Fortune takes a look at where CEOs are turning this presidential race — and some of the most interesting examples come from former Bush fund-raisers who are now for Hillary Clinton. Among them is Morgan Stanley CEO John Mack, a former Bush "Ranger" who is backing her bid and declared "early support is better support."
I’ve learned that Mack is putting his money where his mouth is. He’s hosting a $1,000-per-person fund-raiser at Morgan Stanley on July 16, telling potential donors that Clinton has proven her ability to "reach across the aisle" "at a time of rising partisanship." He also cites her expertise on global issues and healthcare.
But the mag’s Nina Easton also notes that Barack Obama has gained support of Orin Kramer and James Crown, in addition to Hollywood types like David Geffen and Jeffrey Katzenberg.
MGM’s Harry Sloan was approached by Obama and Clinton as well as Joe Biden and Chris Dodd, but stuck with his candidate, John McCain. Writes Easton:
"Still, Sloan notes that McCain is a more difficult sell than in his 2000 run, when he even drew admirers from liberal-dominated Hollywood. Those days are over. ‘Because of the Iraq war and John’s position on the war right now, the same people aren’t prepared to fully support him,’ says Sloan. ‘And many haven’t given money for that reason.’"