Giuliani, D’Amato work as bundlers for Rep. King

The Hill | By Kevin Bogardus
July 26, 2009

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani is fundraising for Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) and could be a high-level backer if King decides to run for the Senate next year.

Giuliani, a 2008 Republican presidential candidate, collected more than $51,000 in political contributions during the first six months of the year for King’s congressional campaign committee, according to a lobbyist bundler report filed with the Federal Election Commission (FEC).

King endorsed Giuliani for his presidential run, and served as an adviser on homeland security policy as well as a media surrogate during Giuliani’s unsuccessful presidential run.

Former Sen. Al D’Amato (R-N.Y.) is also a bundler for King. He’s bundled more than $44,000 in donations for King, according to the same report. Bundlers use their networks of friends, colleagues and families to collect donations for candidates.

Giuliani and D’Amato are the not only prominent names in politics and K Street that turn up in a recently-filed batch of bundler reports.

Tony Podesta, the head of the K Street powerhouse the Podesta Group, has bundled campaign contributions for several powerful Democratic lawmakers over the first six months of the year.

Podesta has collected political donations of close to $100,000 on behalf of Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC).

Robert Raben of the Raben Group also bundled contributions for several political committees, raising more than $30,000 for the DCCC and more than $27,000 for Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.).

But Podesta and Raben are not the most prolific fundraisers among lobbyists, according to the bundler reports. Andrew Manatos of Manatos & Manatos has bundled more than $151,000 for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC), according to the reports.

Lobbyist Matt Gelman of Microsoft gathered more than $110,000 in contributions and Steve Elmendorf of Elmendorf Strategies collected more than $47,000 in political donations for the campaign committee that helps finance Democratic Senate candidate races.

Overall, the DSCC collected more than $731,000 in bundled contributions from lobbyists and companies registered to lobby, making it the most among all political committees so far. The DCCC took in more than $325,000 in contributions raised by lobbyists or firms registered to lobby.

Lobbyists also gathered campaign contributions for Republicans. For example, former Rep. Bill Paxon (R-N.Y.), now a senior adviser at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, bundled more than $137,000 in donations for the Republican National Committee during the first half of this year.

T. Martin Fiorentino, a lobbyist based in Florida, raised contributions for Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, who is running for the Senate in 2010. Fiorentino has raised more than $139,000 for Crist.

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