akerman, Senterfitt & Eidson)

Rajiv Kumar Fernando, Chicago, IL – $200,000-$500,000 (Chopper Trading)

John Frank, Bellevue, WA — $500,000+ (Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Microsoft,)

William Freeman, Nashville, TN – $100,000-$200,000 (Freeman Webb Co)

Lou Frillman, Seattle, WA – $200,000-$500,000 (GVA Marquette Advisors/Financial Designs Ltd)

Anthony Gardner, Washington, DC – $200,000-$500,000 (Palamon Captial Partners)

Chad Griffin, Los Angeles, CA – $100,000-$200,000 (Chad Griffin Consulting)

Samuel Heins and Stacey Mills, Wayzata, MN – $200,000-$500,000 (Heins, Mills & Olson)

Don Hinkle, Tallahassee, FL – $100,000-$200,000 (Hinkle & Foran)

Gary Hirshberg, Concord, NH – $100,000-$200,00 (Stonyfield Farm)

Barry Karas, Los Angeles, CA – $500,000+ (Perlman & Assoc/Actor)

Janet Keller, Laguna Beach, CA – $200,000-$500,000 (Consultant)

Charlie Kireker, Weybridge, VT – $200,000-$500,000 (Twin Birches)

Orin Kramer, New York, NY – $500,000+ (Boston Provident)

Mai Lassiter, Los Angeles, CA – $200,000-$500,000 (Overbrook Entertainment)

Suzi Levine, Seattle, WA – $200,000-$500,000 (Microsoft)

Joe Liemandt, Austin, TX – $100,000-$200,000 (Trilogy Enterprises Inc)

James Murray, Keene, VA – $100,000-$200,000 (Greenbriar Square Property Management)

Susan Ness, Bethesda, MD – $200,000-$500,000 (Susan Ness Strategies)

Michael Monroe Parham, Seattle, WA – $500,000+ (Realnetworks Inc)

Carol Pensky, Washington, DC – $200,000-$500,000 (Retired)

Ellen Richman, Greenwich, CT – $50,000-$100,000 (Richman Group)

John Scully, San Francisco, CA – $50,000-$100,000 (Spo Partners & Co)

Diana Shaw Clark, Washington, DC – $100,000-$200,000 (Writer)

Jay Snyder, New York, NY – $200,000-$500,000 (HBJ Investments)

Sally Susman, New York, NY – $500,000+ (Pfizer Inc)

John and Sandi Thompson, Woodside, CA – $200,000-$500,000 (Fenwick & West)

George Tsunis, Cold Spring Harbor, NY – $200,000-$500,000 (Chartwell Hotels)

Harvey Weinstein, New York, NY – $500,000+ (Weinstein Co)

Anna Wintour, New York, NY — $500,000+ (Editor-in-Chief, Vogue Magazine)

We are all sick of asking this question by now, but what if George Bush had done this? Can you imagine the outrage in the news media? The calls for an investigation by Congress?

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, March 15th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “Obama Uses State Dinner To Reward Bundlers”

  1. canary says:

    Staggering donations. News reported decor scheme “America’s Backyard” if I remember.
    I didn’t get it with the earlier video of this indoor scheme with no umbrella tables.
    We don’t get to see the outdoors which probably compared to the Playboy Mansion’s yard.

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