WASHINGTON — GOP presidential hopeful Chris Christie hits Chicago on Wednesday for a downtown fundraiser en route to Iowa — and one of the hosts, attorney Dan Webb, also is a donor to Democrat Hillary Clinton’s campaign.
Webb’s vote is for Christie, the New Jersey governor.
“My only comment is that I contribute all the time to cross rivals. My main focus is on Gov. Christie — he is the Republican best hope to win the WH,” Webb told me by email when I asked him about the donations.
As for Republican front-runner Donald Trump, Webb said, “I am apparently one of the few Republicans who still thinks that a candidate who is clearly biased against Hispanics, women and Armed Forces war heros will not be able to build a base to win (the) WH in the general election. It is impossible for Trump to beat Clinton — Christie can.”
Webb, a partner at Winston & Strawn, was just tapped by Mayor Rahm Emanuel to lead a review of the City Hall law department in the wake of lawsuits spawned by police shootings.
Webb is a Republican, though Federal Election Commission contribution records shows that last May, he donated $2,700 to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and then sent that same amount in July to Christie’s war chest.
In the Illinois Senate race, Webb contributed $1,000 to Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., in May, and in June sent Democratic Senate contender Andrea Zopp $2,700.
The Christie funder also is co-hosted by Gregg Sherrill, the chairman and CEO of Tenneco Inc., and Greg Brown, the Motorola Solutions executive.
The event is at The Chicago Club, 81 E. Van Buren, the day before the Republican primary contenders meet for the last debate before the Monday Iowa caucus vote. The fundraiser prices range from $2,700 to $1,000.