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 ObamaTrump has 62 percent disapproval rating in new AP poll Rising Warren faces uphill climb with black voters Obama explains decision to get into movie business: 'We all have a sacred story' MORE's campaigns has reportedly indicated to friends that he's leaning toward supporting Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeABC unveils moderators for third Democratic debate The Hill's Morning Report - Trump hews to NRA on guns and eyes lower taxes Harris to appear in CNN climate town hall after backlash 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 WarrenKrystal Ball: Elites have chosen Warren as The One; Lauren Claffey: Is AOC wrong about the Electoral College? Poll shows Biden, Warren tied with Trump in Arizona McConnell rejects Democrats' 'radical movement' to abolish filibuster MORE (D-Mass.), Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisPoll shows Biden, Warren tied with Trump in Arizona Rising Warren faces uphill climb with black voters Inslee drops out of 2020 presidential race MORE (D-Calif.), Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharOvernight Defense: Two US service members killed in Afghanistan | Trump calls on other nations to take up fight against ISIS | Pentagon scraps billion-dollar missile defense program ABC unveils moderators for third Democratic debate Senate Democrats push for arms control language in defense policy bill MORE (D-Minn.), Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerOvernight Defense: Two US service members killed in Afghanistan | Trump calls on other nations to take up fight against ISIS | Pentagon scraps billion-dollar missile defense program ABC unveils moderators for third Democratic debate Sanders targets gig economy as part of new labor plan MORE (D-N.J.) and Bernie SandersBernie Sanders2020 candidates have the chance to embrace smarter education policies Bernie Sanders Adviser talks criminal justice reform proposal, 'Medicare for All' plan Poll shows Biden, Warren tied with Trump in Arizona 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 CruzGOP strategist predicts Biden will win nomination, cites fundraising strength 3 real problems Republicans need to address to win in 2020 The Hill's Morning Report - Trump on defense over economic jitters 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.