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Prominent Jewish donors among top Biden bundlers

Jeffrey Katzenberg, Marc Lasry and Nikki Fried make the list of the 800 biggest campaign fundraisers

(Democratic National Convention via AP)

Former Vice President Joe Biden smiles after the roll call vote during the second night of the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020.

Ahead of Election Day, former Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign released an extensive list of more than 800 of its biggest fundraisers — who brought in $100,000 or more for the campaign — featuring a number of well-known figures in the Jewish community.

The list includes Quibi founder Jeffrey Katzenberg, Comcast lobbyist David Cohen, casino magnate Neil Bluhm, entrepreneur Paul Egerman, Milwaukee Bucks Senior Vice President Alex Lasry, philanthropist Lisa Pritzker, and lawyers Mark Donig and Marc Stanley. 

“[I’m] glad to help the campaign and end our collective nightmare,” Stanley told JI.

Investors Blair Effron, Jon Gray, Marc Lasry, Jonathan Lavine, Jonathan Soros, Alan Leventhal and Stephen Mandel and Bloomberg LP senior advisor Joshua Steiner are also among Biden’s top fundraisers.

Michael Kempner, the CEO of public relations firm MWWPR who was also on the list, said he’s feeling confident about Biden’s chances.

“I’ve been a supporter of Joe Biden’s for 40 years, and truly believe that he is the best person for the job, combined with the urgency of getting rid of Donald Trump, it was an obvious decision” to fundraise for the campaign, Kempner told JI.

Numerous former Obama and Clinton administration officials, including former Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin, counterterrorism official Jarrod Bernstein, Ambassador Susan Levine, Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, Deputy Secretary of State Tom Nides, Export-Import Bank Chairman Fred Hochberg and Federal Trade Commission Chair Jon Leibowitz have also been key Biden supporters.

Some of the most prominent Jewish members of Congress, including Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Reps. Ted Deutch (D-FL), Brad Schneider (D-IL), Brad Sherman (D-CA) and Jackie Speier (D-CA), and former Rep. Steve Israel are also on the list, as is Nikki Fried, Florida’s agriculture commissioner and the only statewide elected Democrat.

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