5:17 pm May. 31, 20121
Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries is getting an assist in his congressional bid from some top bundlers for President Obama.
On June 6, real-estate magnate Don Peebles will host a cocktail reception at the law office of Arent Fox in midtown that includes a host committee comprised of African-American professionals who have been some of the president's biggest supporters.
Peebles himself has raised between $100,000 and $200,000 for the president's re-election through the first quarter, though he recently criticized the Obama campaign as "inconsistent" for its attacks on the private equity industry.
Also on the host committee is Brian Mathis, a private equity executive who appears in the top tier of Obama bundlers, having already raised more than half a million dollars for the re-election campaign, and Darrell Gay, a partner at Arent Fox who doesn't appear on the current bundler list, but was active in campaigning for Obama in 2008.
Before he ran for the Assembly, Jeffries was a litigation attorney at the firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, and he has invited comparisons to Obama.
"[I]n the state assembly, Mr. Jeffries has been a strong advocate for New York City residents and businesses," Peebles wrote in an email to possible attendees. "As a member of the House of Representatives, Mr. Jeffries will not only bring a balance of progressive economic reforms but continued undying support of New York City small business and industrial exports.
"Mr. Jeffries represents a new generation of leadership for New York in the 8th district."
Jeffries has vastly outraised his competitor for the Democratic nomination, Councilman Charles Barron.
CORRECTION: This story originally stated Jeffries was a partner at Paul, Weiss.
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