In addition to news that his campaign raised $40 million in the fourth quarter, President Obama released an update to his list of volunteer fundraisers, also known as "bundlers," who raise money on his campaign’s behalf. The number of reported bundlers jumped to 420 from 350, with 21 Texas bundlers collecting at least $3.4 million for Obama's 2012 campaign.
It appears that the Obama campaign finally was able to find support from the Houston area, which had been missing from the lists released for the third quarter in October and for the second quarter in July. All four of the new bundlers on the list were from Houston and in the $50,000 to $100,000 range: Jason Freeman, board chairman of the Houston chapter of the National Association of Minority Contractors; Rochelle Jacobson, the Southwest Region board chairwoman of the Anti-Defamation League; Houston trial lawyer Carrin Patman; and former Houston Mayor and 2010 Democratic gubernatorial candidate Bill White.
With the addition of Houston-based support, Obama has major bundlers from several of Texas' largest cities, including San Antonio, Dallas and Austin.
Only two fundraisers on the list moved into a new collection bracket. Henry Muñoz, of Kell Muñoz Architects, Inc., in San Antonio, is now listed as raising more than $500,000 for the president. Muñoz first appeared on the list in October having raised between $100,000 and $200,000. Marc Stanley, the chairman of the National Jewish Democratic Council, is now reported to have raised between $200,000 and $500,000, up from the $100,000 to $200,000 third-quarter listing.
The table below lists all Texas fundraisers found in the master list. As we have done in the past, 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. All new bundlers are first-time fundraisers.
|Muñoz, Henry||Kell Muñoz Architects, Inc.||San Antonio||$500,000+|
|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||Dallas||$200,000-$500,000|
|Reeves, Beverly||Reeves & Brightwell||Dallas||$200,000-$500,000|
|Stanley, Marc||National Jewish Democratic Council||Dallas||$200,000-$500,000|
|Wesner, Alexa||Blue Texas||Austin||$200,000-$500,000|
|Gorman, John||Tejas Securities Group||Austin||$100,000-$200,000|
|Kraus, Peter||Waters & Kraus, LLP||Dallas||$100,000-$200,000|
|McGarr, Cappy||McGarr Capital||Dallas||$100,000-$200,000|
|Freeman, Jason||National Association of Minority Contractors||Houston||$50,000-$100,000|
|Jacobson, Rochelle||Anti-Defamation League||Houston||$50,000-$100,000|
|Meredith, Lynn||MFI Foundation||Austin||$50,000-$100,000|
|Patman, Carrin||Trial Lawyer||Houston||$50,000-$100,000|
|Sorrell, Michael||Paul Quinn College||Dallas||$50,000-$100,000|
Several of the Obama bundlers listed here are donors to The Texas Tribune. Naomi Aberly, Cappy McGarr, Lynn Meredith, Kirk Rudy and Alexa Wesner are major donors. Aimee Boone, Michael Sorrell and Bill White are donors. Reeves & Brightwell and Waters & Kraus, LLP are corporate sponsors.