Don’t Speak, I Know Just What You’re Bundling

Gwen Stefani in the video for her 2004 single, "Rich Girl."YouTube

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There’s no doubt about whom pop singer Gwen Stefani wants running our tragic kingdom come 2013: Barack Obama.

Stefani, according to a list of bundlers released by the Obama campaign, is among the most effective fundraisers the president has. Stefani raised half a million dollars for the Obama campaign, more than heavy hitting politicos like former president Bill Clinton and former secretary of state Madeline Albright. Here’s the breakdown from the Center for Public Integrity:

Notable additions to the list include Madeleine Albright, who served as secretary of state under former President Bill Clinton and has raised at least $200,000; pop singer Gwen Stefani, who raised at least $500,000; fashion designer Tom Ford, who has raised at least $500,000; and Warner Brothers CEO and Chairman Barry Meyer and his wife Wendy, who raised at least $500,000.

Other new bundlers include former U.S. Rep. Steve Kagen of Wisconsin, who raised at least $200,000; Connecticut Gov. Daniel Malloy, who raised at least $200,000; and former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist of Florida, who raised at least $100,000 and spoke at the Democratic National Convention last month.

That’s bananas. B-A-N-A-N-A-S. The Romney campaign might have interesting bundlers as well, but unlike previous Republican campaigns they don’t release their names. So it’s hard to tell, underneath it all, who is raising funds for Romney.

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