Meals for Bundlers: State Dinner Invitees Included Over 3 Dozen Big Dollar Obama Fundraisers
By Doug Powers • March 14, 2012 11:12 PM **Written by Doug Powers
At Wednesday night’s state dinner, there was one Obama bundler for every eight non-bundlers — 41 in all according to ABC News:
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.
Those bundlers were rewarded with a menu consisting of crisped halibut, American bison, vegetables and steamed lemon pudding prepared with Idaho Huckleberry Sauce. That’s better chow than they had at Biden’s dinner meeting of the “We are the Middle Class” club that Joe hosted a couple of days ago at John Kerry’s one bedroom efficiency apartment above a liquor store in Dorchester.
The full state dinner guest list is here.
Final note from the Washington Post:
The Obama campaign said it had no comment on the donor-heavy guest list.
I don’t blame them — “cha-ching!” wouldn’t have been appropriate under the circumstances.
**Written by Doug Powers