This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Matt Kwiecinski.
Two GW Law School professors are the biggest fundraisers in the D.C. area for President Barack Obama’s re-election bid, each raising over $500,000 in 2011.
Professor Spencer Overton and Associate Dean for Trial Advocacy Alfreda Robinson are “bundlers” for the Obama campaign – those who fundraise money independently and pass the checks to the campaign in big checks.
The law professors were among nine other D.C. lawyers that bundled for Obama’s reelection, raising a total of more than $1.8 million in 2011, according to a fiscal report released by Obama’s campaign Tuesday.
Overton, who teaches government ethics and campaign finance courses, and Robinson were the only two lawyers who live in the area who bundled more than $500,000
The list of bundlers did not include any other faculty members.
Presidential campaigns are not required to release the names of independent donors if they are not considered registered lobbyists. No Republican presidential candidate has disclosed a list of bundlers.
When the Obama campaign last released the list of campaign fundraisers in October, Overton and Robinson also topped the list by bundling between $200,000 and $500,000.
This post was updated on Feb. 5, 2012 to reflect the following:
The Hatchet incorrectly reported that bundlers combine donations into one check to hand over to campaigns. In fact, bundlers do not aggregate the funds into one lump sum check. They hand over a bundle of checks.