Rockefeller, Kerkorian Help DSCC Raise $3.54 Million

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Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W. Va., arrives in the Senate Reception Room before the ‘Vote-A-Rama’ on amendments to the budget resolution on March 22, 2013.

Sen. Jay Rockefeller isn’t seeking re-election next year, though the wealthy West Virginia Democrat is still using some of his personal fortune to help his party’s prospects in the midterm election.

Rockefeller donated the maximum $32,400 to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee in April, when the group raised $3.54 million, according to a report it filed this week to the Senate public records office.

DSCC donors matching Rockefeller’s donation included Adam Aron, the chief executive officer of the Philadelphia 76ers basketball team; Arthur Blank, the owner of the Atlanta Falcons football team; billionaire investor Kirk Kerkorian; Bill Campbell, the non-executive chairman of Intuit Inc.; and Andrew T. Feldstein, the CEO of the hedge-fund firm BlueMountain Capital Management LLC.

Former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle and his wife, lobbyist Linda Hall Daschle, each gave $10,000 to the DSCC.

The DSCC began this month with $8.6 million cash-on-hand and $13.8 million in debts. In the 2014 election, Democrats presently are defending 21 Senate seats, including the one in West Virginia that Rockefeller is leaving open to retire. Democrats control 55 of the 100 Senate seats.

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