DENVER—With a little more than six months remaining until the November 2012 election, the Center for Responsive Politics reports that five donors in the state, including some of Colorado’s most prolific political contributors, have bundled nearly $1.5 million for President Barack Obama’s reelection.
This figure is almost double the amount contributed in 2008, when then-Sen. Obama sought and won the Democratic Party nomination.
CRP’s estimates draw on Federal Election Commission data that runs through April 21, 2012. More than 500 elite donors, known as “bundlers” for delivering checks from their friends after reaching their personal contribution limits, have given more than $106,000,000 this cycle, with the money split between Obama’s campaign and Democratic National Committee efforts, CRP reports.
Of the $1,481,000 donated so far, Gill Foundation founder Tim Gill has chipped in $672,800. Gill’s itemized contributions, all donated in 2011, include $10,000 to the Democratic Party of Colorado and $30,800 to DNC Services. Other big-ticket bundlers include lobbyist David Kenney of The Kenney Group at $204,000 and Steve Farber of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, at $197,226.
While Kenney has, like Gill, contributed significantly to the DNC, he has also targeted at least $11,000 to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
Farber, on the other hand, has spread his donations in smaller amounts directly to multiple candidates, including House Minority Leader Sal Pace (D-Pueblo), who is challenging Rep. Scott Tipton in the 3rd Congressional District. He has also sent smaller checks to incumbents like Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-FL) and Reps. Ed Perlmutter and Diana DeGette.
In 2008, CRP reported bundling for Obama at a little more than $750,000, divided over 11 Colorado donors. Just three of those donors bundled more than $100,000 each in that cycle.
Total bundling for Obama in 2008 came in at more than $76 million, with Republican nominee Sen. John McCain listing bundling of just slightly less than $76 million.
Because FEC rules only apply directly to registered lobbyists, both Obama and McCain voluntarily agreed to disclose bundlers who contributed in excess of $50,000 during the 2008 election cycle. Obama has elected to disclose his bundlers again during the 2012 election, but currently none of the Republican primary candidates, including frontrunner Mitt Romney, have decided to disclose their own bundler lists as of the middle of this month.