WASHINGTON–Bill Daley, who launched his race for Illinois governor last week, donated $100,000 to his warchest, while tapping long-time friends here, New York and Florida to help bankroll his Democratic primary bid, according to a report filed on Monday.
Daley contributed the $100,000 to his “William M. Daley Exploratory Committee” on June 11; a big enough sum to show that Daley is just not marking time waiting to see if Attorney General Lisa Madigan jumps in the contest.
The Daley campaign filed its first report of campaign contributions of $1,000 or more on Monday afternoon. Daley is President Barack Obama’s former chief of staff; Commerce Secretary under former President Bill Clinton and a former executive at JP Morgan Chase.
The 15 other donors included:
$5,300 each from Ira and Nicki Harris, of Palm Beach, Fl. former Chicagoans and active in the Chicago philanthropic community.
$5,300 each from Roger Altman and his wife, Jurate Kazickas of New York; Altman now is an investment banker who served with Daley in the Clinton administration.
$5,300 from Peter Scher, of Washington who worked for Daley at JP Morgan Chase and with him in the Clinton administration.
$5,300 from Michael Berman, a Democratic activist, lobbyist here and long-time Daley friend.
Madigan has about $4 million in her campaign fund.