The Democratic National Committee raised $6.1 million last month, when President Barack Obama raised money for the party in Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles on a pre-Thanksgiving fundraising blitz.
The DNC began December with $5.2 million in cash-on-hand and $15.6 million in debts, according to a filing it made today with the Federal Election Commission.
The committee raised $60.5 million in the first 11 months of this year, down from $99.4 million in 2011 and $79.2 million in 2009. Without an Obama re-election operation actively raising Democratic money, the DNC’s receipts are way down from 2011.
Donors giving the maximum $32,400 donation last month included Zynga Inc. chairman Mark Pincus, who was among technology company executives who met with Obama at the White House on Dec. 17.
Billionaire Sean Parker, Facebook’s founding president, and Salesforce.com Inc. co-founder Parker Harris each gave $32,400 to the DNC last month. Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff hosted Obama for a DNC fundraiser at his “multi-home complex near the Presidio” in San Francisco, as Bloomberg’s Julie Bykowicz chronicled here.
Benioff, who raised money for Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign, hosted the DNC fundraiser a few weeks after making a political donation to House Speaker John Boehner, an Ohio Republican.
Google Inc. senior vice president Susan Wojcicki also sent $32,400 to the DNC last month. Some senior executives at Mountain View, California-based Google have made large donations to competing party organizations, sometimes on the same day, underscoring Google’s interest in building and nurturing bipartisan relationships in a divided Congress.
Men’s Wearhouse founder George Zimmer gave $32,400 to the DNC last month and filmmaker Ken Burns donated $16,200.