Among the other noteworthy donors to Emanuel on the report filed Thursday with the Illinois State Board of Elections was Blair Hull, the wealthy financier and one of the Democrats who lost the state's 2004 Democratic Senate primary to now President Barack Obama. Hull, who spent $29 million from his own pocket on his Senate bid, gave $2,500 at the end of November. Around the same time, Joel Johnson, a managing director at the Washington, D.C.-based Glover Park Group, gave $15,000 to Emanuel. Johnson and Emanuel are friends and fellow veterans of the Clinton White House.
Also listed on the latest report are former Clinton administration Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin, who gave $10,000, and Roger Altman, who served as deputy treasury secretary in the Clinton administration and gave $50,000. Under Illinois campaign finance law, Emanuel could receive unlimited donations from individuals before Dec. 31. But the law changed on Jan. 1, and individual contributions to candidates are now limited to $5,000.
Emanuel is the frontrunner in next month's primary, but he must win 50 percent of the vote to avoid a runoff. A new Chicago Tribune/WGN poll found the former Congressman had 44 percent, followed by former Sen. Carol Moseley Braun at 21 percent, former Chicago schools president Gery Chico at 16 percent and Chicago City Clerk Miguel del Valle at 7 percent.
Emanuel left the White House in early October to run for mayor. In addition to the more than $10 million that his campaign raised through the end of the year, he also transferred $1.1 million from his former Congressional account to his mayoral bid.