Sen. Lindsey Graham announced a 2016 presidential national finance committee on Thursday that includes billionaires Ronald Perelman and Anita Zucker and the chief executives of General Electric and Oracle.
The Seneca Republican announced his bid Monday.
“Lindsey Graham understands America’s leadership role in promoting an enduring peace on the global landscape,” said Perelman, chairman and chief executive of MacAndrews & Forbes who has supported Graham ally, Sen. John McCain. “With conflicts raging in the Middle East and around the world that threaten the security of America and our allies, we need leaders with strategic purpose and moral clarity to confront these crises.”
Jeff Immelt, chairman and chief executive of General Electric said: “Only Lindsey Graham has shown he has the ability and commitment to provide the kind of leadership that will allow us to overcome our nation’s challenges. He understands that America has an indispensable role to play in creating the stability and building the institutional capacity that are essential for growing markets and abiding security.”
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David Wilkins, a former S.C. House Speaker and U.S. Ambassador to Canada, is Graham’s national finance chairman.
Graham is facing an uphill battle to win the Republican nomination.
He is polling at the back of the GOP field nationally and in the early primary states of Iowa and New Hampshire. Graham is doing better in South Carolina where he has polled third.
Graham’s national finance committee includes:
Yitz Applbaum, co-founder, Falcon Partner
Bradley Bloom, investment manager, Berkshire Partners
Terry Brown, real estate executive
Safra Catz, chief executive, Oracle Corp.
Irwin Chafetz, president, Interface Group-Massachusetts, Inc.
Wallace Cheves, managing partner, Sky Boat Gaming
Richard Chilton, chief executive, Chilton Investment Co.
Michael Crossen, partner, Rubin and Rudman
Ted Cutler, chairman, The Interface Group
Bart Daniel, attorney
Alec Ellison, investment banker, Jefferies & Co.
David Flaum, Flaum Management
C. Edward Floyd, Jr., surgeon, Floyd Medical Associates
Scott Ford, chief executive, Westbrook Group
Richard and Leslie Frank, Frank Family Vineyards
Jeff Immelt, chairman and chief executive, General Electric
George Johnson Jr., chairman, Johnson Development
Tom Joyce, chairman, Arxis Capital Investments
Peter Malone, CSP Associates
Barry Mannis, managing member, Samuel Capital Management
E. Smyth McKissick III, chief executive, Alice Manufacturing Company
Oswaldo “Ozzie” Palomo, ADS Ventures
Ronald Perelman, chairman and chief executive, MacAndrews & Forbes Incorporated
Bobby Rechnitz, chairman, Iron Dome Tribute
William Rosenberg, Cabarrus Family Medicine
Robert Royall, former U.S. Ambassador to Tanzania
Mark Rubin, Massachusetts General Hospital
Ron Simms, president, Simms Development
Roger Sofer, partner, Sofer Steiner and Associates
Michael Steinhardt, Steinhardt Management
William Stern, president, Stern & Stern Commercial Developers
Judy and Sidney Swartz
Joe Taylor, chief executive, Southland Capital Partners
Douglas Wendel, business consultant
John White Jr., Harrison, White, Smith & Coggins
David Wilkins, partner, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough
Anita Zucker, chief executive, The Inter Tech Group