Fredreka Schouten and Christopher Schnaars – Clinton’s 2016 bid draws more Wall Street fundraisers than Obama in 2012

WASHINGTON — Democrat Hillary Clinton’s bid for the presidency has drawn more support from Wall Street fundraisers than President Obama received from the industry four years ago, a new analysis shows.

Clinton’s ranks of elite fundraisers include 201 people who work in the securities and investment sector and dozens more who work in other areas of finance and commercial banking, according to a tally by the Center for Responsive Politics and USA TODAY.

Together, the broader finance sector has helped collect at least $20 million for her presidential campaign and the Democratic Party.

In all, Clinton’s 1,370 fundraisers — dubbed “Hillblazers” by the campaign — have bundled together at least $137 million from their friends, family members and business associates to build a money machine that surpasses the fundraising operation that twice helped elect Obama.

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