Obama raises big money in Boston
Running for president is an expensive proposition. But with as many wealthy backers as President Obama seems to have in the Bay State, keeping the campaign coffers full should be no problem this fall. Obama raised some serious dough during three appearances in Boston Monday. The first stop was a $40,000-a-head roundtable hosted by former Hill Holliday head Jack Connors at Hamersley’s Bistro in the South End. There, the guest list included Suffolk Construction’s John Fish, former U.S. Attorney Wayne Budd, The Baupost Group’s Scott Nathan, and Reinier Beeuwkes of Ischemix Inc. Then it was off to a fundraiser with hundreds of mostly younger folks – including congressional candidate Joseph Kennedy III -- at Symphony Hall. And finally, it was off to Weston, and a Bryan Rafanelli-arranged event at the home of Judi and Douglas Krupp, the co-founder of the Berkshire Group, a Boston-based real estate investment company. The guest list for the $17,900-a-head dinner included Paul Egerman, Elizabeth Warren’s national finance chair, and his wife Joanne; David and Jocelyn Belluck; Dr. Robert Epstein; state Treasurer Steve Grossman and his wife Barbara; Valerie Jarrett; David Plouffe; Gerald and Elaine Schuster; hotelier Donald Saunders and wife, actress Liv Ullmann; Linda Whitlock; and Paul Buttonwieser. For a donation of $17,900, the menu better be pretty good, and we heard it was: Appetizers included steak frites on gaufrette potato with truffle aioli and grilled shrimp cakes with cilantro pesto; entrees included grilled tenderloin on corn custard with port reduction sauce and soy sake sea bass on spring succotash. For dessert? “Obama 2012” cookies, of course, with blue and white icing.