Obama Banking on Florida Fundraisers, Including Eight From Broward and Palm Beach
President Obama's reelection campaign released its list of 351 volunteer fundraisers who have helped him rake in the big bucks -- more than $50,000 -- with 29 of them coming from Florida and eight of them from either Broward or Palm Beach counties.
None of the GOP presidential candidates has released a list of their well-connected fundraisers, known as "bundlers," which Obama has now done for the second straight quarter of the current election cycle.
The top fundraisers from Broward and Palm Beach were Mark and Nancy Gilbert of Boca Raton, who are listed under the "$500,000+" category for dollars raised.
The Gilberts were also heavy donors in Obama's 2008 election bid, raising more than $500,000 for the president in that election as well.
Mark Gilbert is a former professional baseball player and executive at the now-defunct Lehman Brothers, while Nancy Gilbert owns a travel agency that coordinates tours to Israel.
Ron Klein, who got the boot from his congressional seat in 2010 by Rep. Allen West, is in the second-highest tier of Obama "bundlers."
Klein has raised $200,000 to $500,000, as has Miami lawyer and Fort Lauderdale resident Alex Heckler, who was a notable fundraiser for Sen. Hillary Clinton in her unsuccessful bid for the presidency.
In the next tier of fundraising, between $100,000 and $200,000, is Coral Springs lawyer Andrew Weinstein, Coral Springs-based Latino-rights advocates and fundraisers Abigail and F.J. Pollak, and Parkland lawyer Mitchell Berger.
Raising $50,000 to $100,000 were trial lawyer Jeremy Alters of Hallandale Beach and Cynthia Friedman of Palm Beach, who describes her occupation as a "private investor" in FEC filings.
An additional 11 people from Miami-Dade County were listed on the list of Obama's bundlers.
The Obama campaign has raised more than $90 million in his reelection bid.
The entire list of third-quarter bundlers for the Obama campaign can be found here.
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