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10/ 6/06

3:40 PM


Moguls Give It Up For Their Favorite Pols

Business moguls may be of one mind when it comes to chasing money, power, and trophy spouses, but they are varied in their political passions. Some billionaires — Ronald Perelman, George Steinbrenner, Donald Trump — steer their yachts in local waters. Others — Rupert Murdoch, Leonard Lauder, Stephen Schwartzman — try to influence distant races, channeling support toward candidates whose success is deemed vital to the health of their parties and, presumably, to said moguls' bottom lines. Here's a look at where local captains of commerce have been tossing their bucks.

Leonard Blavatnik, chairman, Access Industries
Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee: $26,700
HillPac: $5,000
As of late August, Hillary Clinton's PAC had raised $2.3 million this election cycle.

Michael Bloomberg, mayor, City of New York; founder, Bloomberg LP
John Sweeney for Congress: $4,200
Sweeney, a Republican incumbent who represents the upstate Twentieth District, is leading in the polls against challenger Kirsten Gillibrand.

Edgar Bronfman Sr., former CEO, Seagram Co. Ltd.
Edgar Bronfman Jr., chairman and CEO, Warner Music Group
Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee: $15,000
Harold Ford Jr. for Tennessee: $1,000
Ford, a Democrat, is running against GOP incumbent and Senate majority leader Bill Frist. If he wins, Ford will become the South's first black senator since Reconstruction.

Barry Diller, chairman and CEO, InterActiveCorp
InterActive Corp Political Action Committee (a.k.a. IACPAC): $1,656
Diller's right-leaning PAC has raised $92,000 since the end of August.

Charles Dolan, founder and chairman, Cablevision Systems Corp.
Ned Lamont for Senate: $2,100
Lamont, an antiwar Democrat, upset longtime incumbent Joe Lieberman in the Connecticut primary. Lieberman is now running as an independent against Lamont and Republican Alan Schlesinger.
Mike DeWine for U.S. Senate: $2,100
DeWine, an incumbent Republican from Ohio, is in a tight contest against Democratic representative Sherrod Brown.

David Geffen, CEO, Dreamworks SKG
John Hall for Congress: $2,100
Hall, a musician and environmental activist, is trying to unseat four-term GOP incumbent Sue Kelly.
Harold Ford Jr.: $2,100

Carl C. Icahn, founder, Icahn Partners
Shelley Berkley for Congress: $3,000
Berkley, a Nevada Democrat, is running for her fifth term in the House.
Solutions America PAC: $5,000
Rudy Giuliani's Republican PAC had raised $2.3 million as of the end of August.

Evelyn and Leonard Lauder, executives, Estée Lauder Companies
Joe Lieberman for Senate: $5,300
Spitzer-Paterson 2006: $20,000

Rupert Murdoch, chairman, News Corp.
National Republican Senatorial Committee: $7,500
Friends of Hillary: $4,200

Ronald Perelman, chairman, MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings Inc.
Chris Chocola for Congress: $4,200
Republican incumbent Chocola is trying to save his House seat in Connecticut.
National Republican Congressional Committee: $15,000

Stephen Schwarzman, chairman, CEO, and co-founder, the Blackstone Group
Volunteer PAC: $5,000
Republican senator Bill Frist chairs this PAC, which recruits and supports Republican candidates.
Friends of Patrick J. Kennedy Inc.: $4,200
The Democratic congressman is trying to hold on to his seat following a visit to rehab in May.

George Steinbrenner, owner, New York Yankees
Phyllis Busansky for Congress: $1,000
Democrat Busansky is looking to fill the congressional seat of retiring Republican Michael Bilirakis. She is running against Bilirakis's son Gus.
Spitzer-Paterson 2006: $15,000

The Tisch Family (Joan, son Jonathan, and nephew Andrew), executives, Loews Corp.
Friends of Joe Lieberman: $7,600
Harold Ford Jr. for Tennessee: $6,300

Donald Trump, chairman, the Trump Organization
Jeanine Pirro for Attorney General: $20,000
Andrew Cuomo for Attorney General: $10,000

Find out who your favorite mogul donated to at the Federal Election Commission.

Jon Steinberg