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California bundlers give more to Obama this time

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With more than eight months to go before Election Day, California bundlers already might have rounded up more money for President Barack Obama's re-election bid than they did during the entire 2008 campaign, according to data compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics.

Voluntary disclosures by the Obama campaign show that as of late January, Obama's California bundlers had raised at least $17.8 million, compared with just more than $15 million during the 2008 campaign. Seventeen of them have given at least $500,000 this cycle, compared with 12 in 2008.

Bundled contributions are disclosed in dollar ranges, so the precise amount bundlers raised is unclear.

Still, the sharp increase in bundled contributions further suggests that donors' growing comfort with indirect political giving is quickly driving this year's presidential race to be the most expensive in history.

Among the high-profile names on this year's bundling list are DreamWorks executive Jeffrey Katzenberg and Salesforce.com executive Marc Benioff, both of whom bundled at least $500,000 in 2008 before doing the same during this cycle.

Energy executive Steve Spinner also has bundled $500,000 for a second time. After serving as a top fundraiser during Obama's 2008 campaign, he was appointed to a position in the U.S. Department of Energy, where he played a key role in the controversial loan guarantee to solar panel manufacturing company Solyndra, which has since declared bankruptcy.

Other big-name Californians who have bundled for Obama this year include actress Eva Longoria, who has bundled between $250,000 and $500,000; Hollywood agent Ari Emanuel, brother of former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, who bundled between $100,000 and $200,000; and former State Controller and gubernatorial candidate Steve Westly, who bundled between $250,00 and $500,000.

A complete list of 2012 California bundlers follows below:

$500,000.00   Katzenberg, Jeffrey Los Angeles CA DreamWorks SKG
$500,000.00   Randlett, Wade and Lorna San Francisco CA Nextfuels Inc
$500,000.00   Benioff, Marc San Francisco CA Salesforce.Com
$500,000.00   Hickey, Doug San Francisco CA Hummer Winblad Venture Partners
$500,000.00   Emerson, John Los Angeles CA Capital Group
$500,000.00   Raji, Azita Belvedere CA Investor
$500,000.00   Mamet, Noah Los Angeles CA Noah Mamet & Assoc
$500,000.00   Solomon, Ken Los Angeles CA Tennis Channel
$500,000.00   Kennedy, Lena Pasadena CA LI Kennedy & Assoc
$500,000.00   Perlman and Karas, Dana and Barry Los Angeles CA Perlman & Assoc/Actor
$500,000.00   Smith and Costos, Michael and James Los Angeles CA Michael S Smith Inc/HBO
$500,000.00   Spahn, Andy Los Angeles CA DreamWorks SKG
$500,000.00   Spinner, Steve Menlo Park CA Sports Potential
$500,000.00   Hamamoto, Pam Tiburon CA Retired
$500,000.00   Bauer, Denise San Francisco CA Retired
$500,000.00   Buell, Justin San Francisco CA John Kerry for President
$500,000.00   Forester, Christine La Jolla CA Catalyst Business Marketing
$200,000.00 $500,000.00 Goldman, Doug and Lisa San Francisco CA Certain Software Inc
$200,000.00 $500,000.00 Jordan, Wayne Oakland CA Jordan Real Estate Investments
$200,000.00 $500,000.00 Thompson, Sandi Woodside CA Fenwick & West
$200,000.00 $500,000.00 Bell, Colleen Los Angeles CA Writer
$200,000.00 $500,000.00 Friedkin, Amy San Francisco CA Friedkin-Becker Real Estate
$200,000.00 $500,000.00 Westly, Steve Menlo Park CA Westly Group
$200,000.00 $500,000.00 Paul, Gary Los Angeles CA Waters & Kraus
$200,000.00 $500,000.00 Lynton, Elizabeth Alter (Jamie) Los Angeles CA Sony Pictures Entertainment
$200,000.00 $500,000.00 Draper, Becky San Francisco CA Investments
$200,000.00 $500,000.00 Lassiter, Mai Los Angeles CA Overbrook Entertainment
$200,000.00 $500,000.00 Lawson, Michael Los Angeles CA Skadden, Arps et al
$200,000.00 $500,000.00 Levine, Mel Pacific Palisades CA Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher
$200,000.00 $500,000.00 Lee, Brian Los Angeles CA Legalzoom.Com
$200,000.00 $500,000.00 Levinson, Kathy Los Altos CA Consultant
$200,000.00 $500,000.00 Hashemi, Noosheen Menlo Park CA The H.A.N.D. Foundation
$200,000.00 $500,000.00 Keller, Janet Laguna Beach CA Consultant
$200,000.00 $500,000.00 Razdan Duggal, Shefali San Francisco CA Self-Employed
$200,000.00 $500,000.00 Kong, Michael Los Angeles CA Headway Project
$200,000.00 $500,000.00 Eccles, Leni Belvedere CA Retired
$200,000.00 $500,000.00 Rueff, Rusty Hillsborough CA Self-Employed
$200,000.00 $500,000.00 Longoria, Eva Los Angeles CA Actress
$200,000.00 $500,000.00 Pishevar, Shervin Palo Alto CA Menlo Ventures
$200,000.00 $500,000.00 Hamilton, Carol Beverly Hills CA Santa Monica College
$200,000.00 $500,000.00 Zinn, Catherine San Francisco CA DLA Piper
$200,000.00 $500,000.00 Kraus, Michelle Palo Alto CA Digital Campaigns
$200,000.00 $500,000.00 Hanson, Craig Menlo Park CA Next World Capital
$200,000.00 $500,000.00 Nix-Hines, Crystal Canoga Park CA Attorney
$100,000.00 $200,000.00 Meyer, Kelly Malibu CA Universal Studios
$100,000.00 $200,000.00 Rising, Nelson La Canada CA Maguire Properties
$100,000.00 $200,000.00 Avant, Clarence Beverly Hills CA Interior Music
$100,000.00 $200,000.00 Emanuel, Ari Beverly Hills CA William Morris Endeavor Entertainment
$100,000.00 $200,000.00 Gorenberg and Wanderman, Mark and Wendy San Francisco CA Hummer Winblad Venture Partners
$100,000.00 $200,000.00 Myers, Steven Corona del Mar CA Dolphin Capital Holdings
$100,000.00 $200,000.00 Warschaw, Hope Santa Monica CA Warland Investments
$100,000.00 $200,000.00 Lynton, Michael Los Angeles CA Sony Pictures Entertainment
$100,000.00 $200,000.00 Mayer, Marissa San Francisco CA Google Inc
$100,000.00 $200,000.00 Calabrese, Joe Los Angeles CA O'Melveny & Myers
$100,000.00 $200,000.00 Grasseschi, Barbara Healdsburg CA Puma Springs Vineyards
$100,000.00 $200,000.00 McFadden-Lawson, Mattie Los Angeles CA MML Design Group
$100,000.00 $200,000.00 Carter, Rebecca Los Angeles CA Coalition Media Group
$100,000.00 $200,000.00 Maddox, Kerman Los Angeles CA Dakota Communications
$100,000.00 $200,000.00 Slingerland, Dixon Los Angeles CA Youth Policy Institute
$100,000.00 $200,000.00 Park, Catherine Santa Monica CA Self-Employed
$100,000.00 $200,000.00 McLain, Thomas Los Angeles CA Arnold & Porter
$100,000.00 $200,000.00 Parker, Yolanda Los Angeles CA KMS Software
$100,000.00 $200,000.00 Zuberi, Imaad Arcadia CA Avenue Ventures
$100,000.00 $200,000.00 Lemke-von Ammon, Derek Yountville CA FT Ventures
$100,000.00 $200,000.00 Griffin, Chad Beverly Hills CA Chad Griffin Consulting
$100,000.00 $200,000.00 Scott, Shonda Oakland CA Total Concept
$100,000.00 $200,000.00 Millman, Samantha Beverly Hills CA MiLLCo Investments
$100,000.00 $200,000.00 Gamble Boyer, Terry San Francisco CA Writer
$100,000.00 $200,000.00 Davis, Stephen San Francisco CA Vista Equity Partners
$100,000.00 $200,000.00 Fernandez, Giselle Los Angeles CA TV Journalist
$100,000.00 $200,000.00 Young, Chris Oakland CA Morrison & Foerster
$50,000.00 $100,000.00 Steyer, Tom San Francisco CA Farallon Capital Management
$50,000.00 $100,000.00 Unterman, Thomas Pacific Palisades CA Rustic Canyon Partners
$50,000.00 $100,000.00 Bonnie, Shelby San Francisco CA Whiskey Media
$50,000.00 $100,000.00 Scully, John Mill Valley CA Spo Partners & Co
$50,000.00 $100,000.00 Levin, Bill Sausalito CA Levin, Simes et al
$50,000.00 $100,000.00 Ortiz, Rafael San Francisco CA Nextag Inc
$50,000.00 $100,000.00 Isaacs, Rita Piedmont CA Merlin Securities
$50,000.00 $100,000.00 Friedman, Mark Sacramento CA Fulcrom Capital Corp
$50,000.00 $100,000.00 Burgstone, Jonathan San Francisco CA Symbol Capital LLC
$50,000.00 $100,000.00 Rey, Joyce Beverly Hills CA Coldwell Banker Previews
$50,000.00 $100,000.00 Kramer, Terry Piedmont CA Investor
$50,000.00 $100,000.00 Hostovich, Teena La Canada CA Lockton Co
$50,000.00 $100,000.00 Hamilton, Ann Pasadena CA Self-employed
$50,000.00 $100,000.00 Schram, John San Francisco CA Retired
$50,000.00 $100,000.00 Kaplan, Jonathan San Francisco CA The Melt Restaurant
$50,000.00 $100,000.00 Weiss, Daniel Los Angeles CA Angeleno Group
$50,000.00 $100,000.00 Wolf, David Long Beach CA Screenwriter
$50,000.00 $100,000.00 Cutter, Brooks Sacramento CA Kershaw, Cutter & Ratinoff
$50,000.00 $100,000.00 Collins, Shelly Kapoor San Francisco CA Enscient
$50,000.00 $100,000.00 Becker, Josh Menlo Park CA New Cycle Capital
$50,000.00 $100,000.00 Tankha, Kavita Los Altos Hills CA Attorney
$50,000.00 $100,000.00 Anders, Michael San Francisco CA Goldman Sachs
$50,000.00 $100,000.00 Casher, Eric San Francisco CA Meyers Nave
$50,000.00 $100,000.00 Sargent, Todd Los Angeles CA Hitachi Consulting


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