MAYOR EMANUEL'S TOP DONORs

October 10, 2010 - December 31, 2014

The following data highlights Mayor Rahm Emanuel's top 60 donors to his election campaign fund from October 2010 through December 2014 and their connection to various patronage projects in Chicago. Donor benefits run the gamut from city approval for development projects to political endorsements and appointments. 
Donor Contribution Connection
AT&T $127,600.00 City Telecommunications contract. Donations from AT&T Illinois Employee PAC
Bartlit, Beck, Herman, Palenchar and Scott $162,300.00 Law partner on CHA board
BDT Capital Partners, LLC $70,900.00 Managing partner Byron Trott appointed to World Business Chicago; BDT bought and re-developing Wrigley Building
Beacon Capital Partners $137,000.00 Office building redevelopments.
Centerview Partners $61,500.00 Consultant to Comcast merger with Time-Warner Cable, which Emanuel backed in letter to FCC.
Chicago Board Options Exchange $40,300.00 Emanuel supported state tax breaks for commodities exchanges; CEO Bill Brodsky on World Business Chicago.
Chicago Trading Co. $92,000.00 Emanuel appealed to regulators to ease commodities futures trading rules for firms like CTC.
Chopper Trading $173,300.00 Emanuel appealed to regulators to ease commodities futures trading rules for firms like Chopper.
Citadel $559,550.00 CEO Ken Griffin meets with mayor; firm invests in Chicago Mercantile Exchange, which mayor backed for state tax breaks; also invests in companies doing business with city.
Clayco $105,000.00 Emanuel joined CEO Robert Clark to announce headquarters move to Chicago.
Comcast $52,000.00 Emanuel supported Comcast merger with Time-Warner Cable in letter to FCC.
David Helfand $180,900.00 Real estate executive, now with Equity Group Investments, major holder of Chicago real estate.
DLA Piper $124,700.00 Helps clients get city tax increment financing (TIF) funds.
Donald Edwards $241,600.00 Mayoral appointee to World Business Chicago and Chicago Park District.
DRW Trading Group $255,100.00 Donald R. Wilson Jr., founder of DRW trading firm, is developer of multiple hotel projects; Emanuel appeared with Wilson to lobby regulators on futures trading rules.
Duchossois family $124,900.00 Craig Duchossois appointed to World Business Chicago.
Exelon Corp. $124,200.00 CEO Christopher Crane appointed to World Business Chicago.
Friedman Properties $75,550.00 Hotel developments needing city permits.
Gibsons Restaurant Group $60,113.00 City signed off on sidewalk expansion at Rush Street restaurant.
Grosvennor Capital Management $1056287.00 Grosvenor CEO Michael Sacks, vice chairman of World Business Chicago and Emanuel confidante.
Groupon $231,200.00 CEO Eric Lefkofsky appointed to World Business Chicago; co-chair of Emanuel-supported Chicago Ideas Week.
Harris Associates $290,000.00 Firm's Oakmark Fund invests in LiveNation, which books concerts at city's Northerly Island.
Henry Crown & Co. $254,400.00 President James S. Crown appointed by mayor to World Business Chicago.
Isaac Goldman $45,300.00 Emanuel appointed Front Barnett principal Isaac "Sandy" Goldman to Illinois Medical District Commission.
Jenner and Block $136,878.00 Legal fees for O'Hare International Airport litigation.
Jerry Reinsdorf $50,000.00 Reinsdorf owns Chicago Bulls. City approved Bulls practice facility, Emanuel held news conference.
Jimmy John's $25,600.00 Restaurants get various permits for business in Chicago.
JMB companies $191,900.00 Neil Bluhm, Judd Malkin. Control JMB Realty, Bluhm's Walton St. Capital gets city pension business.
Joe Mansueto $160,000.00 CEO of Morningstar, which has contract with Chicago Public Library.
John Buck Co. $140,000.00 Development projects downtown; John Buck appointed to World Business Chicago; gets city pension business.
Katten Muchin $61,300.00 Legal fees on city bond business.
Lettuce Entertain You $236,850.00 Partner in restaurants at O'Hare International Airport.
Madison Dearborn Partners $858,800.00 Investor in city contractor CDW Government; co-CEO Sam Mencoff appointed to World Business Chicago.
Magellan Development Group, LLC $64,000.00 Development partner on proposed Wanda Vista skyscraper praised by Emanuel.
Martin J. Koldyke $55,600.00 Founder of Academy for Urban School Leadership (AUSL), which takes over troubled city schools.
Medline Industries Inc. $171,600.00 COO Jim Abrams appointed to World Business Chicago; mayoral jobs announcement and appearance at business conference.
Muneer Satter $352,600.00 Former executive at Goldman Sachs, which got city bond business; appointed to World Business Chicago.
Northern Trust $28,800.00 Retired CEO William Osborn appointed to World Business Chicago. Also an underwriter on city bond business.
PEAK6 $160,000.00 Emanuel appealed to regulators to ease commodities futures trading rules for firms like PEAK6.
PGR Holding LLC $35,500.00 Pat Ryan Jr., son of Aon insurance founder, appointed to World Business Chicago; also founded charter school that receives city support. Pat Ryan Sr. heads PGR Holding.
Plumbers and Pipefitters unions $766,500.00 Mayor's water and sewer upgrades boost union jobs.
Power, Rogers and Smith $73,500.00 Partner Larry R. Rogers Sr. appointed to City Colleges Board.
Pritzker Group $124,500.00 J.B. Pritzker appointed to World Business Chicago; head of 1871 tech incubator frequented by Emanuel.
Richard Sandor $55,000.00 Sandor is board member of Chicago Clean Energy Trust, a nonprofit supported by Emanuel that received a grant worth $2.2 million in federal and private funding.
Robert Rubin $40,300.00 Mayor attends Rubin's Hamilton Project retreat.
Roger J. Kiley Jr. $75,600.00 Emanuel reappointed to board of Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority.
Rooney family $31,298.00 R4 Services, headed by Trisha Rooney Alden, has records storage contracts with city and City Colleges of Chicago. Donations from multiple family members, and former Waste Management CEO Phil Rooney.
Schiff Hardin LLP $94,250.00 Legal fees on city bond business.
Sidley Austin LLP $74,450.00 Represents clients on city development issues.
System Development Integration $20,000.00 CTA contract, other city technology contracts; sought red light camera contract.
Teamsters $184,700.00 Emanuel labor rule changes hurt other unions, left Teamsters largely unscathed.
United Airlines $137,783.00 United executives appointed to World Business Chicago; jobs and headquarters announcements.
University Public Issues Committee $35,000.00 PAC linked to Northwestern University; Emanuel signed off on request to demolish Prentice hospital.
Valor Equity Partners $40,000.00 Emanuel appointed Valor CEO Antonio Gracias to World Business Chicago.
Victory Park Capital $65,000.00 Victory CEO/founder Richard Levy is investor in North Side soccer field that needed city approval; firm owns Giordano's pizza chain that has needed city approvals for expansion.
Walgreens Co. $38,850.00 Then-Walgreen CEO Greg Wasson appointed to World Business Chicago. Contract for city worker wellness screenings.
White Lodging Services $66,100.00 Development partner on River North hotel complex.
Willis $28,300.00 City insurance contract. City Colleges partnership with Willis to train potential employees.
Willis Stein and Partners $55,000.00 Equity firm owns Roundy's, which owns Mariano's grocery chain that gets city TIF money.
Winston & Strawn $114,000.00 Legal fees on city bond business.
Source: Chase, John, Jeff Coen and Bill Ruthhart. "Rahm Emanuel counts on big
donors, with many getting City Hall benefits." Chicago Tribune. January 30, 2015. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-rahm-emanuel-political-donors-met-20150130-story.html?dssReturn#page=1&z=60402