Obama fundraiser tells friends he is leaning toward Beto O'Rourke: report

Obama fundraiser tells friends he is leaning toward Beto O'Rourke: report
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A major donor to former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaNational Archives says it altered Trump signs, other messages in Women's March photo Climate 'religion' is fueling Australia's wildfires Biden's new campaign ad features Obama speech praising him MORE's campaigns has reportedly indicated to friends that he's leaning toward supporting Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeBiden calls for revoking key online legal protection Trump mocks Booker over suspended presidential campaign Julián Castro endorses Warren in 2020 race MORE in the 2020 presidential race.

CNBC reported Thursday that Mark Gallogly, who co-founded investment firm Centerbridge Partners, has given associates the impression in recent weeks that he will back the El Paso Democrat in an increasingly crowded primary field.

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Gallogly helped Obama's 2008 presidential campaign raise between $200,000 and $500,000, CNBC reported, and helped bring in at least $500,000 for the former president's 2012 effort.

Gallogly did not return repeated requests for comment from CNBC, and O'Rourke's campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill.

O'Rourke entered the field of 2020 Democratic presidential candidates last week, joining Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenSanders to headline Iowa event amid impeachment trial Hill.TV's Saagar Enjeti rips Sanders over handling of feud with Warren On The Money — Presented by Wells Fargo — Sanders defends vote against USMCA | China sees weakest growth in 29 years | Warren praises IRS move on student loans MORE (D-Mass.), Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisSanders defends vote against USMCA: 'Not a single damn mention' of climate change The Hill's Morning Report — President Trump on trial Overnight Energy: Schumer votes against USMCA, citing climate impact | Republicans offer details on their environmental proposals | Microsoft aims to be carbon negative by 2030 MORE (D-Calif.), Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharSanders to headline Iowa event amid impeachment trial On The Money — Presented by Wells Fargo — Sanders defends vote against USMCA | China sees weakest growth in 29 years | Warren praises IRS move on student loans Poll: Sanders holds 5-point lead over Buttigieg in New Hampshire MORE (D-Minn.), Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerDNC announces new criteria for New Hampshire debate The Hill's Campaign Report: Sanders, Warren feud rattles Democrats The Hill's Morning Report — President Trump on trial MORE (D-N.J.) and Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders to headline Iowa event amid impeachment trial Hill.TV's Saagar Enjeti rips Sanders over handling of feud with Warren On The Money — Presented by Wells Fargo — Sanders defends vote against USMCA | China sees weakest growth in 29 years | Warren praises IRS move on student loans MORE (I-Vt.), among others, in seeking the nomination.

The former three-term congressman proved to be a fundraising juggernaut in his unsuccessful bid to unseat Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzSenate GOP mulls speeding up Trump impeachment trial The Hill's Morning Report — President Trump on trial GOP threatens to weaponize impeachment witnesses amid standoff MORE (R-Texas) last year, raising millions of dollars.

He announced earlier this week that he raised $6.1 million in the 24 hours after he announced his candidacy, more than any other candidate who has entered the 2020 race.