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On Obama’s Tennessee Bundlers

Michael Cass, in a blog post, is one up — well, two up, actually — on the New York Times in reporting on Tennessee bundlers for the Obama campaign.
Obama campaign documents obtained by The New York Times show how much money the president’s “bundlers” had raised through May, including three men from Nashville.
But the newspaper’s list is incomplete, omitting the names of two other Nashville-based fund-raisers who have raised at least $250,000 combined.
The list published by the Times says real estate mogul Bill Freeman raised $489,483 in 2011 and the first five months of 2012, while Tennessee Democratic Party Chairman Chip Forrester raised $362,475 and state party treasurer Dave Garrison brought in $316,050.
…it doesn’t include two other Nashville bundlers who are known to have raised a good bit more than $500 apiece: attorney Charles Robert Bone and venture capitalist Andrew Byrd.
A bundler list the Obama campaign released in late January showed Bone had raised between $200,000 and $500,000 for the re-election effort, while Byrd had brought in between $50,000 and $100,000.

Bredesen Denies Seeking Job With Obama Administration

A prominent Democratic Party donor who says U.S. Sen. Bob Corker is trying to help former Gov. Phil Bredesen get a top job in the Obama administration has urged the White House to resist the senator’s pleas, reports the Tennessean.
Real estate mogul Bill Freeman wrote to White House chief of staff William Daley on Dec. 28, saying he had learned on a recent trip to Washington that Bredesen, a Democrat, had asked Corker, a Republican, “to make calls to the administration on his behalf.”
Freeman, co-founder of Freeman Webb Co., wrote that Bredesen was seeking a senior position in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where Bredesen was a candidate for the top job after President Barack Obama took office in 2009.
“This is mind-boggling to me,” Freeman wrote in a letter obtained by The Tennessean, adding that a Bredesen appointment “would increase the odds that (Corker) would be able to retain his Senate seat in 2012.”
In an interview Monday, Freeman said he had heard about Corker’s calls from a White House official — whom he declined to name — at a holiday party there last month.
But Corker and Bredesen, 68, said they’ve never talked about the senator making any calls to the Democratic administration on Bredesen’s behalf. When asked whether he had made any calls of his own initiative, Corker laughed, replied, “I’ll see you later, good luck,” and signed off.
…”I am emphatically not seeking any jobs in Health and Human Services or anywhere else up there. I’m quite happy doing what I’m doing,” the former health-care executive (Bredesen) said, citing business interests and speeches he has been giving on health care across the country.