WASHINGTON — Only two Minnesotans were invited to last night’s state dinner at the White House, and they’re two of the biggest fundraisers for President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign.
Sam Heins and Stacey Mills of the Minneapolis law firm Heins, Mills and Olson were among the Obama “bundlers” who attended the White House’s state dinner in honor of British Prime Minister David Cameron on Wednesday night. Bundlers are fundraisers who not only donate the legal maximum to a candidate, but solicit contributions from others and deliver them to the campaign. Heins and Mills are Obama’s top Minnesota bundlers, bringing in $251,458 for the president’s re-election effort, according to OpenSecrets.
The White House announced a guest list of 364 people for last night’s state dinner. By ABC News’s count, 41 of them were bundlers, including seven people who have raised more than $500,000 for Obama.
After Heins and Mills, three other Minnesotans have bundled donations for Obama, according to OpenSecrets: Dean Phillips of Phillips Distilling ($197,050), attorney Richard Cohen ($27,875) and Dorsey and Whitney’s Amy Sterner ($2,950).
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