What do diet guru Jenny Craig, New York Jets owner Woody Johnson and Waffle House CEO Joe Rogers all have in common?
They have all maxed out in donations to Mitt Romney’s campaign, according to the presidential hopeful’s FEC fundraising report.
The Romney campaign reported earning more than $18.3 million in the second quarter and there are more than a few familiar names among the 23 pages of contributors listed in the report.
In addition to Johnson, who is also on Romney’s fundraising committee, the Jets’ general manager Mike Tannenbaum also gave the maximum $2,500 to the campaign, as did Boston Celtics president Danny Ainge and Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert.
Jeremy Jacobs, the owner of the Stanley Cup champions the Boston Bruins, contributed $1,000 to the campaign.
ESPN CEO George Bodenheimer contributed $2,000.
Olympic gold medalist speed skater Derek Parra also gave money to Romney. Parra was a frequent topic during Romney’s stump speeches in 2008, during which Romney would recount his friendship – and admiration of the athlete’s muscles. Parra participated in the 2002 Olympics, which were held in Salt Lake City, Utah.
And then there are the foodies.
In addition to weight loss expert Craig and Andrew and Peggy Cherng, the owners of the Chinese fast-food chain Panda Express, each gave to the campaign, as did Charles Valluzzo, one of the largest McDonald’s franchise holders in the country. Greg Schenk, the CEO of the Salt Lake City gourmet cookie company Cookietree, maxed out to the Romney campaign. And to wash it all down, Clyde Tuggle, a senior vice president at The Coca-Cola company gave $1,000.
The big names in the travel industry were also generous – Romney is, after all, named after hotel giant Willard Marriot, who Romney Sr. considered one of his best friends.
At least twelve members of the Marriott clan gave to the campaign, including the CEO of Marriott International Bill Marriott.
Andrew Pritzer, of Hyatt hotel fame, gave $2,500. One might note that Pritzer’s sister, Penny, is a major Obama bundler and even chaired his fundraising committee in 2008. And this is the same Pritzer family that made headlines after heirs of the multi-billion dollar fortune sued each other, accusing their relatives of allegedly withholding some of the empire’s massive loot in a convoluted scheme involving distant cousins and half-siblings.
And those names omitted from the list of contributors so far this campaign?
Longtime Romney supporters Sens. Orrin Hatch and Scott Brown.
Neither Hatch’s nor Brown’s offices immediately responded to requests for comments on their plans to give to Romney.