THE BLOG
07/08/2013 12:40 pm ET Updated Sep 07, 2013

Famous friends including Al Gore help Bill Daley

Last week New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg came through for Bill Daley with a strong endorsement video. This week we learn that he also got out his personal checkbook.

A filing today with the Illinois State Board of Elections shows Bloomberg on June 30 donated $5,300 to the Daley campaign, which still is listed in official records as an exploratory venture.

Other prominent names on today's filing are Mickey Kantor (like Daley, a commerce secretary in the Clinton White House; $3,500), David Pritzker ($1,000), Lizzie Tisch (wife of Lowes Chairman Jonathan Tisch; $5,300) and Chicago-based Boeing Co. ($25,000).

This follows an electronic filing on Saturday that included a $5,300 donation from former Vice-President Al Gore (who these days is a self-employed "author and speaker). Also donating $5,300 to the Daley campaign are former Clinton White House Chief of Staff Erskine Bowles, five more members of Chicago's Pritzker family and Loews Chairman Jonathan Tisch.

A week ago, Daley announced via Twitter that his campaign had raised $800,000 in less than three weeks. Candidates were required to report their fundraising totals for the second quarter on July 1.

A rundown and explanation are here.