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Reports: Hillary Raised $33 Million in 1Q, $1.5 Million From Big Lobbyists

By    |   Saturday, 16 Apr 2016 08:44 PM

Hillary Clinton raised $33 million for her Democratic presidential campaign in the first quarter of this year, including $1.5 million from lobbyists who have represented such corporate titans as Wal-Mart, the oil giants BP and ExxonMobil — even the NFL.

The Clinton campaign filed its financial disclosure forms late Friday with the Federal Election Commission, The International Business Times reports.

The 2016 figure is along with the more than $4 million that lobbyists contributed last year. So far, lobbyists have raised more than $5.6 million for Clinton since she began her campaign last April.

Overall, Clinton raised $33 million in the quarter — funds that went into a joint account formed with various committees of the Democratic Party, Politico reports.

The joint account, the Hillary Victory Fund, took advantage of its unique structure to raise almost $5 million from 14 super-rich donors, including entertainment titans Barry Diller, James Cameron and Haim Saban, according to Politico.

Among the top lobbying firms aiding the former secretary of state is Capitol Counsel, the Washington-based operation founded in 2006 by longtime Democratic tax lobbyist John Raffaelli, the IB Times reports.

Besides Wal-Mart, the firm's clients have included Bass Enterprises Production Co., the fossil-fuel giant, as well as those from such industries as financial services, pharmaceuticals. The firm also has represented a large oil-industry trade association, the IB Times reports.

Capitol Counsel's website lists such clients as General Electric, Chevron, JP Morgan Chase, Lockheed Martin and the National Football League.

In the first quarter of the year, Capitol Counsel's David Jones raised about $276,000 for Clinton, according to the disclosure reports. Another lobbyist, Richard Sullivan, brought in more than $100,000 for the former first lady.

According to previous filings cited by the IB Times, Jones raised more than $663,000 last year, while Sullivan has bundled over $423,000 — for a combined total of beyond $1 million from just those two Capitol Counsel lobbyists alone.

Other top lobbyists listed on Clinton's disclosure report include:

  • David Leiter, who federal records show has lobbied for ExxonMobil, Dow Corning and Cablevision. He raised $54,825 in the three-month period.
  • Frederick Humphries, a top Microsoft lobbyist, $48,345.
  • Irene Bueno, who has lobbied for Theranos, the embattled blood-testing company that has been under fire by federal health regulators. She raised $27,560 for Clinton.
  • Steve Elmendorf, who has worked on behalf of Citigroup, Goldman Sachs — and a Wall Street trade association that says its members consist of the "CEOs of 16 of the largest and most diversified financial services institutions with business operations in the United States," the IB Times reports. His haul for Clinton was $ 23,275 in the quarter.
In addition, Tony Podesta, the brother of Clinton campaign manager Leon Podesta, brought in $35,560, according to the report.

He has represented the healthcare industry, huge financial conglomerates, Wal-Mart and BP.

Tony Podesta's firm, the Podesta Group, has recently registered with the U.S. Justice Department to lobby on behalf of the Saudi Arabian government, the IB Times reports.

The disclosure form also lists $39,800 raised for Clinton's effort by Mary Landrieu, the former Louisiana senator who lost her re-election bid in 2014 to Rep. Bill Cassidy.

She joined the Van Ness Feldman law firm last year. Landrieu is legally prohibited from lobbying former Congress members for two years, Nola.com reports.



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