Bay Staters among the top Obama fund-raisers

By Michael J. Bailey, Globe staff

Boston advertising and business titan Jack Connors was at the top of the list of local fund-raisers working to reelect President Obama.

Connors, with his wife, Eileen, were among a handful of Bay State residents who raised more than $500,000 for the president so far this year. Attorneys Rob Barber of Cambridge and Bob Sherman of Boston also raised at least that amount.

The Obama campaign today voluntarily released its list of campaign bundlers, those well-connected Americans who solicit contributions from friends, family, and business associates and package them into donations to the campaign.

In all, 244 individuals or couples were listed. In addition to the Connors, Sherman, and Barber, 10 other Bay Staters were listed: Jim Apteker, Brookline; Cheryl Cronin, Boston; John Fish, Boston; Noah Shaw, Boston; Linda Whitlock, Newton; Carol Fulp, Boston; Shaw McDermott, Dedham; Meredith DeWitt, Still River; Scott Nathan, Boston; and Elaine Schuster, Chestnut Hill.

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The president’s campaign has been quick out of the blocks in the race to raise money. He has raised a combined $86 million through the campaign and the Democratic National Committee in the most recent quarter, which ended June 30.

Other top fund-raisers on the list included former New Jersey governor Jon Corzine, Vogue magazine editor Anna Wintour, and Hollywood mogul Jeffrey Katzenberg.

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