47 Obama Fundraisers Attend State Dinner
Movie producer and Obama bundler Harvey Weinstein and fashion designer Georgina Chapman (R) arrive for a State Dinner in honor of British Prime Minister David Cameron at the White House on March 14, 2012. Weinstein has raised more than $500,000 for the president's campaign.
March 15th, 2012
04:30 PM ET

47 Obama Fundraisers Attend State Dinner

Alongside notable figures from Hollywood to Washington at the State Dinner for British Prime Minister David Cameron on Wednesday night, there were also 47 so-called bundlers, or mega-fundraisers, for President Barack Obama’s reelection campaign that made the exclusive guest list. A bundler is a fundraiser who bundles donations from others on behalf of the campaign. Combined, this group of fundraisers has raised at least $10 million for the president – and likely much, much more.

The Obama campaign provides a list of these “volunteer fundraisers” on its website, but rather than reveal exactly how much they have raised, they simply place the donors into tiers. Thirteen of the dinner attendees raised more than a half a million dollars for the president, 24 raised between $200,000 and $500,000, eight raised between $100,000 and $200,000 and three between $50,000 and $100,000.

Here’s a full list of the bundlers who attended and how much they’ve raised:

Amount Raised: $500,000k+

The Honorable Matthew Barzun, Louisville, KY

Mr. Tom Bernstein and Mrs. Andrea Bernstein, New York, NY

Mr. John Crumpler, Durham, NC

Mr. Fred Eychaner, Chicago, IL

Mr. John Frank, Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Microsoft, Bellevue, WA

Mr. Barry Karas, Los Angeles, CA

Mr. Orin Kramer, New York, NY

Mr. Michael Monroe Parham, Seattle, WA

Mr. Dana Matthew Perlman, Los Angeles, CA

Ms. Sally Susman, New York, NY

Mr. Harvey Weinstein, New York, NY

Ms. Anna Wintour, Editor-in-Chief, Vogue Magazine, New York, NY


Amount Raised: $200,000-$500,000

Gerald Acker, Huntington Woods, MI

Mr. Mark Alderman, Bryn Mawr, PA

Dr. Jean-Phillipe Austin, Miami, FL

Mr. Neil G. Bluhm, Chicago, IL

Mr. Wally Brewster, Jr. and Mr. Robert Satawake, Chicago, IL

Mr. Jim Crown, Chicago, IL

Mr. Joseph Falk, Miami, FL

Mr. Rajiv Kumar Fernando, Chicago, IL

Mr. Lou Frillman and Mrs. Carol Frillman, Seattle, WA

Mr. Anthony Gardner, Washington, DC (London, England)

Mr. Samuel Heins and Ms. Stacey Mills, Wayzata, MN

Mrs. Janet Keller, Laguna Beach, CA

Mr. Charlie Kireker and Mrs. Marie Kireker, Weybridge, VT

Mrs. Mai Lassiter, Los Angeles, CA

Mrs. Suzi Levine, Seattle, WA

Ms. Susan Ness, Bethesda, MD

Mrs. Carol Pensky, Washington, DC

Mr. Jay Snyder, New York, NY

Mrs. Sandi Thompson, Woodside, CA

Mr. George Tsunis, Cold Spring Harbor, NY

Amount Raised: $100,000-$200,000

Mr. William Freeman, Nashville, TN

Mr. Chad Griffin, Los Angeles, CA

Mr. Don Hinkle, Tallahassee, FL

Mr. Gary Hirshberg, Concord, NH

Mrs. Andra Liemandt, Austin, TX

Mr. James Murray and Mrs. Bruce Randolph Murray, Keene, VA

Ms. Diana Shaw Clark, Washington, DC (London, England)

Amount Raised: $50,000-$100,000

Mrs. Ellen Richman and Mr. Richard Richman, Greenwich, CT

Mr. John Scully, San Francisco, CA

soundoff (68 Responses)
  1. cbr

    What have the other PACS promised to their big donors? This is the nature of politics in this country. Supporters do get invited to the White House. It has been done that way for a very long time. Give it up and find a more important issue.

    AT least we know the identities of his donors!

    March 15, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
    • GunnerGA

      I bundled over $200k for Clinton and I never got invited to a State Dinner. Many others did not as well. It is less about the money and more about the people and their connections.

      March 15, 2012 at 8:47 pm |
    • ﺶCHEﺶ

      Thanks for pointing this out.
      It tells you the writer of the above article have very little intelligence, coupled with very LOW IQ the shoe size of a midget mouse.
      It makes you wonder why an imbecile like this writer of this article should even have a job at CNN?
      As RACIST punk, he’s so hateful of Pres. Obama that he wishes no one contributes to his re-election campaign.
      Some dimwit by birth!

      March 15, 2012 at 10:12 pm |
      • Aces Full

        Racist punk, would that be like Jeremiah Wright, Obama's spiritual right hand man for 20 years?

        March 16, 2012 at 1:38 am |
      • crazyvermont

        you are funny but I guess looks aren't everything

        March 16, 2012 at 1:43 am |
    • Howard

      More one percenter, elitist pigs, helping the liar and chief buy his reelection !!!

      March 15, 2012 at 10:15 pm |
      • ﺶCHEﺶ

        It takes an impotent RACISTS Lying PIG like yourself to know.
        Hah! Eat your racist heart out.
        Pres. Obama WINS 2012.
        Also, stop raping your little grannies at nights. You're giving them STD and ruining their future in a peaceful world for them.
        I just rubbed it in.

        March 15, 2012 at 10:38 pm |
      • .

        Che es un bufon.

        March 16, 2012 at 7:26 am |
    • salliemae

      Obama loves his hollywood fools and tools.

      March 15, 2012 at 10:28 pm |
  2. ritmocojo

    "Mrs. Andra Liemandt, Austin, TX" Wow! A Texan. There might just be hope yet for Texas.

    March 15, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
  3. bamalibertarian

    Why is this even legal? Rewarding donors with a taxpayer-financed social function at the White House...

    March 15, 2012 at 4:57 pm |
    • jean2009

      Of course it is legal. George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and every past president has done the same thing.
      Don't you remember Rush Limbaugh spent a night in the Lincoln bedroom when George H. W. Bush was president?

      March 15, 2012 at 6:32 pm |
      • Name*Liz Carter

        Selective memories Jean, just like everything else they complain about. It's just that President Barack H Obama can't do it!! 'He's not the same'! 'He's a different kind'! A pack of racists biggots is all!! LOL!!

        March 15, 2012 at 6:54 pm |
      • hurryup 2012

        The difference is that Obama ran on the promise that he would be different.......just another liar.

        March 16, 2012 at 10:42 am |
    • JudicialPoliticalPosturingNotEthical

      It is not lawful.

      It is evidence of corruption – holding the American people out by our heads while they watch us fight to return our nation to morality. These names are some of the most insulting, disrespectful individuals that the press rewards and shoves a microphone in front of.

      But, mark my word, the American people will one day have had enough. And when that day comes, united we will have some of these on this list taken into custody and they will face prosecution before a Grand Jury for their corruption and hate crimes that they've carried out with no fear.

      March 15, 2012 at 8:36 pm |
      • takie

        If you voted for Obummer in 2008 to prove you aren't racist. Vote for someone else in 2012 to prove you aren't stupid.

        March 16, 2012 at 12:04 pm |
    • ﺶCHEﺶ

      Dummy, it’s legal and according to US Presidential protocol for years and ever since every white skin president was in office or as president of United States.
      RACISTS, it only becomes illegal in your racists mindset simply 'cos a Black man, in the name of Pres. Obama you hate so much is NOW the president of the United States.
      What the heck are you? Some pig with pea size brain cells?

      March 15, 2012 at 10:18 pm |
      • .

        Do you have visions of grandeur when you read about Che blowing innocent people's brains out for no good reason other than they disagreed with him and Castro?

        Crawl under a rock, you filthy phony moron.

        March 16, 2012 at 7:25 am |
  4. chris Omu

    So, what is the story here. Should he have invited Romney fund raisers instead?

    March 15, 2012 at 5:08 pm |
    • Name*Liz Carter

      The story is 'ANTAGONISM'!! The denied, hidden or covered foreword to the novel contains words like the N-word, the N-lover, hate, envy, elitist, snob, Messiah, Anti-Christ, celebrity, rock-star, divisive, class-warfare, Any-and Everything-In-Chief except Commander-in-Chief or President!! Except for MSNBC, just about ALL media out-let's have been non-traditionally inappropriately disrespectful, unprofessional, misrepresentational, controversial, divisive, instigational, demeaning, berational, and dismisive to this President of the United States, including CNN. I do have to say there are times they try to be 'Fair & Balanced', like Fox claims to be, but recently, oftentimes they've seemed to be talking to FOX audiences!! They are out to stir up firestorms too, against Obama!! It makes for what they think 'a good STORY'!! They don't seem to care that they are driving hate and even more misunderstanding and divisiveness in the nation!! Sometimes they certainly act like all the others, especially FOX!

      March 15, 2012 at 5:52 pm |
    • ﺶCHEﺶ

      Glad you asked. Now let's see if the writer and a coward of this article have nerves to answer your intellectual question.
      He's a RACISTS, idiotic GOP tool in the likes of David Gergen, Gloria Borger, John Fisher working at CNN without white pillow sheets over their ugly muffin face heads.

      March 15, 2012 at 10:25 pm |
      • .

        Do you get high when you read about Che blowing innocent people's brains out for no good reason other than they disagreed with him and Castro?

        Crawl under a rock, you filthy phony moron.

        March 16, 2012 at 7:25 am |
      • Daddy

        Why do you keep spelling "RACIST" wrong? There is no "S" at the end if you are talking about one racist. And why would you take the screen name of a murdering lunatic?

        March 16, 2012 at 8:55 am |
  5. jerry

    he has $250 million now well short of the billion he thinks he needs for reelection... many of his previous donators are giving big to Romney and the GOP... obama's popularity is in a nose dive and the GOP have not even began to campaign against him... latterly everything obama has touched is a mess and he is going to pay the price for that.

    March 15, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
    • Name*Liz Carter

      Yeah...You wish!

      March 15, 2012 at 5:55 pm |
    • chris Omu

      Which planet do you live in? You just turned the truth on its head. You are very pathetic!

      March 15, 2012 at 6:13 pm |
    • jean2009

      jerry wouldn't know truth if he tripped over it.

      March 15, 2012 at 6:25 pm |
    • ﺶCHEﺶ

      In your toothless trailer park dreams!
      It's hopeful to have a trailer park wish though. Hah, eat your evil trailer park heart out.
      Pres. Obama wins 2012!
      Mark my words. America will run out of tissues in Nov. 2012 for GOP Racists crying-babies and their low IQ tinfoil hat tea baggers.

      March 15, 2012 at 10:30 pm |
      • .

        Do you get your jollies when you read about Che blowing innocent people's brains out for no good reason other than they disagreed with him and Castro?

        Crawl under a rock, you filthy phony moron.

        March 16, 2012 at 7:23 am |
      • Che-Sucks

        Pretty much sounds like you are the racist. Another uneducated fool...Maybe you should contact Obama and see if he wants you on his team as he sprials down and out...Americans are waking up to his agenda. Che – Don't give up – maybe Chavez will take you. Idiots enjoy the company of like minded people. Keep smoking your crack...You are entertaining.

        March 16, 2012 at 8:02 am |
  6. suzibee

    GO OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 2012!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 15, 2012 at 7:22 pm |
  7. AMERICA 1st

    Nobama wasting my tax money on a dinner for fundraising! Why wasnt i invited since im helping to pay for it?

    March 15, 2012 at 8:25 pm |
    • Name*Liz Carter

      Because you don't really put America 1st!! You and the rest of your ILK put hate and supremacy first...and it shows!

      March 15, 2012 at 8:50 pm |
    • ﺶCHEﺶ

      Hey, you really sound like a backwoods juvenile.

      March 15, 2012 at 10:41 pm |
      • .

        Do you wish you could be the real Che when you read about him blowing innocent people's brains out for no good reason other than they disagreed with Fidel Castro?

        Crawl under a rock, you filthy phony moron.

        March 16, 2012 at 7:27 am |
  8. Matt

    Hollywood phonies, most of them love Barack Obama and liberal policy because, it is more controlling and intrusive in people's lives and these very rich people know this. They like Harvey Weinstein will never suffer from liberal tax increases or greater government over-reach like ObamaCare and union intervention. They have millions of dollars to get the best health care and taxes mean nothing to hypocrites like Harvey Weinstein. Harvey's money is well invested and protected, he lives in the biggest and best neighborhood in the world. Do you think he really cares that you are on welfare and live in the slums ? or that you are going to loose your home in foreclosure? or that you are being forced to join a union and be controlled by union members who take your money and prevent you from ever being wealthy like he is ? He supports Barack Obama because Weinstein knows deep down you and I are being more controlled by this government which will never control him because of his massive health.

    March 15, 2012 at 8:29 pm |
  9. JudicialPoliticalPosturingNotEthical

    Judge Barzun – impropriety, Sir.

    March 15, 2012 at 8:32 pm |
  10. mikle

    He going to show his accomplices in 17 minutes. His film of 17 minutes, this all change he did.

    March 15, 2012 at 8:34 pm |
  11. dunya

    Rush a supply of taxpayer viagra and a young dominican boy in lincolns bedroom blasphemy

    March 15, 2012 at 9:01 pm |
  12. Jerry

    This shameless president is selling the White House to the highest bidders. Instead of paying attention to the business of the nation, he is "schmoozing"/partying and extorting campaign funds from the same millionaires and lap dogs that he's always crucifying. With this president, hypocrisy knows no bounds.

    He feels this way: My money is my money; your money is also my money! Give it to me freely or I will take it by force.

    America, don't allow this divisive president and this moronic administration to continue to dismantle/destroy our beloved country. In 2012 vote wisely!!!

    March 15, 2012 at 9:06 pm |
    • Sayer

      Poor, delusional Jerry. You need help.

      March 15, 2012 at 9:17 pm |
      • .

        I think Jerry's got it right. You're the one who needs help, Sayer.

        Keep your part of the sidewalk warm. We'll fix it in November.

        March 16, 2012 at 7:21 am |
    • ObamaWins

      And you don't think the Reagans did! The Reagans were constantly giving parties for their high rolling friends from Bev Hills. Constantly spending money re decorating the White House. Pres Reagan took more vacations to his Calif Ranch on AFOne as he couldn't stand being cooped up in the White House weekends. Talk about spending $$$!
      Doesn't anyone get it. All presidents do this.

      March 16, 2012 at 1:54 am |
  13. Tailgator

    Where were the Occupy people. They couuld have protested in front of a lot of 1%ers having dinner at the White House..

    March 15, 2012 at 9:10 pm |
    • .

      They couldn't get to Washington because the price of gas is higher than they are.

      March 16, 2012 at 7:20 am |
  14. Jerry

    Tailgator, don't forget, you should not bite the hand that feeds you. Do you really think O(Obama)ccupy pot heads are that stupid?! On the other hand, one or two may have been invited for appearances sake.

    March 15, 2012 at 9:18 pm |
  15. Matt

    Barack Obama must be defeated in November. He is taking the country in the wrong direction fiscally and socially. He has CNN, ABC, NBC and CBS all on his side and they are going to spin the news in Barack Obama's favor. How anyone can say this president is doing good for hard working, law obeying citizens is truly a mystery ?

    March 15, 2012 at 9:22 pm |
    • I'mJustSaying

      Matt you just named all of the news stations but fox, so how is everybody in the media wrong but the majority agrees. please explain

      March 16, 2012 at 11:03 am |
  16. victoria


    March 15, 2012 at 10:39 pm |
  17. Sagebrush Shorty

    He didn't invite me and I sent him 25 cents along with a note saying that he could use it to call someone who cares.

    March 15, 2012 at 10:43 pm |
  18. T Pipe

    I just noticed something here, if I am against President Obama........I am a racist, bigot redneck. If I was against President Bush...........I am a educated, caring, useful memeber of society.

    March 15, 2012 at 10:54 pm |
  19. Mike500

    Clinton sold stays in the White House for contributions, now Obama continues the fine Democratic tradition.

    March 15, 2012 at 11:29 pm |
  20. Allen Gibson

    WOW How much money does Obama need? If Ron Paul gets the nominee and he probably will, Obama will never have enough money to compete with Snoop Dogg beeyatch

    March 15, 2012 at 11:39 pm |
  21. rose

    Tailgator shut up...

    March 16, 2012 at 12:28 am |
  22. ObamaWins

    The Ronald Reagans spent more more money decorating the White House, giving glitzy parties, spending a fortune in decorating, then any other president ever did. Nancy Reagan was know for her glitzy parties, with all of their high rollers from Hollywood.
    Please do your research.

    March 16, 2012 at 1:50 am |
  23. Mama Charles

    Just reading some of these messages help me to understand why our children are so angery. The amount of growing hate in America today is out of control. We need to understand this Presidentalrace is about saving our nation as a whole or letting it fall to our outsidde and inside enemies. God has blessed usand if we just wont turn from our evil ways He can and will withdraw His handof mercy. Wake up and grow up or suffer the fate of the Roman Empire.

    March 16, 2012 at 1:50 am |
  24. mike

    A list of 1%ers. There a re a load of OWS turds in DC. Um, where you people at protesting these people that supposledly make you all angry and mad? The park you are in is a stones through from the WH. Get your butts over there.

    March 16, 2012 at 7:14 am |
  25. .

    The One Percenters who support Obama sleep comfortably in their nice warm beds while the useful idiot occutards defecate on the sidewalk and then pitch their tents on the pile of poo they just made.

    The idiocracy at work.

    March 16, 2012 at 7:18 am |
  26. Free Man in The Republic of Texas

    Joe Biden looks great in his tux hanging out with the Hollywood "1%" eating a meal paid for by working tax payers. Just remember that he will fight for you!!! LOL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 16, 2012 at 7:43 am |
  27. dew

    i don't see the names of the mexican cartels on the list.

    March 16, 2012 at 9:39 am |
  28. Bob

    Everyone is missing the whole point here. It doesn't matter who the president is. No sitting president should be hosting a state dinner that the taxpayers are paying for and invite all their fund raising cronies. As said earlier 1 percent of society is being invited to a dinner that we are paying for.

    March 16, 2012 at 10:11 am |
  29. Jersey Bill

    The man of the people? The champion of the little guy? Kissing the butts of rich people who dont pay their fair share? Hmmmm.

    March 16, 2012 at 10:31 am |
  30. Jim

    CNN reports; we decide. Had this been about George Bush, CNN might have implied that it was wrong to reward political contributors with government access or benefits. In fact, these political paybacks were so bad during George Bush's administration that – try as he might – President Obama has not yet been able to break our government free from these evil ways.

    March 16, 2012 at 10:57 am |
  31. thedude

    Funny thing, CNN uses terms like "Obama fundraisers" and "wealthy donors" to describe democrats.

    To describe others they use terms like "evil rich fatcat republicans."

    March 16, 2012 at 11:24 am |
  32. Mr. Moderate

    How about a little context? Is this common among Presidents? (probably) Did he invite more than his predecessors? Was there a proven quid pro quo? Kind of funny for an outlet so allegedly in the tank for Obama to imply something is amiss.

    March 16, 2012 at 3:01 pm |
  33. Kmb

    At the end if the day, he really does love people with lots and lots of money.

    March 17, 2012 at 5:52 pm |