Obama Campaign Bundlers Include Show Biz Studio Connections


President Obama’s reelection campaign released an updated list of his 2012 campaign fundraisers, including Sony’s Michael Lynton and his wife Jamie; Dreamworks’ Jeffrey Katzenberg; HBO’s Richard Plepler and Weinstein Co.’s Harvey Weinstein.

Also on the list are Kelly Meyer, the wife of Universal’s Ron Meyer, and Peter Chernin, the former COO of News Corp.

None of the names were much of a surprise, but the connections that the campaign has to major studio executives and other industry leaders will prove important in the coming months, as Obama tries to expand his campaign coffers in advance of what is expected to be a tight race against presumptive nominee Mitt Romney. Many of the names appeared on the list before January, when the White House came out against portions of the Stop Online Piracy Act, which was sidelined in Congress. Studio chiefs were angry that the White House statement seemed to side with Silicon Valley and perhaps fomented opposition.

Bundlers are charged with tapping friends and contacts to write checks. As such, there tends to be few star names on the list, given the time commitment, although Eva Longoria appears on the list.

Here’s the rundown of industry names:

Raising $50,000 to $100,000: Peter Chernin (producer); Margo Lion (Broadway producer); Richard Plepler (HBO co-president); George Stevens (producer).

$100,000-$200,000: Clarence Avant (music mogul); Joseph Calabrese (entertainment attorney); Deepak Chopra (self-help guru); Ari Emanuel (WME Entertainment chief), Giselle Fernandez (TV personality); Chad Griffin (political consultant, incoming president of Human Rights Campaign); Michael Lynton (Sony chief); Kelly Meyer (environmental advocate); Wendy Wanderman (producer) and Mark Gorenberg.

$200,000-$500,000: Eva Longoria (actress); Jamie Alter Lynton (philanthropist).

$500,000 or more: Nicole Avant (former ambassador) and Ted Sarandos (Netflix chief content officer); Colleen Bell (soap opera producer); David Cohen (Comcast exec); John Emerson (Capitol Group executive); Jeffrey Katzenberg (Dreamworks Animation CEO); Mai Lassiter (wife of producer James Lassiter); Noah Mamet (political consultant); James Costos (HBO executive) and Michael Smith (designer); Dana Perlman and Barry Karas (Obama for America LGBT co-chairs); Ken Solomon (Tennis Channel CEO); Andy Spahn (political consultant); Harvey Weinstein (producer); and Anna Wintour (editor).

Update: Donors to the Obama campaign in March included writer Nick Pileggi, IFC’s Evan Shapiro; Ted Turner; writer Scott Turow; director Dean Devlin; Ari Emanuel; Viacom’s general counsel Michael Fricklas; radio host and humorist Garrison Keilor; Internet entrepreneur and producer Ted Leonsis; author Gregory Maguire; actress Marsha Mason and former Fox Broadcasting Co. programming chief John Matoian. The campaign raised a total of $35 million in March.












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