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The Obama-Corzine Connection

Jon Corzine’s Troubles

Former New Jersey senator and governor Jon Corzine, former Goldman Sachs CEO and MF Global CEO, finds himself now in a heap of trouble. Here is a (partial) list of Corzine’s troubles.

Corzine’s and MF Global’s Political Contributions

MF Global employees, since 2007, contributed $408,000 to federal candidates and political parties, including $38,000 to President Barack Obama, the largest recipient of MF Global employee contributions. During the 2008 election, Democrats received 68 percent of MF Global employees’ contributions. But after Corzine joined in 2010, employees contributed 97 percent of MF Global-related campaign contributions to Democrats. Democrats maintained that advantage, with about 94 percent of MF Global employee donations through June, 2011. Jon Corzine and his spouses have given more than $917,000 to Democrat federal campaigns and state political parties during the last two decades. A supporter of Obama, Corzine fund-raised for Obama during his 2008 presidential campaign, and has leaned on his moneyed friends and connections to bundle about $500,000 so far for Obama’s 2012 run.

What Do Corzine’s Financial and Legal Troubles Mean To Obama?

President Obama referred to Corzine as ‘our guy on Wall Street’ at a meeting of Democrat governors in Chicago in 2008. Corzine has also played a “Central Role” in Obama’s Wall Street fundraising efforts, but that role is now threatened by his financial troubles. A list of top “bundlers” put Corzine in the highest category, reporting that he had raised more than $500,000 for the Obama campaign, with a big part coming from a $35,800 per ticket fundraiser that Corzine hosted at his wife’s Fifth Avenue apartment. The event was advertised as part of an effort by Obama’s campaign team to reach out to rich Wall Street donors who had been put off by some of his policies and comments. A few months after that fund-raiser MF Global surprised many Wall Street investors by issuing securities notes that highlighted Corzine’s close relationship with the White House. The notes, which promised to pay an extra 1% if Corzine departed, suggested that the former New Jersey governor might be in line for a top administration post should the president get re-elected. Corzine was one of the leading Wall Street fundraisers for President Obama’s campaign.

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