In New York, Romney super PAC raises from private equity, a disaffected Obama donor and a math tutor
5:16 pm Jun. 20, 2012
Restore Our Future, the super PAC backing Mitt Romney, reported today that it raised just under $5 million in the month of May.
New Yorkers didn't account for a particularly large proportion of the haul, with a handful of locals contributing just over $350,000 in total to the super PAC last month.
There were four contributions of $50,000: one from an employee of the private equity firm Clayton, Dubilier and Rice, one from Marc Rowan of the private equity firm Apollo Management, and one each from the philanthropists Herbert and Jeanne Siegel.
The largest local donation was $150,000 from Henry Cornell, a managing director at Goldman Sachs, who appears to be among the much-discussed class of disaffected Wall Streeters who supported President Obama in 2008.
Cornell contributed $30,800 to the Obama Victory Fund in 2008, but hasn't contributed to the president this cycle. He gave the maximum individual contribution of $2,500 to Mitt Romney's campaign in May of last year.
Obama raised more than a million dollars from Goldman in 2008, swamping John McCain's mere $240,000 from the company, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. But the president badly trails Romney this time around, having raised just $91,574 from Goldman, to Romney's $577,580 thus far.
The one other New York donor was Lynn Wagner, a math tutor from Clifton Park, who gave $25.
UPDATE: This story originally reported, based on the FEC report, that the firm Clayton, Dubilier and Rice made one of the $50,000 contributions. But a representative for the firm emailed to say that the firm did not make the contribution, and that it must have been made by an individual employee. <