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Top Obama Donor Likes Paul Ryan

Tuesday, 21 Aug 2012 02:05 PM

One of President Barack Obama’s top donors happens to be a big fan of Mitt Romney’s vice presidential pick Rep. Paul Ryan, so much so that he donated $10,000 to Ryan’s PAC in June, CNN reported.

Marc Benioff, founder and CEO of Salesforce.com and a national campaign co-chair for Obama's re-election campaign, told CNN that Ryan is an attractive candidate because of his focus on deficit and budget issues. The nation's fiscal difficulties must be addressed, and Ryan's ideas offer “a lot of the right long-term thinking for the country,” he told CNN.

"My approach to politics is that I'm not a Democrat or a Republican. I'm an American and I always support candidates I think are great for the country," Benioff told CNN.

Benioff donated $10,000 to Ryan's political action committee in June after meeting with him, according to CNN. He has helped raise more than $500,000 for Obama's re-election effort, earning him the distinction of national campaign co-chair, alongside Democratic heavyweights like Rahm Emanuel, Dick Durbin and Russ Feingold.

Despite his respect for Ryan, Benioff told CNN, "I'm squarely a supporter of the president, and he is absolutely the right man for the job.”



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