Politics & Government

Eighty-five bundlers each raise more than $100K for Clinton

Hillary Clinton got a boost from 85 volunteer fundraisers or bundlers who each collected more than $100,000 for her presidential campaign during the last three months, her campaign announced Thursday.

The list includes many familiar names to Democratic politics, including Vogue editor Anna Wintour; John Zaccaro Jr., son of unsuccessful Democratic vice presidential candidate Gerraldine Ferraro; Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine; Erskine Boyce Bowles , former chief of staff to Bill Clinton; Virginia Rep. Don Beyer and his wife, Megan; and Raj Fernando, CEO of Chopper Trading, a high-frequency trading firm.

A dozen federal lobbyists collected more than $1 million for Clinton, according to FEC forms campaigns are required to file for registered lobbyists.

Barack Obama banned contributions in his presidential races from political action committees, lobbyists and agents who represent other countries but are U.S. citizens. This time around, no presidential candidate, including Clinton, has agreed to any self-imposed prohibitions.

In total, Clinton raised more than $28 million for her primary campaign in July, August and September, according to forms she filed with the Federal Elections Commission Thursday. It’s the largest off-year third quarter ever for a non-incumbent. She had nearly $33 million in the bank as of Sept. 30, the final day of the fundraising quarter, more than any other candidate in either party.

Clinton’s campaign says it raised more than $5 million during the quarter in contributions of $200 or less, and 93 percent of the donations were $100 or less. More than 60 percent of the campaign’s donors were from women.

It has now has received more than 600,000 contributions from nearly 400,000 individual donors to date, according to the campaign.

“These numbers are a testament to broad support for Hillary Clinton’s vision for America and her plans to create rising incomes and middle class growth,” Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook said. “Thanks to the support of all of our donors, we are on track to hit our goal of $100 million during the primary, which will set us up to reach more voters, organize them, and make Hillary Clinton the Democratic nominee in 2016.”

Clinton is the only Democratic candidate to release the names of her bundlers. Republican Jeb Bush is releasing his bundlers this quarter for the first time.

In total, she has collected money from 210 bundlers who collected more than $100,000 during the first quarter she was in the race. Her chief rival, Bernie Sanders, has pledged not to accept support from any of the political action committees that can raise unlimited sums from corporations, unions, associations and individuals.

Clinton raised a $47 million during the first quarter, a record amount of money during a primary in a candidate’s first quarter.

She has been working to raise $100 million this year for the primaries, which is similar to what Obama raised in 2007 and 2011. Even if she clinches the Democratic nomination early, she can still only spend primary money until she’s formally nominated by the Democratic National Convention in July 2016.

Four others are running for the Democratic nomination, Sen. Bernie Sanders, former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee and former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb.

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