WASHINGTON---Chicago mayoral hopeful Rahm Emanuel collected $10.6 million for his campaign since he jumped in the race last fall, on top of $1.1 million he had left over from his House political warchest.
Emanuel's warchest was bolstered by his two chief fund-raisers: Anne Olaimey, an Emanuel campaign senior advisor who has fund-raised for Emanuel's other campaigns and Jordan Kaplan, the Emanuel campaign finance director who was one of Obama's top fund-raisers while Obama was in the Senate and for Obama's 2008 presidential campaign.
Emanuel--who got his start in politics as a professional fund-raiser--raised the money under Illinois rules that allowed him--only as of Dec. 31--to collect unlimited campaign cash from individuals. Under new rules in place on Jan. 1, each person is limited to $5,000.
The full report is not yet available--it will be later today--to see the breakdown of mega donations and where Emanuel's donors live.
Statement from the Emanuel campaign: "Not only do these contributions reflect the strength of our support across Chicago, but they include contributions from business and philanthropic leaders around the country who believe in Rahm's leadership and his vision for the city," said campaign manager Scott Fairchild. "In these tough economic times, Rahm has committed to raise private funds to support programs essential to Chicago, like a Race to the Top for schools and a local Dream Act for hardworking immigrant children. If elected, he will ask these donors and other leaders around the country to commit to investing in Chicago's future."