WASHINGTON--Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's NATO Host Committee raised a whopping $36.5 million for the May NATO summit from 34 corporate donors--many based in Chicago or the surrounding area. That's on top of $19.1 million in federal money that has been in the pipeline to help cover the massive security costs.
The fund-raising drive--involving asks for more than $1 million--was quarterbacked by Emanuel's longtime professional fund-raiser, Anne Olaimey, working for the host committee.
The Host Committee also unveiled its official website, which includes the list of donors;
( www.chicagonato.org ) however, the amounts each company donated will not be revealed until June, according to Jen Martinez, a spokesman for the committee.
Donors: UPS; Walgreens; Wal-Mart; AECOM; Allstate; Corning; DLA Piper; Edelman; Grosvenor Capital Management LP; McDonald's; John Buck Co.; Joseph Freed Associates; Honeywell; ITW; JP Morgan; Raytheon; Citi; Duke Energy: FedEx; Health Care Service Corp.; Baxter; BMO Harris Bank; Chevron; CBOE; United Airlines; GE; Motorola Solutions; Pepsico; Caterpillar; CME Group; Exelon; Abbott; AT&T and Boeing Corp.
From the Host Committee: "This website is a tool to help keep residents, visitors and summit participants informed about events leading up to and surrounding the NATO Summit," said Lori Healey, Executive Director of the Host Committee. "We hope the site will also serve as an educational resource for individuals interested in learning more about NATO."
"....The site also features a guest blog by White House Deputy National
Security Adviser for Strategic Communications Ben Rhodes who will be
providing a unique insider's look behind the summits.