Colorado bundlers for Barack Obama
Amount raised: $500,000 +
David Friedman, Chairman of Sandy River Health Systems in Boulder. Has a blog page on Barack Obama’s campaign Web site. A major Democratic fundraiser that has given to many state and national campaigns as well as Democratic campaign committees, Friedman bundled for both Democratic presidential candidates John Edwards and Barack Obama in 2008 election cycle.
Don Gips, Group Vice President, Corporate Strategy and Development for Level 3 Communications. Former FCC International Bureau chief and a former chief domestic policy advisor to former Vice President and 2000 Democratic nominee Al Gore.
Bruce Oreck, Son of the famous David Oreck who founded the company Oreck Bradley that made Oreck vacuums and other appliances. Bruce is a major Democratic donor and also a big-time philanthropist. Along with this father, Bruce Oreck has has donated money to mineralogical museums in Colorado. He has contributed to both the Denver Museum of Nature and Science and the Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum collections.
Amount raised: $100,000 – $200,000
James Crowe, CEO of Level 3 Communication, a Democratic rumored to be sharing his gated Englewood home with the Obama camp during DNC week. He donated $14,250 to the DNC in Q1/08, $14,250 to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee in Q1/08 and Q2/07, and $2,500 to Obama in Q1/07, among other donations to the party as well.
Vinai Thummalapally, A Colorado Springs resident and with the firm Mam-A Inc., a company that makes blank CDs and DVDs. A former California State University student and an early friend of Barack Obama in college, Thummalapally has spoke on the record to many publications about watching Obama participate in drug use while in college, saying he would never turn down a toke on a joint (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1967717/posts).
Willie Shepard, Chair of Kamlett Shelherd & Reichert a law firm in Denver. According the firm’s Web site, Shepherd represents Fortune 100 companies as well as medium to smaller-sized businesses and entrepreneurs in regulatory and commercial litigation issues. Mr. Shepherd has worked with municipalities, state agencies and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Shepherd served as the Democratic National Convention as the Host Committee Finance Head and has been heavily involved in Democratic fund-raising in Colorado.
Amount raised: $50,000 – $100,000
Wanda James, A longtime Democratic strategist in Colorado, James is on Barack Obama’s Colorado finance team. James also served as the campaign manager for Jared Polis for part of his successful primary battle in the 2nd Congressional District against former Colorado Senate President Joan Fitz-Gerald in 2008. James’ husband, Scott Durrah, owns 8 Rivers Cafe in northwest Denver, and opened another Caribbean restaurant in LoDo during the summer of 2008.
David Kenney, Founder of the Kenney Group. Kenney has worked in government affairs, public relations and political consulting in Colorado and has led several high profile political campaigns in Colorado including Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper. Kenney also serves on the boards of directors of The Denver Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, Downtown Denver Inc. and is Vice President of the Board of Colfax On the Hill. He is also an active member of the Public Affairs Council of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the Urban Land Institute.
Federico Peña, Former Denver Mayor and former cabinet member under President Bill Clinton, Peña served as Transportation Secretary and the Secretary of Energy in the 1990s. Peña announced his endorsement of Obama early in the primary campaign and now serves as Obama’s National Campaign Co-chair. Peña also serves as a managing director at the investment firm Vestar Capital Partners based in Denver.
Mike Ramos, A close personal friend of Barack Obama, Ramos has appeared at different campaign events, sometimes with now the current Colorado chair Ray Rivera. Ramos is said to live in Avon and is quoted in many newspaper articles about Obama’s personality in the early days.
Richard Rogel, In 1982, Richard Rogel founded Preferred Provider Organization of Michigan (PPOM), which became one of the fastest growing privately owned businesses in the country. In 1996, he sold it to Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan. Rogel is a major Democratic fundraiser active in state and federal giving. He and his wife are some of the largest donors to the University of Michigan, including a $22 million gift in 2000, one of the largest in the school’s history. The Rogels live in Avon.
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