It’s a name synonymous with Democratic political royalty — and ready access to political contributions.
Joe Kennedy III, a son of former Massachusetts congressman Joseph Kennedy II and a grandson of the late Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, raised $1.3 million for his Massachusetts congressional campaign in the first three months of this year, one of the highest totals by any candidate for Congress this year. Joe Kennedy III is a county prosecutor who’s seeking to succeed retiring Democratic Representative Barney Frank.
Kennedy’s father donated to his campaign. So did cousin Patrick, a former Rhode Island congressman whose father, Ted Kennedy, represented Massachusetts in the Senate for 47 years until his death in 2009.
Here are just a handful of names in the Kennedy political orbit you’ll find on candidate Kennedy’s hefty donor list:
–Mary Beth Cahill: A chief of staff to Ted Kennedy when he was in the Senate, and the manager of Massachusetts senator John Kerry’s 2004 presidential campaign
–Bill Carrick: Democratic strategist who worked on Ted Kennedy’s 1980 presidential campaign
–Greg Craig: A former White House counsel to President Obama, Craig advised Ted Kennedy on defense issues in the 1980s and represented him during the 1991 rape trial of his nephew, William Kennedy Smith.
–Chris Dodd: The chairman of the Motion Picture Association of America, Dodd was one of Ted Kennedy’s closest friends as a senator from neighboring Connecticut.
–Paul Kirk: The former Democratic National Committee chairman was close to Ted Kennedy and appointed to succeed him as senator on an interim basis after Kennedy’s death.
–Christopher Lawford: an author who is the son of actor Peter Lawford and Patricia Kennedy, a sister of former president John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy and Edward Kennedy.