Chris Christie's finance team is practicing what it preaches.
Nearly all of the bigwigs guiding the Christie presidential campaign's fundraising efforts have donated to the pro-Christie super PAC America Leads, according to midyear filings with the Federal Election Commission released Friday.
America Leads took in about $11 million—a figure the group released earlier this month ahead of Friday's filing deadline—and spent $270,000. The governor's finance team was responsible for roughly $2.36 million of the total contributions.
One such member, hedge-fund manager Steven A. Cohen, has long been a fan of the governor's. He and his wife, Alexandra, each donated $1 million to America Leads. They can afford it: According to a Forbes ranking, Cohen is one of the richest men on the globe, as the chairman and CEO of Point72 Asset Management. It's a "new venue"—to use The Wall Street Journal's phrasing—for his business, after the firm he founded, SAC Capital Advisors, pleaded guilty to insider-trading charges last year.
Rounding out the team's contributions: $250,000 from Ken Langone, who cofounded Home Depot and has promised to do some serious bundling on Christie's behalf; $10,000 from Tom Foley, president of a private investment group and former Connecticut gubernatorial candidate; and $100,000 from Meg Whitman, the CEO of Hewlett-Packard who once ran for governor in California. Carly Fiorina, who's also running for president, was the head of HP several years before Whitman was named to the position.
America Leads saw donations from several more boldface names. Steve Wynn, the Las Vegas-based casino magnate who says he predicted the downfall of Atlantic City, New Jersey, contributed $25,000. His resorts company was a major donor to the Republican Governors Association under Christie's leadership, and he's met with Christie privately in the last year. And WWE cofounder Linda McMahon, who twice ran for Senate in Connecticut and lost, gave $100,000. She's helped organize fundraisers for another Christie-supporting PAC, Leadership Matters for America, which will also release its financials on Friday.
A company run by Reebok founder Paul Fireman, Winecup-Gamble Inc. in Nevada, donated $1 million to America Leads. Fireman is now a venture capitalist based in Boston, but he's had his sights set on Christie's home state for a while now: He's proposed building a multibillion-dollar casino in Jersey City.
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