Three Atlantans help raise big money for Clinton

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Wednesday put out a list of her bundlers, donors who helped raise at least $100,000 for her presidential campaign. Three of them are from Atlanta.

The list is headlined by Gordon Giffin, a U.S. ambassador to Canada under President Bill Clinton and a longtime fixture in Georgia Democratic politics. Giffin, a close ally of former U.S. Sen. Sam Nunn’s, was a co-chairman of Michelle Nunn’s U.S. Senate candidacy last year.

Giffin also helped gather donors for Hillary Clinton’s closed-door Atlanta fundraiser in May, her only campaign visit to Georgia so far.

Pinney Allen, a board member of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, is a former head of the Atlanta Girls School and a partner at Alston and Bird. She’s a longtime big donor to Democratic candidates and causes.

Daniel Halpern, the CEO of Jackmont Hospitality, was a co-chairman of Kasim Reed’s successful mayoral bid in 2009 and an ally of Maynard Jackson’s before that. Reed appointed him chairman of the Atlanta Housing Authority board.

Halpern also served on the national finance committee for both Barack Obama’s presidential campaigns.

Clinton’s release of her second quarter “Hillblazers” is not a legal requirement but is consistent with frequent campaign practices. Individuals can only give $2,700 per election, but those who can round up pals to donate are coveted by campaigns — and often lavished with perks and patronage.

Clinton listed more than 150 bundlers in all, as she raised $46 million in the second quarter.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker plan to disclose their bundlers, while U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Marco Rubio of Florida will not, CNN reported.

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