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Campaign's Heavy Hitters Give to Transition

CORRECTION: This previous version of this post incorrectly stated what the fundraising was paying for. The money helps pay for transition costs, augmenting $8.5 million in taxpayer funds that are provided.

President-elect Obama's transition team today released its first batch of fundraising data, showing they brought in nearly $1.2 million in the 10 days after the election, The Post's Alec MacGillis reports.

Not surprisingly, the list is studded with many of the same names that helped drive Obama's campaign fundraising to record-setting heights.

Former Obama "bundlers" giving the $5,000 maximum include: James and Paula Crown, members of the Chicago Crown dynasty that holds a large stake in the defense contractor General Dynamics; Alan Solomont, the Boston financier who led Obama's New England fundraising operation; the hedge fund chieftain Orin Kramer; and John Rogers, CEO of Ariel Management in Chicago and ex-husband of Desiree Rogers, who has been named the White House social secretary.

The full list of donors can be seen here. The list did include some of the small-dollar donations Obama's presidential campaign was known for:

Among those making donations of $200 or less were: an employee of the National Gallery of Art, a planner at Island Style Weddings in the Virgin Islands, a Wendy's worker in Pennsylvania, a Fish and Wildlife worker in Minnesota and a Forest Service worker in Wyoming.

Also donating were teachers from the Alexandria, Va., Loudoun County, Va., and Memphis schools, a Teamster from Maryland, a homeless services worker in St. Louis -- and an employee from the Lawrence Welk Family Foundation who sent $10.

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  December 1, 2008; 3:48 PM ET  | Category:  Fundraising , Presidential Inaugural Committee
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