Billionaire brothersDirk and Daniel Ziffalso contributed to Spitzer, writing $12,500 checks each.David Shaw, who runsD.E. Shaw & Co., also wrote a check for $5,000.Mari Kooi, who runs fund of fundsWolf Asset Management International,plunked down $15,000. EvenNoreen Harrington, one-time informant who brought the mutual fund market-timing scandal to the forefront and is now prepping her own hedge fund, chipped in $1,000.
Also in the mix are some hedge fund managers who are personal friends of the AG.Emmanuel Pearlman, who runs activist firmLiberation Investment Group, said his firm's $2,500 contribution was due to his friendship with Spitzer. The two attendedHorace Mann School, a top private high school in the Riverdale section of the Bronx. Fund of funds firmGordon Asset Managementchipped in $10,000 because its head,Arthur Gordon, is friends with the Spitzer family, said a firm spokesman.
There are other well-known denizens of the hedge fund industry on board as well, including billionaireLouis BaconofMoore Capital Management($15,000) and retired legendMichael Steinhardt($10,000). These two were introduced to Spitzer by another contributor,Lee Hennessee, who runs theHennessee Group. Hennessee said she is a longtime friend of Spitzer's wife,Silda, as both originally hail from North Carolina.
On the GOP side,Stanley DruckenmillerofDuquesne Capital Management,gave $48,527 toWilliam Weld, the former Governor of Massachusetts who is now seeking to be chief of the Empire State. AndBruce KovnerofCaxton Associatesis backingJohn Faso, a former Assemblyman. He has given $60,700 to the campaign. Records also show a Stanley Druckenmiller of Manhattan contributing to Spitzer's campaign, though it was unclear at press time if the Druckenmillers--listed under different addresses--are one and the same.
Spitzer is widely presumed to be his party's nominee. No front-runner has yet emerged from the Republican camp.
Federal campaign finance laws limit the amount of the money individuals may contribute to candidates seeking federal office; state elections have no such restrictions.
|Contributions To Eliot Spitzer|
|Gordon Asset Management||$10,000|
|Liberation Investment Group||$2,500|
|Bruce Kovner||$60,700||John Faso|
|Stanley Druckenmiller||$48,527||William Weld|
|Source: New York State Board of Elections|