2:39 pm Jan. 12, 2012
Jon Huntsman is taking a detour from the conservative confines of South Carolina this evening to attend a fund-raiser hosted by third-party advocate Lady Lynn Forester de Rothschild at her home on East 52nd Street in Manhattan.
Rothschild, who was a staunch supporter of Hillary Clinton in 2008 (and continued to wage a rearguard anti-Obama campaign on Clinton's behalf long after the primary contest was resolved), has been an enthusiastic backer of Huntsman this cycle, and tonight's $1,000-per-person cocktail reception is organized in hopes of capitalizing on his third-place finish in New Hampshire.
A quick scan of the host committee illustrates the un-Republican nature of Huntsman's support in New York, with a number of figures who, like Rothschild, supported Clinton in the last cycle, and a fair number who, unlike Rothschild, supported Huntsman's old boss, President Obama.
A number of the hosts have contributed on a local level to Democratic officials like Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer.
Here's a quick account, based on FEC records:
Dan Arbess, a partner at Perella Weinberg, donated to Mitt Romney in the spring, before maxing out to Huntsman after he announced in June. Prior to that, Arbess had given mostly to Democrats, including Kirsten Gillibrand in 2008, and Rahm Emanuel in 2005.
Ilan Kaufthal, a senior adviser at Irving Place Capital, maxed out to Huntsman in July. He previously gave to local officials on both sides of the aisle, including Hillary Clinton, Chuck Schumer, Rick Lazio, Nita Lowey, Ed Towns and Charlie Rangel. (In 2004, he gave to George W. Bush, after giving to Al Gore in 2000.)
Peter Kellner, an invester at Richmond Global, was also a Hillary donor in 2006, and an Obama donor in 2008.
William Lauder, of the Estee Lauder company, has given tens of thousands of dollars to candidates, also maxed out to Gillibrand in March, and contributed to Obama in 2008. He gave to both Eric Cantor and Dianne Feinstein in 2010.
Nancy Lieberman, a partner at Skadden Arps, maxed out to Huntsman in June, three months after she did the same for Kirsten Gillibrand. (In 2007, she supported Obama, and gave to Kerry in 2004.)
Dan Lufkin, a self-employed investor, has also been one of Gillibrand's supporters, going back to her days in the House, and has supported Chuck Schumer. He gave $10,000 to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee in 2005, 2006, and 2007.
Barry Sternlicht, the CEO of Starwood Capital, also maxed out to Romney earlier this year, after giving to Obama and Clinton in past cycles.