Karen Ocamb

Perlman & Karas Top LGBT Money Bundlers for Obama

Filed By Karen Ocamb | October 25, 2011 10:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: Andy Tobias, Barry Karas, Chad Griffin, Charles Myers, Dana Perlman, Eugene Sepulveda, Fred Eychaner, Jeff Soref, Kathy Levinson, Kevin Jennings, Laura Ricketts, Paul Horning, President Obama, re-election campaign, Terry Bean, top bundlers, Wally Brewster

The Center for Responsible Politics' OpenSecretsblog posted a story on Friday about LGBTs who have bundled "big money" for President Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign. Among them are Los Angeles gay fundraisers Dana Perlman, who sits on the board of the Human Rights Campaign, and Barry Karas, a former HRC board member. (The New York Times has a larger story, mentioning other bundlers such as Hollywood heavyweight Jeffrey Katzenberg.)

Obama bundler Dana Perlman (rt) with Courage Campaign founder Rick Jacobs at a party Jacobs threw for White House Social Secretary Jeremy Bernard (Photo by Karen Ocamb)

The blog previously reported that:

more than 350 bundlers have collectively raised at least $56 million for Obama and the Democratic National Committee – the equivalent of $1 out of every $3 the two organizations have raised. And at least $2.7 million of that sum has come from 12 prominent gay and lesbian advocates, according to research by the Center for Responsive Politics. That’s nearly 5 percent of the money all of Obama’s bundlers have raised.

OpenSecretsblog notes that "the Obama campaign is the only presidential campaign that currently voluntarily releases information about all of its bundlers." But that transparency is limited - providing, for instance, "only a broad range of how much money each bundler has raised such as 'between $50,000 and $100,000' or 'more than $500,000.'"

Here are the gays and lesbians OpenSecret dubs as some of Obama's LGBT "rainmakers:"

  • Charles Myers, of Evercore Partners, who has bundled at least $500,000
  • Eugene Sepulveda, of Austin, Texas, who bundled at least $500,000
  • Andrew Tobias, a writer and treasurer of the DNC, who bundled at least $500,000
  • Dana Perlman and Barry Karas, of Los Angeles, who bundled at least $500,000
  • Wally Brewster and Bob Satawake, of Chicago, who bundled at least $100,000
  • Terry Bean, of Portland, Ore., who bundled at least $200,000
  • Kathy Levinson, former president and CEO of E-trade, who bundled at least $200,000
  • Laura Ricketts, of Ecotravel LLC in Chicago, who bundled at least $100,000
  • Jeff Soref, of New York, who bundled at least $100,000
  • Fred Eychaner, of Chicago, who bundled at least $50,000
  • Paul Horning, of Atlanta, who bundled at least $50,000
  • Kevin Jennings, the former Department of Education official, who bundled at least 50,000

The Advocate’s Andrew Harmon and Michelle Garcia also posted a piece Monday morning on “Obama’s Power Gays” which includes LA-based Chad Griffin, co-founder of the American Foundation for Equal Rights.

(Crossposted at LGBT POV)

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