Having an extensive network can come in handy, especially when it comes to hosting lavish benefits and private dinners for political figures.
President Obama has garnered the help of highly influential individuals armed with wide social networks and equally deep pockets to help bring him one step closer to securing four more years in the White House.
Included in this list of bundlers are African American supporters of President Obama, such as multimillionaire Mellody Hobson, Texas Sen. Rodney Ellis, and iconic filmmaker Spike Lee, all of whom have organized multiple fundraisers and donated to Obama's campaign.
Check out these black power players from across the nation who have successfully raised funds stemming from $50,000 dollars to over $500,000 for Obama for America and the Obama Victory Fund in 2012, as reported by the President's official website.
Debra Lee, the chairman and Chief Executive Officer of BET Networks, has raised at least $50,000 dollars for Obama's re-election campaign, <a href="http://www.opensecrets.org/pres12/bundlers.php" target="_hplink">according to OpenSecrets.org</a>.
Sen. Rodney Ellis
Elected to the Texas State Senate in 1990, Sen. Rodney Ellis of Houston, Texas, has bundled between $50,000 to $100,000 dollars to President Obama's 2012 campaign.
Considered one of the top Obama bundlers, millionaire developer Donahue Peebles of Washington D.C. has raised between $100,000 to $200,000 dollars for the president's re-election campaign. Still, Peebles has <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/10/r-donahue-pebles-obama-fundraiser_n_1663361.html" target="_hplink">publicly criticized aspects of Obama's current campaign</a>.
As president of Ariel Investments, Mellody Hobson has bundled at least $500,000 dollars for the 2012 Obama campaign. The multimilionarie hails from Chicago, Illinois, and is considered a power networker within highly influential circles.
Nikema Williams (pictured left,) the Director of Public Policy for Planned Parenthood, has donated between $50,000 to $100,000 to the 2012 Obama campaign. Williams is also the First Vice Chair of the Democratic Party of Georgia.
The queen of media has been a vocal advocate of President Obama since before he even officially announced his decision to run for president in 2007. In 2012 alone, <a href="http://fundrace.huffingtonpost.com/neighbors.php?type=name&lname=winfrey&fname=oprah&search=Search" target="_hplink">Oprah Winfrey has donated funds at least twice to Obama for America and at least $35,800 dollars to the Obama Victory Fund</a>.
The <em>Madea's Witness Protection</em> director and actor Tyler Perry has not only supported President Obama's re-election campaign by bundling at least $500,000 dollars through private benefits and high-profile concerts; <a href="http://thegrio.com/2012/07/06/tyler-perry-says-barack-obama-helped-him-kick-his-alcohol-habit/" target="_hplink">but has also pointed to the commander-in-chief as motivation for curbing a burgeoning "alcohol habit" following his mother's death</a>.
As of August, Magic Johnson and his fellow L.A. Dodgers owners have jointly donated almost $180,000 to President Obama's re-election campaign, <a href="http://www.wnyc.org/articles/its-free-country/2012/aug/20/map-your-favorite-sports-team-romney-or-obama/" target="_hplink">more than any other Major League Baseball team owners combined in 2012</a>.
Spike and Tonya Lewis Lee
Renowned filmmaker Spike Lee and wife Tonya Lewis, a multimedia producer, have fundraised at least $200,000 dollars for Obama's re-election in 2012. The <em>Do The RIght Thing</em> director and his wife have also hosted a benefit for President Obama at their home in New York. Lee has been consistently vocal about his support for Obama in the upcoming election. Yet in an interview with New York Magazine, <a href="http://www.vulture.com/2012/07/spike-lee-on-reality-tv-minstrelsy-and-hollywood.html?mid=twitter_nymag" target="_hplink">he has also predicted that the re-election campaign trail might not progress as smoothly as some desire</a>. "Bottom line, there are many people in America who look at themselves and say, 'Am I better now than I was before?'" Lee told the interviewers. "It is going to be tooth and nail, and I think it is going to get nasty.
Best known for his role as Detective Bunk on <em>The Wire</em>, actor Wendell Pierce has contributed at least $50,000 to the POTUS' current campaign. Pierce and several other cast members also teamed up to <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/23/obama-the-wire-fundraiser_n_1695240.html" target="_hplink">host a fundraiser in honor of President Obama in August 2012</a>. "How dare we have an enthusiasm gap?" <a href="http://nymag.com/daily/intel/2012/08/wire-fundraiser-obama-marthas-vineyard.html?mid=384224&rid=355457817" target="_hplink">Pierce reportedly asked at the event, referring to the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009</a>. "The call to service from this administration is the only reason I've gotten involved."
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