Obama Foundation did little fundraising since Chicago announcement

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Martin Nesbitt, chairman of the board of the Barack Obama Foundation, announces that the Barack Obama Presidential Library is headed to the South Side of Chicago during a news conference on Tuesday, May 12, 2015. | Ashlee Rezin/For Sun-Times Media

WASHINGTON — The Barack Obama Foundation, headquartered in Chicago, raised little money since the announcement in May that the Obama presidential library and museum will be built on the city’s South Side.

That’s not surprising. In May, I reported“after raising $5.4 million in 2014, the Chicago-based Barack Obama foundation is scaling back its fundraising this year and dropping the use of an outside fundraising firm.”

While the foundation does voluntarily disclose donors, it does not provide hometowns or occupations or other clues to figure out who some of the contributors are for sure.The foundation created a disclosure system designed to obfuscate the amount of the exact donation of contributors listed on its website.

The good news is the foundation files an IRS tax form 990 each year listing the donors and their precise contributions. The 990 for the 2014 tax year was released last May.

Anyway, the foundation listed four new donors for the last quarter, covering April, May and June. They areEllen Benson;Family of Joe “Butch” Martin;Jennifer and Jeremy Haile andDonald E. Butterfield. They gave somewhere between $200 and $100,000.

Big donors giving more are, according to the website posting,Lise Strickler & Mark Gallogly;Marilyn & Jim Simons andBeth and David Shaw. The 990 filed in May showed the Simons and Gallogly donating $340,000; the Shaws gave $250,000. What they contributed in the last quarter was not disclosed.

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