Tracking the White House Council on Jobs members' political donations
President Obama, flanked by GE CEO Jeffrey Immelt and White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley, speaks to members of his Council on Jobs and Competitiveness
February 28th, 2011
08:30 AM ET

Tracking the White House Council on Jobs members' political donations

WASHINGTON (CNN) – The president convened the first meeting of his newly created White House Council on Jobs and Competitiveness last week, with hopes gleaning information to boost hiring in the short term and improve the nation's place in the global economy in the long term.

"It's critical for us to have input from folks who are actually hiring, putting people to work, making payroll, making the products and services that make our economy so powerful," President Obama said in the meeting last Thursday, which was open to the press for only the first few minutes.

So just who is on this council?

The White House released the names and bios of 22 men and women, each of whom has excelled in his or her career in business and labor (see below for White House-provided bios).

The group is helmed by the CEO of GE, Jeffrey Immelt.

What most on the council have in common is their willingness to donate money to political candidates and parties.  In fact 20 of the 23 members (including Immelt) made financial contributions in the 2008 and/or 2010 election cycles, according to opensecrets.org.

Their combined household donations to Democratic and Republican candidates, parties, and PACs in the two election cycles comes to $1,772,439.

Of that, $1,449,094 went to Democrats while just $312,245 was donated to Republicans. $11,100 was directed toward Independents or others.

The most money given, by far, was by John Doerr and his wife, Ann, who gave $456,000 during that time frame, mostly to Democrats.

The least amount given was $200 to a Republican candidate for Senate by Darlene Miller.

Interestingly two members of the council, Joseph Hansen and Richard Trumka, did not donate to anyone. Both are union presidents.

Below is a list of Council members, the amount their households donated to political causes, and their bios as provided by the White House.

        Jeffrey Immelt: $59,100 $30,000 to Republicans, $29,100 to Democrats

       Steve Case household: $30,700 $23,300 to Democrats, $7,400 to Republicans

       Kenneth I. Chenault household: $67,000  $64,600 to Democrats, $2,400 to Republicans

       John Doerr household: $456,000 $453,400 to Democrats, $2,600 to Republicans

       Roger W. Ferguson, Jr.: $5,000 to Democrats

       Mark Gallogly: $206,200 $203, 800 to Democrats, $2,400 to Republicans

       Joseph T. Hansen: $0

       Lewis Hay, III household: $57,900 $44,800 to Republicans, $2,500 to Democrats, $10,600 to Independents

       Gary Kelly: $8,600 $4,600 to Republicans, $4,000 to Democrats

       Ellen Kullman household: $1,500 $1,000 to Democrats, $500 to Republicans

       A.G. Lafley: $12,000 to Republicans

       Monica C. Lozano: $1,000 to Democrats

       Darlene Miller: $200 to Republicans

       Paul S. Otellini household: $40,200 $34,900 to Republicans, $4,800 to Democrats, $500 to other

       Richard D. Parsons: $70,400 $66,100 to Republicans, $4,300 to Democrats

       Antonio Perez: $10,600 to Democrats

       Penny Pritzker household: $232,528 to Democrats

       Brian L. Roberts household: $197,800 $178,900 to Democrats, $18,900 to Republicans

       Matt Rose household: $112,545 $85,445 to Republicans, $27,100 to Democrats

       Sheryl Sandberg household: $58,000 to Democrats

       Richard L. Trumka: $0

       Laura D. Tyson household: $15,100 to Democrats

       Robert Wolf household: $130,066 to Democrats

President Obama announced his intent to appoint the following individuals to the President’s Council on Job and Competitiveness:

Steve Case, Appointee for Member, President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness

Steve Case is the Chairman of Revolution, a holding company that oversees multiple companies, which include Zipcar, LivingSocial and Everyday Health. He is also Chairman of the Case Foundation, a private family foundation he established in 1997 with his wife Jean. Mr. Case co-founded America Online in 1985, and under his leadership as Chairman and CEO, it became the world’s largest and most valuable Internet company. Mr. Case also serves as Chair of the Startup America Partnership, and co-chair of the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Mr. Case received a B.A. from Williams College.

Kenneth I. Chenault, Appointee for Member, President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness

Kenneth I. Chenault is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of American Express Company. From 1997 to 2001, Mr. Chenault served as American Express’ President and Chief Operating Officer. Before he came to American Express, Mr. Chenault was a management consultant with Bain & Co. from 1979 to 1981, and an attorney with Rogers & Wells from 1977 to 1979. Mr. Chenault serves on the boards of American Express and several other corporate and nonprofit organizations, including IBM, The Procter & Gamble Company, the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health, the National Center on Addiction & Substance Abuse at Columbia University, the Smithsonian Institution’s Advisory Council for the National Museum of African American History & Culture, and the World Trade Center Memorial Foundation. He also is on the boards of the Partnership for New York City, where he serves as Co-Chairman, The Business Council, and the Business Roundtable. Mr. Chenault received a B.A. in history from Bowdoin College and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

John Doerr, Appointee for Member, President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness

John Doerr is a partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB). Early in his career, Mr. Doerr joined Intel, where he worked in engineering and marketing. He then joined KPCB and soon started Silicon Compilers, a VLSI CAD software company, and @Home, the first broadband cable Internet service. Mr. Doerr is personally involved in organizations that further the improvement of K-12 public education, global poverty/health, and public policy, serving on the boards of New Schools, TechNet, ONE and the Aspen Institute.  In 2009, Mr. Doerr was appointed to President Obama's Economic Recovery Advisory Board. He also serves on the boards of Google and Amazon.com. Mr. Doerr earned a B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Rice University and an MBA from Harvard.

Roger W. Ferguson, Jr., Appointee for Member, President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness

Roger W. Ferguson, Jr. is President and Chief Executive Officer of TIAA-CREF, the leading provider of retirement services in the academic, research, medical and cultural fields. Previously, Mr. Ferguson served as Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors of the U.S. Federal Reserve System.  He was a voting member of the Federal Open Market Committee, served as Chairman of the Financial Stability Forum, and chaired Federal Reserve Board committees on banking supervision and regulation, payment system policy and reserve bank oversight. Prior to joining TIAA-CREF in April 2008, Mr. Ferguson was head of financial services for Swiss Re, Chairman of Swiss Re America Holding Corporation, and a member of the company’s executive committee.  Earlier, he was an Associate and Partner at McKinsey & Company.  He began his career as an attorney at the New York City office of Davis Polk & Wardwell. In 2009, Mr. Ferguson was appointed to President Obama’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board. He is also a member of the Boards of Trustees for the Institute for Advanced Study, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the New America Foundation, and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.  He is on the Board of Directors of Brevan Howard Asset Management LLP and the Partnership for New York City, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Economic Club of New York, the Harvard Law School Visiting Committee, and the Group of Thirty. Mr. Ferguson holds a B.A., J.D. and a Ph.D. in economics, all from Harvard University.

Mark Gallogly, Appointee for Member, President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness

Mark Gallogly is co-founder and managing principal of Centerbridge Partners, a multi strategy investment firm focused on private equity and credit investing. Prior to founding Centerbridge in 2005, Mr. Gallogly was with Blackstone Group for 16 years, where he was most recently a senior managing director, the head of private equity and a member of the firm’s management committee and the private equity group’s investment committee. In 2009, Mr. Gallogly was appointed to President Obama's Economic Recovery Advisory Board. He is also a member of the advisory council of the Hamilton Project, Columbia Business School’s board of overseers and the board of directors of the Dana Corporation. Mr. Gallogly received his B.A. from the University of Notre Dame, attended Sophia University in Tokyo, and received his MBA from Columbia Business School.

Joseph T. Hansen, Appointee for Member, President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness

Joseph T. Hansen is the President of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) which represents more than 1.3 million workers in the U.S. and Canada, and Chair of Change to Win. He was elected to serve as UFCW Secretary-Treasurer in 1997 and President in 2004. In 2003 he took office as President of Union Network International and was reelected as President in 2005.  In 2010, Mr. Hansen was appointed to President Obama’s Advisory Committee on Trade Policy and Negotiations.

Lewis “Lew” Hay, III, Appointee for Member, President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness

Lewis “Lew” Hay, III is chairman and chief executive officer of NextEra Energy, Inc., one of the nation’s leading electricity-related services companies and the largest renewable energy generator in North America. He was elected CEO in June 2001 and elected chairman of the board in January 2002. Mr. Hay serves on the board of directors of Capital One and Harris Corporation. He is a vice chairman of the Edison Electric Institute, a director and past chairman of the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations, and a member of the Business Roundtable. Mr. Hay received a B.S. in electrical engineering from Lehigh University and an M.S. in industrial administration from Carnegie Mellon University.

Gary Kelly, Appointee for Member, President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness

Gary Kelly serves as the Chairman of the Board, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Southwest Airlines. Mr. Kelly began his career at Southwest Airlines as Controller, moving up to Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Finance, then Executive Vice President and CFO, before being promoted to Chief Executive Officer and Vice Chairman in 2004. He assumed the role of Chairman in May 2008 and President in July 2008. Prior to joining Southwest Airlines in 1986, Mr. Kelly was a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) for Arthur Young & Company in Dallas and Controller for Systems Center, Inc. He is a member of the Texas Society of CPAs, chairs the McCombs School Advisory Council at the University of Texas at Austin, and is a member of the Lincoln National Corporation’s Board of Directors. Mr. Kelly received a B.B.A. in Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin.

Ellen Kullman, Appointee for Member, President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness

Ellen Kullman is chair of the board and chief executive officer of DuPont. Prior to becoming chief executive officer in 2009, she served as executive vice president and a member of the company's office of the chief executive. Ms. Kullman began her career at DuPont in 1988 as a marketing manager. She served as business director for several Dupont business units and was named group vice president of Dupont Safety & Protection in 2002. She is a member of the U.S.-India CEO Forum, the Business Council, and the executive committee of SCI-America.  Ms. Kullman is co-chair of the National Academy of Engineering Committee on Changing the Conversation: From Research to Action, and a board member of United Technologies Corporation and Tufts University. She holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Tufts University and a masters degree in management from Northwestern University.

A.G. Lafley, Appointee for Member, President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness

A.G. Lafley is the former Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of Procter & Gamble. He currently serves as Special Partner at Clayton, Dubilier & Rice and as a Director of the General Electric Company. Before becoming Chief Executive Officer of Procter & Gamble, he served as a group vice president in 1992, an executive vice president in 1995 and, in 1999, president of global beauty care and North America. Mr. Lafley is co-author of The Game Changer, a book on innovation. Mr. Lafley served in the U.S. Navy from 1970-75 as a supply officer.  He received a B.A. from Hamilton College in 1969 and an MBA from Harvard University in 1977.

Monica C. Lozano, Appointee for Member, President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness

Monica C. Lozano is Publisher and CEO of La Opinión, the nation’s largest Spanish language daily newspaper, as well as Sr. Vice President of Newspapers for impreMedia LLC, overseeing the company’s entire publications group. Under her tenure, La Opinión has expanded its distribution, launched new products and transformed itself from a newspaper company into a media company reaching audiences across multiple platforms. Ms. Lozano serves on the Board of Directors of the Walt Disney Company and Bank of America Corporation as well as several non-profit organizations. In 2009, she was appointed to President Obama’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board. 

Darlene Miller, Appointee for Member, President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness

Darlene Miller is the owner and CEO of Permac Industries, a Minnesota machining company custom manufacturing precision parts for customers worldwide. She started working as a Sales Representative at Permac in 1992, became part owner in 1993, and became the sole owner of the company in 1994. Under Ms. Miller’s leadership, Permac Industries was named the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year in 2008. Ms. Miller has been an active participant in a variety of industry and community organizations and is currently a board member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Minnesota Valley Medical Manufacturers network, which she co-founded in 2006.

Paul S. Otellini, Appointee for Member, President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness

Paul S. Otellini is President and Chief Executive Officer of Intel Corporation. Mr. Otellini previously had served as Intel’s president and chief operating officer, positions he held since 2002, the same year he was elected to Intel’s board of directors. Since joining Intel in 1974, Mr. Otellini has managed several Intel businesses, including the company's PC and server microprocessor division and the global sales and marketing organization. He also serves on the board of directors of Google Inc. Mr. Otellini received a B.A. in economics from the University of San Francisco and an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley.

Richard D. Parsons, Appointee for Member, President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness

Richard D. Parsons is a Senior Advisor at Providence Equity Partners Inc., a leading private equity investment firm specializing in media, communication and information companies, and he is also Chairman of the Board of Citigroup, Inc. From 2002 to 2008, Mr. Parsons served as Chairman of the Board and CEO of Time Warner, Inc., the world’s largest media and entertainment company. Mr. Parsons began his career as counsel to Nelson Rockefeller when he was New York State Governor as well as Vice President of the United States; and he later served as a senior White House aide to President Gerald Ford.  In 2008, Mr. Parsons served as a member of then President-Elect Barack Obama’s Transition Team on the Economic Advisory Board.  Mr. Parsons received B.A. from the University of Hawaii and his J.D. from Union University’s Albany Law School.

Antonio Perez, Appointee for Member, President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness

Antonio Perez is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Kodak. Since joining the company in 2003, Mr. Perez has led the worldwide transformation of Kodak from a business based on film to one based primarily on digital technologies. Prior to Kodak, Mr. Perez was President and CEO of Gemplus International.  He also worked for more than two decades at Hewlett-Packard Company, where he was a corporate vice president and a member of the company’s executive council. Mr. Perez is a member of the Business Council, the Business Roundtable, and he serves on the board of trustees of the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film.

Penny Pritzker, Appointee for Member, President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness

Penny Pritzker is currently chairman of the board of TransUnion, Chairman/CEO of Pritzker Realty Group as well as chair and co-founder of The Parking Spot, Artemis Real Estate Partners, and Vi, formerly known as Classic Residence by Hyatt.  She was National Finance Chair of the Barack Obama for President campaign and co-chair of the 2009 Presidential Inaugural Committee. In 2009, she was appointed to President Obama’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board.  She is also a  member of the board of the Council on Foreign Relations.  A patron of the arts and an education advocate, Ms. Pritzker is a former chairman of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, the current chairman of the Chicago Public Education Fund and a trustee of Stanford University. She and her husband, Dr. Bryan Traubert, through their Pritzker Traubert Family Foundation, fund various initiatives to improve public education, support health and fitness endeavors and expand art and culture opportunities.

Brian L. Roberts, Appointee for Member, President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness

Brian L. Roberts is Chairman and CEO of Comcast Corporation and Chairman of the Board of Directors of NBCUniversal.  Under his leadership, Comcast has grown into a Fortune 100 company and has become majority owner and manager of NBCUniversal, which owns and operates entertainment and news cable networks, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, local television station groups, television production operations, a major motion picture company and theme parks.  Mr. Roberts is a former Chairman and current member of the Board of Directors of both the National Cable and Telecommunications Association and CableLabs, a research and development consortium for the cable industry. He is also member of the Business Roundtable. Mr. Roberts received his B.S. from the Wharton School of Finance of the University of Pennsylvania.

Matt Rose, Appointee for Member, President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness

Matt Rose is Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of  Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Corporation. Additional positions that he has held include President and Chief Operating Officer, Senior Vice President and Chief Operations Officer and Senior Vice President of the company’s Merchandise Business Unit.  He is a member of the Board of Directors of AMR Corporation; a member of the Board of Directors of Centex Corporation; a member of the Board of Directors of the Association of American Railroads; a member of the Board of Directors of American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity; a member of the Texas Governor’s Business Council; a member of Business Roundtable; a member of The Business Council; a member of the Board of Trustees of Texas Christian University; and a member of the National Infrastructure Advisory Council. Mr. Rose received a B.S. from the University of Missouri.

Sheryl Sandberg, Appointee for Member, President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness

Sheryl Sandberg is Chief Operating Officer at Facebook, where she oversees the firm's business operations including sales, marketing, business development, human resources, public policy and communications. Prior to Facebook, Sheryl was Vice President of Global Online Sales and Operations at Google and was instrumental in launching Google.org, Google’s philanthropic arm. Previously, Ms. Sandberg served as Chief of Staff for the United States Treasury Department under President Clinton. Ms. Sandberg began her professional career as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company and  an economist with the World Bank. Ms. Sandberg serves on the boards of The Walt Disney Company, Starbucks, Women for Women International, Center for Global Development and V-Day. She received a B.A. summa cum laude in Economics from Harvard University and received an MBA with highest distinction from the Harvard Business School. 

Richard L. Trumka, Appointee for Member, President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness

Richard L. Trumka is President of the AFL-CIO. From 1995-2009, he served as AFL-CIO’s Secretary-Treasurer and, as a member of the AFL-CIO Executive Council, was Chairman of the Strategic Approaches Committee. Before his time with the AFL-CIO, Mr. Trumka was the International President of the United Mine Workers of America. Mr. Trumka serves on numerous boards, including the National Labor College, Economic Policy Institute, ULLICO Inc., the Housing Investment Trust, the Solidarity Center, Alliance for Retired Americans and Union Privilege. In 2009, Mr. Trumka was appointed to President Obama’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board. Mr. Trumka received a B.S. from Pennsylvania State University and a J.D. from Villanova University.

Laura D’Andrea Tyson, Appointee for Member, President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness

Laura D’Andrea Tyson is the S.K. and Angela Chan Professor of Global Management at the Haas School of Business at the University of California Berkeley.  She served as Dean of London Business School from 2002-2006, and as Dean of the Haas School of Business, University of California at Berkeley, from 1998-2001. Between 1995 and 1996, Dr. Tyson served as President Clinton’s National Economic Advisor. Dr. Tyson is an advisory board member of Newman’s Own Advisory Board, Generation Investment Management, The Rock Creek Group, and H&Q Asia Pacific. She is also a director at LECG (Law and Economics Consulting Group) and serves on the Board of Directors of Eastman Kodak Company, Morgan Stanley, AT&T, Inc., the Peter G. Peterson Institute of International Economics, the New America Foundation, and Silver Spring Networks. In 2009, Dr. Tyson was appointed to President Obama’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board. She received a B.A. summa cum laude from Smith College and a Ph.D. in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Robert Wolf, Appointee for Member, President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness

Robert Wolf is Chairman for UBS Americas and President for UBS Investment Bank. He joined UBS in 1994 after spending approximately 10 years at Salomon Brothers. In 2009, Mr. Wolf was appointed to President Obama’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board.  He is on the Undergraduate Executive Board of the Wharton School and on the Athletics Board of Overseers at the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Wolf also serves on numerous boards, including the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights, the Children’s Aid Society and the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy and the Partnership for NYC. Mr. Wolf graduated from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania with a B.S. in Economics in 1984.


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soundoff (2 Responses)
  1. Jay in NC

    So Barry has another closed door meeting, with his campaign contributers, and calls it job creation. So much for the open government he promised.

    Barry also said "The vast majority of the money I got was from small donors all across the country."
    This proved to be a lie as well. Check out politifact.com

    http://politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2010/apr/22/barack-obama/obama-campaign-financed-large-donors-too/

    February 28, 2011 at 10:00 am |
  2. baabaablacksheep

    Is this article really on CNN? I didnt think the journalists at CNN had it in them to seek such transparency from govt.

    Let me help you finish the research here. Step 2 is to take each member of the council and examine to what degree the government has provided their firms with funds, stimulus or otherwise....in the same election cycles you mention.

    If you can do that, I will be amazed beyond all belief.

    February 28, 2011 at 12:56 pm |