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How much will California fundraisers bundle for Obama?

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The next federal deadline for candidates to submit their campaign finance reports will be upon us at the end of this week, and in this quarterly ritual of political posturing, it seems President Barack Obama is flexing the biggest fundraising muscles by far.

Obama’s campaign manager, Jim Messina, announced yesterday that the president raised $86 million during the last three months, combining his own campaign and joint efforts with the Democratic National Committee. Obama’s fundraising filing is expected to total 15,000 pages – about 5 feet tall when stacked together.

By comparison, the entire field of Republican challengers is expected to raise less than $35 million, with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney expected to maintain his fundraising advantage.

We’ve spent some time over the last couple of weeks talking about how friendly California has been to Romney and his fellow Republicans. But perhaps nobody has benefited more from Californians’ largesse than Obama.

During his 2008 campaign, 97 wealthy Californians served as bundlers for Obama, helping pull together at least $15 million – and probably much more. California was easily Obama’s largest source of bundled cash, just a few million less than New York and his home state of Illinois combined.

Bundlers typically are wealthy, well-connected donors who collect campaign contributions from close friends and associates and deliver them to a candidate as a bundle. The arrangement allows a donor to present more money to a candidate than campaign contribution limits typically would allow.

Many of Obama’s bundlers later were rewarded with plum appointments, stimulus money or other perks, according to published reports.

As he did during the last election, Obama has promised to once again release a list of campaign bundlers along with the campaign’s second-quarter fundraising reports.

The willingness of California bundlers to fundraise with their same 2008 zeal should become more clear as those reports are released. Several big donors, such as movie executives Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen, already have held fundraisers for the president within the last year.

A complete list of Obama’s California bundlers from 2008 follows. We’ll be keeping track to see which ones are back for another round this year.

The data comes from the Center for Responsive Politics, which saved Obama’s bundling reports from the 2008 campaign. Disclosing bundlers is not required by law, so the campaign disclosed the bundled contributions only in ranges.

Name     Min     Max City     State     Employer    
Katzenberg, Jeffrey $500,000   Los Angeles CA DreamWorks SKG
Geffen, David $500,000   Malibu CA DreamWorks SKG
Gorenberg, Mark & Wanderman, Wendy $500,000   San Francisco CA Hummer Winblad Venture Partners
Donahoe, Eileen $500,000   Portola Valley CA Center for Intl Security & Cooperation
Bleich, Jeff $500,000   Piedmont CA Munger, Tolles & Olson
Rivkin, Charlie $500,000   Los Angeles CA Wild Brain
Roos, John $500,000   Hillsborough CA Wilson, Sonsini et al
Spinner, Steve $500,000   Menlo Park CA Sports Potential
Avant, Nicole $500,000   Los Angeles CA Interior Music Corp
West, Tony $500,000   Oakland CA Morrison & Foerster
Forester, Christine $500,000   San Diego CA  
Westly, Steve $500,000   Atherton CA Westly Group
Fox, Daveen & Alan $200,000 $500,000 Studio City CA ACF Property Management
Spalding, Helen $200,000 $500,000 San Francisco CA Kearny Venture Pastures
Randlett, Wade $200,000 $500,000 San Francisco CA Dashboard Technology
Emanuel, Ari $200,000 $500,000 Los Angeles CA Endeavor Agency
Lynton, Michael & Jamie $200,000 $500,000 Los Angeles CA Sony Corp of America
Goldman, Doug $200,000 $500,000 San Francisco CA Certain Software
Weiss, Daniel $200,000 $500,000 Los Angeles CA Angeleno Group
Lawson, Mattie & Michael $200,000 $500,000 Los Angeles CA Skadden, Arps et al
Koppelman, Nancy $200,000 $500,000 Santa Barbara CA Retired
Merksamer, Jon $200,000 $500,000 Sacramento CA Devons Jewelers
Hamamoto, Pam $200,000 $500,000 Tiburon CA  
Byrd, Owen $200,000 $500,000 Palo Alto CA Greenbelt Alliance
Parker, Yolonda $200,000 $500,000 Los Angeles CA KMS
Perdue, Jonathan $200,000 $500,000 Mill Valley CA  
Bauer, Denise $200,000 $500,000 Belvedere CA Latham & Watkins
Harper, Hill $200,000 $500,000 Los Angeles CA CBS Corp
Draper, Becky $200,000 $500,000 San Francisco CA  
Orrick, Bill $200,000 $500,000 San Francisco CA  
Scully, John $200,000 $500,000 Sausalito CA  
Isaacs, Ian $200,000 $500,000 Piedmont CA  
Kennedy, Lena $200,000 $500,000 Pasadena CA  
Chun, Marisa $200,000 $500,000 San Francisco CA  
Thompson, Sandi $200,000 $500,000 Woodside CA  
Rosenbloom, Skip $200,000 $500,000 Sacramento CA  
Meyer, Kelly $100,000 $200,000 Malibu CA Universal Studios
Rising, Nelson $100,000 $200,000 Los Angeles CA Rising Realty Partners
Hickey, Doug $100,000 $200,000 San Francisco CA Hummer Winblad Venture Partners
Calabrese, Joe $100,000 $200,000 Los Angeles CA O'Melveny & Myers
Waldman, Ayelet $100,000 $200,000 Berkeley CA Writer
Maddox, Kerman $100,000 $200,000 Los Angeles CA Dakota Communications
Medavoy, Irena & Mike $100,000 $200,000 Los Angeles CA Phoenix Pictures
Rice, Zeb $100,000 $200,000 Los Angeles CA Angeleno Group
Goldman, Jill $100,000 $200,000 Los Angeles CA  
Helmer, Greg $100,000 $200,000 Los Angeles CA Gregory D Helmer P.C.
Solomon, Ken $100,000 $200,000 Los Angeles CA Tennis Channel
Bender, Lawrence $100,000 $200,000 Los Angeles CA Lawrence Bender Productions
Fisher, David & Marianna $100,000 $200,000 Los Angeles CA Psychoanalyst
Hines, Crystal $100,000 $200,000 Los Angeles CA  
Lazarus, Eddie $100,000 $200,000 Los Angeles CA  
Paquette, Eric $100,000 $200,000 Los Angeles CA  
Goldring, Fred $100,000 $200,000 Los Angeles CA  
Vein, Jon & Ellen $100,000 $200,000 Los Angeles CA  
Emerson, John $100,000 $200,000 Los Angeles CA  
Unterman, Tom $100,000 $200,000 Los Angeles CA  
Toy, Stan $100,000 $200,000 Los Angeles CA  
McInerney, Tom $100,000 $200,000 San Anselmo CA  
McCullough, Nancy $100,000 $200,000 Los Angeles CA  
Riva, Wendy $100,000 $200,000 Los Angeles CA  
McKeever, Candace $100,000 $200,000 Los Angeles CA  
Gibbs, Geoff $100,000 $200,000 Oakland CA  
Palevsky, Max $50,000 $100,000 Los Angeles CA  
Rothman, Tom $50,000 $100,000 Los Angeles CA Fox Filmed Entertainment
Lassiter, James $50,000 $100,000 Los Angeles CA Overbrook Entertainment
Evans, Jodie $50,000 $100,000 Los Angeles CA Code Pink
Streeter, Jon $50,000 $100,000 Berkeley CA Keker & Van Nest
Weinstein, Paula $50,000 $100,000 Los Angeles CA Spring Creek Productions
Davis, Stephen $50,000 $100,000 San Francisco CA Vista Equity Partners
Spahn, Andy $50,000 $100,000 Los Angeles CA Andy Spahn & Assoc
Garcia, Pete $50,000 $100,000 Palo Alto CA Nanosys
Glickman, Jon $50,000 $100,000 Los Angeles CA Spyglass Entertainment
Gilhuly, Peter $50,000 $100,000 Los Angeles CA Latham & Watkins
Denenberg, Jamie $50,000 $100,000 Los Angeles CA Overture Films
Mangold, James $50,000 $100,000 Los Angeles CA  
Casher, Eric $50,000 $100,000 Berkeley CA  
Roth, Joe $50,000 $100,000 Los Angeles CA  
Cotchett, Joe $50,000 $100,000 Hillsborough CA  
Wiatt, Jim $50,000 $100,000 Beverly Hills CA  
Reid, Alan $50,000 $100,000 San Francisco CA  
Mehran, Alex $50,000 $100,000 San Francsico CA  
Porter, Barry $50,000 $100,000 Los Angeles CA  
Levin, Bill $50,000 $100,000 Moss Beach CA  
Jordan, Wayne $50,000 $100,000 Piedmont CA  
Burris, John $50,000 $100,000 Oakland CA  
Dolgen, David $50,000 $100,000 San Diego CA  
Anderson, Jeff $50,000 $100,000 San Francisco CA  
Barbaro, Frank $50,000 $100,000 Los Angeles CA  
Farese, Nancy $50,000 $100,000 Kentfield CA  
O'Connor, Lora $50,000 $100,000 Los Angeles CA  
Maxey, Ken $50,000 $100,000 Los Angeles CA  
Tsakapolous, Kyriakos $50,000 $100,000 Sacramento CA  
O'Brien, Chris $50,000 $100,000 Los Angeles CA  
Rey, Joyce $50,000 $100,000 Los Angeles CA  
Walker-Pearlman, Jordan $50,000 $100,000 Los Angeles CA  
Fisher, Peter $50,000 $100,000 Los Angeles CA  
Friedman, Rob $50,000 $100,000 Los Angeles CA  


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