” Raising money for Obama’s presidential campaigns turns out to have been highly lucrative work. As The Blaze reports, there are now 23 Obama bundlers that hold foreign ambassadorships.
“ Noah Bryson Mamet, who bundled $500,000 for President Barack Obama hoped the Senate would pave the way for his first trip to Argentina – by confirming him as ambassador,” The Blaze writes.
Mamet isn’t the only ambassador to have never visited his country either. This week, George J. Tsunis, who raised $1.3 million for Obama, made a similar confession. WHen asked if he’d ever been to Norway, he replied “I have not.” “
Open Secrets describes bundlers thusly :
” Bundlers are people with friends in high places who, after bumping against personal contribution limits, turn to those friends, associates, and, well, anyone who’s willing to give, and deliver the checks to the candidate in one big “bundle.”
Even though these donors direct more money to the candidates than anyone else, disclosure can be spotty, candidates generally release bundlers by ranges of fundraising, indicated in this chart with the “max” and “min” columns, and with the top ranges being simply “$500,000 or more.” NOTE: Federal Election Commission regulations only require disclosure of funds bundled by registered lobbyists. In 2008, both Barack Obama and John McCain agreed to disclose any bundlers who raised over $50,000 for their campaigns. Obama’s re-election campaign is again disclosing those bundlers for the 2012 election. No 2012 Republican presidential candidates have agreed to voluntarily disclose their entire bundlers lists. “
Rare has more . To enlighten yourself further go here , here , here and here for a start . For the curious among our readers here you can find a list of Obama Bundlers as well as this infographic from Open Secrets.org .
This from the man that was going to get the “Big Money” out of politics .
Be sure an look over the bundler’s list … it contains literally hundreds of , to use Obama’s own words , fatcats … a who’s who of the rich and powerful . Below are just the top ten . The list is too long to put on this page in it’s entirety but well worth your attention .
Barack Obama Bundlers Min Max Name City State Employer Contributions* $500,000 Katzenberg, Jeffrey Los Angeles CA DreamWorks Animation $1,842,892 $500,000 Meyer, Barry and Wendy Los Angeles CA Warner Brothers $1,605,704 $500,000 Bagley, Elizabeth Washington DC US Dept of State $1,401,420 $500,000 Goldman, Lisa and Doug San Francisco CA Certain Software Inc $1,399,568 $500,000 Jordan, Wayne Oakland CA Jordan Real Estate Investments $1,367,528 $500,000 Snyder, Jay New York NY HBJ Investments $1,211,176 $500,000 Eychaner, Fred Chicago IL Newsweb Corp $1,175,550 $500,000 Sacks, Michael Winnetka IL Grosvenor Capital Management $1,159,813 $500,000 Jacobs, Irwin and Joan La Jolla CA Qualcomm Inc $1,061,899 $500,000 Bainum, Stewart Fulton MD Choice Hotels International $1,055,781