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Landing a "Whale" for 2008

In a post earlier this week, we announced the creation of a running list of President Bush's Pioneers and Rangers who have signed on with potential 2008 candidates. As expected, some more names trickled in after the original post so we've provided an updated list below. New additions are in ALL CAPS.

We'll be updating this list periodically as we gather more names. In the meantime if you happen to have a subscription to National Journal magazine, make sure to read Marc Ambinder's piece on the hunt for these political whales:

"More than two years before the first ballots will be cast for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination, several potential candidates are quietly but intently cultivating a universe of fundraisers numbering fewer than 700: 'Pioneers,' who earned their designation by collecting at least $100,000 for President Bush, and 'Rangers,' who raised at least $200,000," writes Ambinder.

Here is the Fix's list of the "Whales."

John McCain
Wayne Berman, lobbyist (D.C.) RANGER
Fred Malek, Thayer Capital Partners (D.C.)
Carter Pate, PricewaterhouseCoopers (D.C./Texas) RANGER
Bob Mosbacher, Mosbacher Energy Co. (Texas)
Tom Loeffler, lobbyist (Texas) RANGER
BILL CLEMENTS, FORMER TEXAS GOVERNOR (Texas) PIONEER
RON WEISER, FORMER SLOVAKIA AMBASSADOR (Michigan) PIONEER
KENT HANCE, FORMER CONGRESSMAN (Texas) PIONEER
GERALD PARSKY, AURORA CAPITAL GROUP (California) PIONEER
SERGIO PINO, CENTURY PARTNERS GROUP (Florida) RANGER
SIG ROGICH, ROGICH COMMUNICATIONS GROUP (NEVADA) RANGER


Mitt Romney
Peter Karmanos, Compuware Corp. (Mich.)
David Fischer, Suburban Collection (Mich.) PIONEER
John Rakolta, Walbridge Aldinger (Mich.) RANGER
Dave Phillips, Phillips Industries (N.C.) RANGER
Tom Tellefsen, Tellefsen Investments (Calif.) PIONEER
Anne Dunsmore, Capital Campaigns (Calif.) RANGER
Hadi Makarechian, Capital Pacific Holdings (Calif.)
Herb Collins, Boston Capital Partners (Mass.) PIONEER
Jim Sims (MA) GEN3Partners (Mass.)
Joe O'Donnell (MA), Boston Culinary Group (Mass.) RANGER
Tom Foley, NTC Corp. (Conn.) PIONEER
Eric Tanenblatt, McKenna Long Aldridge (Ga.) RANGER
RON KAUFMAN, DUTKO GROUP (D.C.) PIONEER


Bill Frist
Zachariah Zachariah, cardiologist (Fla.) RANGER
Ken Eldred, Living Stones Foundation (Calif.)
Michael Lebovitz, CBL & Associates Partners (Tenn.) RANGER
Jim Haslam, Pilot Oil Co. (Tenn.) RANGER
Chip Saltsman, former Tennnessee state party chairman (Tenn.) RANGER
Ted Welch, Ted Welch Investments (Tenn.) RANGER
Jeff McWaters, Amerigroup Corp. (Va.) PIONEER

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 11, 2006; 4:30 PM ET
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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Comments

You post this list of big bucks supporters for the Republicans and then, in your article, "A New Alliance Of Democrats Spreads Funding But Some in Party Bristle At Secrecy and Liberal Tilt," Washington Post, Monday, July 17, 2006; Page A01, you say that some Democrats want a more centerist representation from the Alliance. Gee whiz! In this country we have screaming right-wing fanatics, conservative big-business rich guys, and supposedly "centrist" Republicans (McCain) and Democrats (Clinton) trying to scramble as far to the right as their voter base will allow. Maybe nobody noticed, but about half of this country's population is LIBERAL or progressive. Thank goodness for the Alliance!!!

Posted by: Shagius | July 17, 2006 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Chris, guess we will have to watch the news after 08 elections and a winner is selected, uh I mean elected to see who is on America's most wanted!
Thanks Sue F

Posted by: Sue Filutze | July 12, 2006 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Chris, guess we will have to watch the news after 08 elections and a winner is selected, uh I mean elected to see who is on America's most wanted!
Thanks Sue F

Posted by: Sue Filutze | July 12, 2006 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Chris, guess we will have to watch the news after 08 elections and a winner is selected, uh I mean elected to see who is on America's most wanted!
Thanks Sue F

Posted by: Sue F | July 12, 2006 3:35 PM | Report abuse

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