Who’s with whom

By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  March 29, 2007

But as noted above, many of Dodd’s prominent Boston-area friends have not yet committed full-tilt to help his campaign. Crowe is holding off on choosing between his good friends Biden and Dodd. O’Neill is in the same boat, choosing to aid both. “I’m in the mood to help friends,” he says. “Joe Biden’s people would like to have me to themselves, and so would Chris Dodd’s.”

For that to happen, Dodd will need to prove he’s a viable candidate. If he does, more Boston power players will kick into action.

Former North Carolina Senator John Edwards
Edwards has a surprisingly low-key Massachusetts presence, and even appears to be losing the support of some of those who helped him in the 2004 campaign. Back then, the area’s trial lawyers — second only to labor as big, reliable Democratic contributors — rallied around him.

Some of the old crowd is giving to him again, but not exclusively. Leo Boyle, a past president of the American Trial Lawyers Association, has donated to both Edwards and Biden in the past, but says he’s waiting things out for now. Meanwhile, Michael Thornton is supporting Obama.

Of course, Edwards doesn’t need them the way he did as a relative unknown in 2003. “His family is a lot bigger now,” Boyle says. “It’s not that the support from his legal family has diminished, but people have many good candidates to look at, and he has many other groups he’s talking to.”

But MacDonald says that fundraising in the state is going very well — and that when supporters’ names do come out, it will include many familiar ones. “What was difficult and rocky terrain four years ago is now very fertile” for fundraising, he says.

Edwards also has Beth Leonard, a Menino operative, who previously worked on Kerry’s campaign. No doubt she’s working her contacts back in Boston.

Illinois Senator Barack Obama
Obama’s Harvard Law School connections are working hard to help him; some are flung far and wide, but many are right here in and around Cambridge, including marquee names Lawrence Tribe and Charles Ogletree.

Perhaps not surprisingly, some local African-Americans are supporting Obama, including ubiquitous public-relations guru Collette Phillips and William Cowan of Mintz Levin.

But an impressive roster of insiders has also joined the cause. In addition to Solomont, Obama has former Paul Tsongas campaign chair Barry White; Tom Reilly hand Bob Sherman; Bill Clinton advisor Betsy Myers; and outgoing state-party chair Philip Johnston.

He also has some venture capitalists and young professionals, but hasn’t yet really seen an influx of the energetic progressives who helped put Deval Patrick in office. In fact, even some supporters concede that Obama’s local fundraising effort has been a little slow-starting — his first big event here won’t take place until next month (at Boston University’s Agganis Arena, if plans pan out), which is after the critical first-quarter reporting deadline. “We’re building the plane as we taxi down the runway,” Solomont says.

New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson
Richardson’s slow start in this state may be the most surprising early development. Richardson has the truest Massachusetts roots of the group, having gone to high school in Milton and to Tufts University for both his undergraduate and graduate degrees. His wife, Barbara, grew up in Concord. Plus, “he’s the only candidate who can genuinely claim to be a Red Sox fan,” says Jeff Gulko, a Boston supporter, along with his father, Larry.

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Biden
David A. Boyarsky, real estate
John Cahill, O’Neill & Associates, lobbyist
Jack Connors, Hill Holliday founder
George Cronin, Rasky Baerlein, PR
Kevin Fitzgerald, former state representative
Chad Gifford, Bank of America
Bob Glovsky, Mintz Levin, lobbyist
Ed Goldman, WBZ/ProMedia
Mary Liz Kane, Liberty Square Group, PR
Woody Kaplan, ACLU, activist
Larry Rasky, Rasky Barlein, PR

Clinton
Bonnie Berger, Boston College professor
Beth Boland, Bingham McCutcheon
Mary Breslauer, Human Rights Campaign
George Cloutier, AMS
Evan Dobelle, former DNC Treasurer
Thomas Glynn, Partners Healthcare
Deborah Goldberg, lieutenant-governor candidate
Steve Grossman, Mass Envelope
Rebecca Haag, AIDS Action
Gordon Hayes, LeBoeuf Lamb, corporate law
Swanee Hunt, former ambassador
Howard Kessler, financier
Elaine Kirshenbaum, Mass Medical
Barbara Lee, philanthropist
Marc Pacheco, state senator
Jonathan Patsavos, Kerry finance director
Lois Pines, former state senator
Alix Ritchie, Provincetown Banner
Gail Roberts, real estate
Donald L. Saunders, hotelier
Elaine & Gerry Schuster, financiers

Dodd
Charles Baker, Dewey Square Group, PR
Charles Campion, Dewey Square Group, PR
Michael Danziger
Nina & David Fialkow, venture capitalists
John Fowler
Richard Friedman, developer
Nick Littlefield, Foley Hoag, law
Patrick Lyons, club owner
Kevin Phelan, Meredith & Grew, real estate

Edwards
Beth Leonard, former Kerry aide
Alex MacDonald, trial attorney

Obama
Barry Bluestone, Northeastern University
William Cowan, Mintz Levin, lobbyist
Cheryl Cronin, Brown Rudnick, law
Philip Edmundson, insurance
Paul Eggerman, entrepreneur
Bernie & Carol Fulp, Go Biz/John Hancock
Mark Goodman, venture capitalist
Philip Johnston, party chair
Geoff Lewis, attorney
Betsy Myers, former Bill Clinton advisor
Scott Nathan, investor
Don Nova, venture capitalist
Charles Ogletree, Harvard Law School
Michael Perik, publishing
Collette Phillips, public relations
Alan Solomont, venture capitalist
Michael Thornton, trial attorney
Larry Tribe, Harvard Law School
Barry White, Foley Hoag

Richardson
Dorothy Dyer
Larry Gulko, brand marketer
Thomas J. Holloway, attorney
Pat Keenan-Loope
Bill Kennedy
David Rice
Oscar Soto, AIDS activist

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