Clinton donors give big to Obama, but not the other way 'round
Several of Hillary Clinton's large-sum donors have now hopped onto Barack Obama's armored truck -- not just by giving merely the $2,300 individual maximum to the Illinois senator's presidential campaign.
Instead, they're shelling over far more to a special Democratic account that'll be able to spend unlimited sums to help Obama in the fall, according to a Los Angeles Times analysis by Dan Morain.
That's in addition to the $1.6 million The Times identified earlier this week in donations from Clinton donors to Obama in June.
However, it wasn't a two-way street last month. Obama's donors gave Clinton a mere $105,000 in June, despite a plea from Obama that his high-roller donors help retire her $22 million in campaign debts.
In June, Clinton donors gave $1.53 million to the Obama Victory Fund, established by Obama and the Democratic Party to raise money far in excess of the $2,300 that individuals can give to a presidential candidate. By law, the fund can receive high five-figure checks and divvy them up among various other Obama-related committees.
In fact, 64 high-end donors gave almost $1.4 million in chunks of $5,000 or more and and 36 gave $28,500 or more.
The $28,500 donors include several Clinton loyalists such as Los Angeles investor Marc Nathanson, his wife, Jane, Lynda Resnick, and John Emerson, a former Clinton White House official. Emerson helped arrange the massive Obama fundraiser last month at the Music Center.
Some gave even more. Joann Nathan of Chicago had given $4,600 to Clinton's presidential campaign, and donated $33,100 to Obama Victory last month, as did Norma Funger of Potomac, Md.
-- Andrew Malcolm
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