Muckety mover - Washington, Hollywood and New York boosted Emanuel campaign

By Laurie Bennett

February 23, 2011 at 11:02am
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“You sure know how to make a guy feel at home,” Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel told Chicagoans Tuesday night.

Yet it wasn’t just local residents who propelled him into office.

Emanuel not only had the backing of his former boss, President Barack Obama; he also had a $12 million campaign chest. An analysis by the Chicago News Cooperative found that less than half the funds came from Chicago and nearly 30 percent came from outside Illinois.

California and New York were big nodes on the campaign finance network.

Emanuel’s brother, Hollywood agent Ari Emanuel, organized a fundraiser in November. California donors include entertainment figures (Steven Spielberg, David Geffen) and technology titans (Steve Jobs, James Clark, Sean Parker).

A former partner at Wasserstein Perella, Emanuel also attracted big contributions from financial firms in Chicago and Manhattan.

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