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GOP Hopefuls Hunt for Whales

From the early days of the 2008 presidential campaign, the top Republican candidates have spent massive amounts of time and energy courting the big-dollar bundlers who collected cash for President Bush's two national campaigns -- the Pioneers and Rangers, as Bush-Cheney labeled them.

The thinking in political circles had long been that whichever candidate secures the majority of these financial heavy-hitters will have a huge cash advantage heading into the caucuses and primaries early next year (or maybe even later this year).

But as The Post's Matt Mosk and I wrote yesterday, more than a third of the Bush-Cheney bundlers so far are sitting out the Republican race. A handful have even decided to play a financial role on behalf of a Democratic candidate for president.

The most common reasons cited are disappointment with President Bush and the Republicans in Congress. The lack of energy among many big donors speaks to a larger enthusiasm problem within the GOP that must be addressed if the party hopes to retain the White House in 2008.

Of course, not all the news is bad. Plenty of money men (and women) have picked a candidate in the Republican nomination fight.

At The Fix we call these high rollers "whales" and have been doing our darndest to keep track of who's with whom.

Not surprisingly, Rudy Giuliani and Mitt Romney have overtaken John McCain in recruiting whales. The two men are the acknowledged frontrunners in the race at this point, and donors -- especially big ones -- like to be with the guy (or gal) who looks like a winner.

Here's our most up-to-date "whale list," culled from the campaigns as well as a scouring of recent reports filed with the Federal Election Commission. For our purposes, whales who donated to several candidates or who are claimed by more than one campaign are not included. (Names that have not appeared before on The Fix are in ALL CAPS.)

Rudy Giuliani (43 Pioneers, 41 Rangers ):

SHELDON ADELSON (Nev.) -- PIONEER
HUSHANG ANSARY (Texas) -- PIONEER
ROLAND ARNALL (Calif.) -- RANGER
ROBERT ASHER (Pa.) -- RANGER
ALFRED AUSTIN (Fla.) -- RANGER
DENNIS BERMAN (Texas) -- PIONEER
GEOFFREY BOISI (N.Y.) -- RANGER
MICHAEL BOONE (Texas) -- RANGER
RUDY BOSCHWITZ, FORMER SENATOR (Minn.) -- RANGER
ELLIOT BROIDY (Calif.) -- RANGER
STEPHEN BURKE (Pa.) -- RANGER
ROBERT CASTELLINI (Ohio) -- PIONEER
CINDY CLARK (Hawaii) -- PIONEER
JOHN D. COLLINS (Fla.) -- RANGER
JOE COX (Fla.) -- PIONEER
JAMES CULBERTSON (N.C.) -- RANGER
DWIGHT DECKER (Calif.) -- PIONEER
DALE DYKEMA (Calif.) -- PIONEER
MICHAEL EGAN (Mass.) -- RANGER
RICHARD EGAN (Mass.) -- RANGER
DAVID FLAUM (N.Y.) -- PIONEER
BRAD FREEMAN (Calif.) -- RANGER
LISA GABLE (Va.) -- RANGER
GAY HART GAINES (Fla.) -- PIONEER
Bruce Gelb, retired Bristol-Myers Squibb (N.Y.) -- PIONEER
SANDRA GERBER (N.Y.) -- RANGER
RON GIDWITZ (Ill.) -- PIONEER
ROY M. GOODMAN (N.Y.) -- PIONEER
Cathy Govan, DGM & Associates (Mich.) -- PIONEER
Michael Govan, Legacy Group (Va.) -- PIONEER
JOSEPH GRANO JR. (N.Y.) -- RANGER
CHARLES GRIZZLE (D.C.) -- PIONEER
DAVID HANNA (Calif.) -- RANGER
BILL HARTLEY (Texas) -- RANGER
GARY HEIMAN (Ohio) -- PIONEER
JAMES HOLTON (Fla.) -- PIONEER
TRAMM HUDSON (Fla.) -- PIONEER
Dick Hug, Environmental Elements Corporation -- RANGER
CHARLES N. KAHN III (D.C.) -- PIONEER
JOHN KELLY (Wash.) -- PIONEER
NANCY KINDER (Texas) -- RANGER
DOUGLAS KORN (N.Y.) -- PIONEER
ROBERT LIGGETT (Mich.) -- PIONEER
Jim Lee, James H. Lee Investments (Texas) -- PIONEER
SUSAN MCCAW (Wash.) -- RANGER
KEVIN P. MCMAHON (VA.) -- PIONEER
ADAIR MARGO (Texas) -- RANGER
ROBERT MARTINEZ (Fla.) -- RANGER
Linda Maynor, Blach & Bingham (Ala.) -- RANGER
DAVID A. METZNER (D.C.) -- PIONEER
BARTON MITCHELL (Md.) -- PIONEER
MICHAEL MOSKOWITZ (N.Y.) -- PIONEER
DENNIS MUNCHMORE (Mich.) -- PIONEER
JOHN NAU III (Texas) -- PIONEER
Terry Neese, Terry Neese Enterprises (Okla.) -- RANGER
Steve Payne, Payne Consulting (Texas) -- RANGER
JAMES P. QUIGLEY (Conn.) -- PIONEER
WILLIAM PALATUCCI (N.J.) -- PIONEER
J. Bryan Pickens, Pickens Investments (Texas) -- RANGER
Paulette Pyle, Oregonians for Food & Shelter (Ore.) -- PIONEER
DUANE ROBERTS (Calif.) -- RANGER
Raul Romero, S&B Infrastructure (Texas) -- RANGER
EVAN ROSE JR. (Pa.) -- PIONEER
ROBERT ROWLING (Texas) -- PIONEER
LARRY RUVO (Nev.) -- RANGER
PATRICK RYAN (Ill.) -- RANGER
THOMAS SAUNDERS III (N.Y.) -- RANGER
WILLIAM SCHERER (Fla.) -- RANGER
PAUL SECCHIA (Mich.) -- RANGER
NED SIEGEL (Fla.) -- RANGER
Paul Singer, Elliott Associates (N.Y.) -- PIONEER
MANUEL STAMATAKIS (Pa.) -- RANGER
SHAWN STEEL (Calif.) -- RANGER
ALEX SPANOS (Calif.) -- RANGER
WARREN STEPHENS (Ark.) -- RANGER
WILLIAM TERLATO (Ill.) -- PIONEER
Barron Thomas, Barron Thomas Aviation (N.J.) -- PIONEER
Dirk Van Dongen, National Association of Wholesaler-Manufacturers(D.C.) RANGER
VIRGIL WILLIAMS (Ga.) -- PIONEER
BRAD WINE (Md.) -- PIONEER
ALDONA WOS (N.C.) -- RANGER
PAUL WELDAY (Mich.) -- PIONEER
JOSEPH WELLER (Calif.) -- PIONEER
Barry Wynn, Colonial Trust Group (S.C.) -- PIONEER

John McCain (30 Rangers, 19 Pioneers)

Lawrence Bathgate II, Bathgate Wegener (N.J.) -- RANGER
Wayne Berman, Berman Strategies (D.C.) -- RANGER
Harold Beznos, Beztaks Cos. (Mich.) -- PIONEER
Charlie Black, BMSK (D.C) -- PIONEER
Judy Black (D.C.) -- PIONEER
Kirk Blalock, Fierce Isakowitz and Blalock (D.C.) -- PIONEER
Mark Broxmeyer, Fairfield Properties (N.Y.) -- PIONEER
James Brulte, former state senator (Calif.) -- RANGER
August A. Busch III, Anheuser-Busch (Mo.) -- RANGER
Bill Clements, former Texas Governor (Texas) PIONEER
James Click, auto dealer (Ariz.) -- RANGER
James Courter, IDT (N.J.) -- RANGER
Patrick Durkin, Credit Suisse First Boston (Conn.) -- RANGER
David Girard Carlo, Blank Rome (Pa.) -- RANGER
Steve Gordon, fundraiser (D.C.) -- PIONEER
Lew Eisenberg, Granite Capital International Group (N.J.) -- RANGER
Robert Fannin, Steptoe & Johnson (Ariz.) -- RANGER
Thomas "Marty" Fiorentino Jr., Fiorentino & Hewett (Fla.) -- RANGER
C. Edward Floyd, Heart Surgeon (S.C.) -- RANGER
Jon Hammes, retired Hammes & Co. (Wis.) -- RANGER
Kent Hance, former Congressman (Texas) -- PIONEER
Sam Hardage, Woodfin (Calif.) -- PIONEER
Gaylord Hughey Jr., attorney (Texas) -- PIONEER
Robert Wood Johnson IV, Johnson & Johnson (N.Y.) -- RANGER
Munr Kazmir, Direct Meds Inc. (N.J.) -- RANGER
Bill Kilberg, Gibson Dunn and Crutcher (Va.) -- RANGER
Mark Kirk, U.S. Representative (Ill.) -- RANGER
Henry Kravis, KKR (N.Y.) -- PIONEER
Jon Kyl, U.S. Senator (Ariz.) -- RANGER
Chuck Larson, Iowa state senator (Iowa) -- RANGER
Tom Loeffler, lobbyist (Texas) -- RANGER
David Metzner, lobbyist (D.C.) -- PIONEER
Phil Montgomery, P.O.B. Montgomery & Co. (Texas) -- PIONEER
James Nicholson, PVS Chemicals (Mich.) -- RANGER
Dennis Nixon, International Bank of Commerce (Texas) -- RANGER
Eric Nye, TXU (Texas) -- PIONEER
Gerald Parsky, Aurora Capital Group (Calif.) -- PIONEER
Carter Pate, PricewaterhouseCoopers (D.C./Texas) -- PIONEER
Tim Pawlenty, Governor (Minn.) -- PIONEER
Gerry Perenchio, Univision (Calif.) -- PIONEER
Alec Poitevint, State Republican Party Chairman (Ga.) -- PIONEER
Sig Rogich, Rogich Communications Group (Nev.) -- RANGER
Gordon Smith, U.S. Senator (Ore.) -- RANGER
Fred Smith, Fed Ex (Tenn.) -- RANGER
Barbara Sobel, Wife of U.S. Ambassador to the Netherlands (N.J.) -- RANGER
Marc Stern, TCW Group (Calif.) -- RANGER
G. Kennedy Thompson, Wachovia (N.C.) -- RANGER
Ron Weiser, former U.S. Ambassador to Slovakia (Mich.) -- PIONEER
Fred Zeidman, attorney (Texas) -- RANGER

Mitt Romney (31 Pioneers, 26 Rangers)

LOUIS BEECHERL JR., Beecherl Companies (Texas) -- PIONEER
Bruce Benson, Benson Mineral Group (Colo.) -- RANGER
BRUCE BIALOSKY, accountant (Calif.) -- PIONEER
Steve and Kimmy Brauer (Mo.) -- RANGER
Bill Brisben, Brisben Development (Ohio) -- RANGER
ANNA CABLIK. ANASTEEL & SUPPLY CO (Ga.) -- PIONEER
Al Cardenas, Tew Cardenas (Fla.) -- RANGER
RICHARD CARUSO, INTEGRA LIFESCIENCES CORP. (Calif.) -- RANGER
Christopher Collins, Collins Nickas & Company (Mass.) -- RANGER
Herb Collins, Boston Capital Partners (Mass.) -- RANGER
FREDERICK COOPER, COOPER CAPITAL LLC (Ga.) -- PIONEER
Bill Danhof, Miller Canfield (Mich.) -- PIONEER
JAMES EDENFIELD, AMERICAN SOFTWARE (Ga.) -- RANGER
Jeff Fox, Harbour Group (Mo.) -- RANGER
David Fischer, The Suburban Collection (Mich.) -- PIONEER
Brad Freeman, venture capitalist (Calif.) -- RANGER
JACK GERARD, NATIONAL MINING ASSOCIATION (D.C) -- PIONEER
Yousif Ghafari, Ghafari Inc. (Mich.) -- RANGER
ROBERT GRAND, BARNES & THORNBURG (Ind.) -- RANGER
KELLY GUILFOIL KNIGHT (Ky.) -- PIONEER
Mark Guzzetta, developer (Fla.) -- RANGER
John Harris, Harris Farms (Calif.) PIONEER
Mori Hosseini, ICI Homes (Fla.) -- RANGER
J.C. Huizenga, National Heritage Academies (Mich.) -- PIONEER
Christopher Jenny, Parthenon Group (Mass.) -- PIONEER
Sheldon Kamins, Blum, Frank and Kamins (Md.) -- RANGER
Ron Kaufman, Dutko Group (D.C.) -- PIONEER
HERSH KOZLOV, WOLF, BLOCK, SCHORR AND SOLIS-COHEN LLP (N.J.) -- PIONEER
JOSEPH KYRILLOS, REPUBLICAN STATE COMMITTEE (N.J.) -- PIONEER
Fred Lazenby, L.N.C. Corp. (Tenn.) -- RANGER
Howard Leach, Leach Capital (Calif.) -- RANGER
FRED LEONHARDT, GRAY HARRIS LAW FIRM (Fla.) -- PIONEER
Steve Lessing, Lehman Brothers (N.Y.) -- RANGER
Ed Levy, Levy Company (Mich.) -- PIONEER
ROBERT LIGGETT JR.. LIGGETT COMPANIES (Mich.) -- PIONEER
CARL LINDNER, AMERICAN FINANCIAL GROUP (Ohio) -- RANGER
CARL LINDER III, AMERICAN FINANCIAL GROUP (Ohio) -- RANGER
JEFF MCWATERS, AMERIGROUP CORPORATION (Va.) -- PIONEER
Gary Morse, developer (Fla.) -- RANGER
JOHN O'CONNOR (N.Y.) -- PIONEER
Joe O'Donnell, Boston Concessions Group (Mass.) -- PIONEER
WAYNE PERRY, EDGE WIRELESS (Wash.) -- PIONEER
Sergio Pino, Century Partners Group (Fla.) -- RANGER
STEVEN PRICE, SPECTRUM EQUITY INVESTORS (N.Y.) -- PIONEER
John Rakolta, Walbridge Aldinger (Mich.) -- RANGER
KENNETH SATTERLEE, DELTA UTILITY SOLUTIONS (Calif.) -- RANGER
L.E. Simmons, SCF Partners (Texas) -- PIONEER
PETER STARRETT, PETER STARRETT ASSOCIATES (Calif.) -- PIONEER
THOMAS STEMBERG, STAPLES (Mass.) -- PIONEER
TOM STEPHENSON, SEQUOIA CAPITAL (Calif.) -- PIONEER
Eric Tanenblatt, McKenna Long Aldridge (Ga.) -- RANGER
Tom Tellefsen, Tellefsen Investments (Calif.) -- RANGER
J. WARREN TOMKINS, TOMKINS, KINARD AND ASSOCIATES -- PIONEER
ROBERT WATKINS, ROBERT WATKINS & CO. (Fla.) -- PIONEER
DAVID WEINSTEIN, FIDELITY INVESTMENTS (Mass.) -- PIONEER
TED WELCH, TED WELCH INVESTMENTS (Tenn.) -- PIONEER
William Weld, former Massachusetts governor (N.Y.) -- PIONEER

Fred Thompson (7 Pioneers, 7 Rangers)

ANDREW ADAMS, NATIONAL HEALTHCARE CORP. (Tenn.) -- RANGER
TERESA AMEND, THE AMEND GROUP (Texas) -- PIONEER
BRUCE BLAKEMAN, ABRAMS, FENSTERMAN (N.Y.) -- PIONEER
ALFONSE D'AMATO, PARK STRATEGIES LLC (N.Y.) -- PIONEER
CRAIG DUCHOSSOIS, DUCHOSSOIS IND., INC (Ill.) -- PIONEER
FRANK FOWLER (Tenn.) -- RANGER
BETH HARWELL, FORMER STATE PARTY CHAIR (Tenn.) -- PIONEER
JAMES HASLAM II , PILOT INC. (Tenn.) -- RANGER
JAMES HASLAM III, PILOT INC (Tenn.) -- RANGER
MICHAEL LEBOVITZ, C.B.L. & ASSOCIATES (Tenn.) -- RANGER
ROBERT LEEBERN, TROUTMAN SANDERS PUBLIC AFFAIRS (Ga.) -- RANGER
CHARLES MONCRIEF, HENRY S. MILLER COMPANIES (Texas) -- PIONEER
WILLIAM STRONG, MORGAN STANLEY (Ill.) -- RANGER
VIRGIL WILLIAMS, WILLIAMS GROUP INTERNATIONAL (Ga.) -- PIONEER

If you think we're missing any names, please tell us in the comments section below.

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 18, 2007; 8:15 AM ET
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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