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Meet Hillary Clinton’s Atlanta fundraising bundlers

Hillary Clinton, shown in 2014 (AP/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Hillary Clinton, shown in 2014 (AP/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Hillary Clinton on Wednesday put out a list of her bundlers, donors who helped raise at least $100,000 for her campaign, three of whom are from Atlanta.

The list is headlined by Gordon Giffin, U.S. ambassador to Canada under Bill Clinton and a longtime fixture in Georgia Democratic politics. Giffin, a close ally of former Sen. Sam Nunn was co-chair of Michelle Nunn’s U.S. Senate candidacy last year.

Giffin also helped gather donors for Clinton’s closed-door Atlanta fundraiser in May, her only Georgia visit so far in her early-state focused campaign.

Pinney Allen, a board member of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, is a former head of the Atlanta Girls School and partner at Alston and Bird. She’s a longtime big donor to Democratic candidates and causes.

Daniel Halpern, CEO of Jackmont Hospitality, was a co-chair of Kasim Reed’s 2009 mayoral bid and an ally of Maynard Jackson before that. Reed appointed him chairman of the Atlanta Housing Authority board.

Halpern also served on the national finance committee for both Obama presidential campaigns. In 2012 this newspaper called Halpern “one of the most influential Atlantans you’ve never heard of.”

Clinton’s release of her second quarter “Hillblazers” is not a legal requirement but consistent with frequent campaign practices. Individuals can only give $2,700 per election, but those who can round up pals to donate are coveted by campaigns — and often lavished with perks and patronage.

Clinton listed more than 150 bundlers in all, as she raised $46 million in the second quarter.

Jeb Bush and Scott Walker plan to disclose their bundlers, while Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio will not, CNN reported.


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