Robert Rubin, the newly anointed chairman atCitigroup (C) - Get Report and former Treasury secretary under Bill Clinton, has made news again this week. He announced his endorsement of the Democratic frontrunner, Sen. Hillary Clinton (D., N.Y.).
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Lloyd Blankfein. According to theCenter for Responsive Politics, Clinton leads all of the candidates in raising money from Wall Street's securities and investment firms, to the tune of $4.75 million dollars through the end of the third quarter.
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report that Rubin will hold a Dec. 13 fundraiser for Clinton. The dinner represents the last major event for the fourth quarter and will be open to supporters who sell more than $25,000 in tickets.
The endorsement was no sure thing. Clinton and Rubin had a rocky relationship during the 1990s and squabbled over monetary policy. Rubin's son, Jamie, is a notable supporter of Sen. Barack Obama (D., Ill.).
Rubin is one of the big Democrats who had remained on the sidelines, and his endorsement should give Clinton a boost. The other big figure yet to endorse would be former Vice President Al Gore. In 2004, Gore endorsed Howard Dean not long before the Iowa caucus.