Twenty-one Illinoisans on Obama 'bundler' list

What do Laura Ricketts and Ari Emanuel have in common?

July 18, 2011

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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and President Barack Obama at a presidential fundraising event on Navy Pier in April.

About twenty Illinois residents have made the list of big campaign fundraisers for President Obama's re-election effort.

The Obama campaign late last week released a list of about 250 people they're calling "volunteer fundraisers." The more common name for these big ticket supporters, though, is "bundlers." They each raised more than $50,000 for the campaign by getting their friends to give, too.

The list includes the chairman and CEO of ComEd, Frank Clark, and a co-owner of the Chicago Cubs, Laura Ricketts. Also highlighted: Penny Pritzker, who led Mr. Obama's 2008 fundraising committee, and Michael Sacks, an investment banker who last week was appointed to help lead a business commission by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Emanuel, a recent White House chief of staff, didn't himself donate to his old boss, or make the list of big bundlers. But his brother, Hollywood agent Ari Emanuel, did.

All told, the president raised some $86 million since beginning his fundraising drive in April. That's when he visited Chicago for an evening of back-to-back-to-back events.