The list: who gave to Obama’s new political non-profit
(Updated: 6:44 p.m. ET)
Organizing for Action, the committee formerly known as Obama for America, released its first list of donors today, inconveniently organized alphabetically on 26 separate pages.
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The list includes some familiar names. Half of the two dozen donors who gave at least $10,000 to OFA were major Obama bundlers — collecting more than $500,000 each — for the president's reelection campaign last year. A list of the bundler donors is here. The $10,000+ club represented 27 percent of OFA's haul in the first quarter.
Even so, OFA's executive director, Jon Carson, in an email to supporters, emphasized that the group was "grassroots-funded" and that the average contribution from its more-than 100,000 donors was $44 to fight the "special interests on the other side."
Three donors contributed over $100,000 to OFA.
The most generous: Philip Munger of New York, at $250,000. This is likely the son of Charles T. Munger, the billionaire who serves as the chief deputy to Warren Buffett as his investment firm Berkshire Hathaway. The younger Munger has contributed about $1.5 million to political candidates in the past, according to Influence Explorer, including nearly $1 million in the recent election cycle, most of which went to the Ohio Democratic Party.
The next biggest contributor, at $125,000, is Levi Strauss heir John Goldman. Appointed to the president's Advisory Committee on the Arts, Goldman during the 2012 campaign cycle gave $100,000 to Priorities USA, a super PAC supporting Obama in the last election. It was also Goldman who held a fundraiser earlier this month at his home for the Democratic Natonal Committee. Obama attended the event. The San Francisco resident used to be the CEO of the insurance brokerage firm Richard N. Goldman Co., named for his late father.
The other $125,000 donor, also from the Bay Area, is Nicola Miner, the daugher of Robert Miner, the late co-founder of the tech company Oracle. Miner works in real estate and contributed nearly $150,000 to Democratic candidates and pro-Democratic committees in the last election cycle.
From the Los Angeles area, private equity and venture capital executive Imaad Zuberi, who also serves on Organizing for Action's board of directors, chipped in $50,000. Zuberi was a national co-chair for Obama's National Finance Committee, a group of its wealthiest donors and bundlers.
Another noteworthy high-dollar donor is New York hedge fund executive Orin Kramer, who reportedly attended the group's inaugural dinner with the president in March and was an leading money bundler for Obama during his first presidential run.
Donald Sussman, the hedge fund executive and husband of Democratic congresswoman Chellie Pingree of Maine, contributed $50,000. He gave about $2.5 million to candidates and committees for the 2012 elections, including more than $1.3 million to super PACs.
Other large donors are Frank White, who was a co-chair of the president's 2013 inauguration and a former member of the National Advisory Committee on Minority Business Enterprises, Andrew Tobias, the treasurer of the Democratic National Committee, and Richard Harpootlian, the chair of the South Carolina Democratic Party, who contributed $10,000.
The lone organization among the high-dollar donors: the National Education Association, one of the nation's leading teachers' unions. It contributed $15,466.