On the Records: Obama Finds Four New TX Bundlers

Coming off a third quarter of fundraising in which he outraised everyone else in the presidential field, President Barack Obama has released an updated list of volunteer fundraisers, known as "bundlers," who raise money on his behalf. Of the more than 350 bundlers disclosed by the campaign, 17 Texas fundraisers have collected more than $2.7 million.

Back in July, the Tribune took a closer look at the fundraisers based in Texas. And according to the third-quarter list, Obama has four new Texas bundlers. Peter Kraus, of Waters & Krause, LLP, raised between $100,000 and $200,000 for the campaign. Attorney Michael Li raised between $100,000 and $200,000. Michael Sorrell, the president of the private Paul Quinn College in Dallas, raised between $50,000 and $100,000. All three are based in Dallas.

Obama also picked up his first major fundraiser from San Antonio. Henry Muñoz, of Kell Muñoz Architects, Inc., raised between $100,000 and $200,000 for the president.

Three of Obama's previously reported bundlers leapt up in the range brackets, bringing in more money for the president's re-election campaign in the third quarter. Naomi Aberly of HBK Capital Management and attorney David Gail, both based in Dallas, made the sizable jump up from the $50,000 to $100,000 level to the $200,000 to $500,000 bracket. Cappy McGarr, of McGarr Capital in Dallas, went from the $50,000 to $100,000 bracket to raising between $100,000 and $200,000.

All of the fundraisers can be found in the table below. We compared the list to the 2008 election bundler data compiled by the Center of Responsive Politics, and have highlighted with italics the names of those who were bundlers during Obama's 2008 campaign. The dollar ranges of new bundlers and those who have raised enough to move into a higher bracket are highlighted in green.

Barack Obama's Reported Bundlers - October 2011
Italics = Past fundraisers
NameAffiliationCityAmount Raised
Rudy, Kirk Endeavor Real Estate Austin $500,000+
Sepulveda, Eugene Entrepreneurs Foundation of Central Texas Austin $500,000+
Aberly, Naomi HBK Capital Management Dallas $200,000 - $500,000
Boone, Aimee Texas Democratic Trust Austin $200,000 - $500,000
Reeves, Beverly Reeves & Brightwell Austin $200,000 - $500,000
Wesner, Alexa Blue Texas Austin $200,000 - $500,000
Gail, David Attorney Dallas $100,000 - $200,000
Gorman, John Tejas Securities Group Austin $100,000 - $200,000
Kraus, Peter Waters & Kraus, LLP Dallas $100,000 - $200,000
Li, Michael Attorney Dallas $100,000 - $200,000
Liemandt, Andra -- Austin $100,000 - $200,000
Stanley, Marc National Jewish Democractic Council Dallas $100,000 - $200,000
McGarr, Cappy McGarr Capital Dallas $100,000 - $200,000
Muñoz, Henry Kell Muñoz Architects, Inc. San Antonio $100,000 - $200,000
Ellis, Matt -- Austin $50,000 - $100,000
Meredith, Lynn MFI Foundation Austin $50,000 - $100,000
Sorrell, Michael Paul Quinn College Dallas $50,000 - $100,000
Total Raised (Minimum)     $2,750,000

Obama's bundler list still lacks a fundraiser from Houston, a city that gave Gov. Rick Perry $1.8 million in the third quarter. However, none of the 2012 GOP candidate has released a list of bundlers to the public.

Texas comes in as the sixth-most generous state to Obama's coffers, with contributions of more than $2.6 million from the state. Excepting Perry, who raised $9.7 million from his home state in August and September, Obama has collected more in Texas than any other GOP candidate. Mitt Romney comes in third with $2.1 million.

Several of the Obama bundlers listed here — Rudy, Sepulveda, Boone, Wesner, Aberly, McGarr, Meredith and Reeves — are donors to The Texas Tribune. Waters & Kraus, LLP is a corporate sponsor. 

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