Report: Kasich wins over big Democratic donor

Posted at 10:14 PM, Dec 29, 2015

A billionaire investor who's been a big supporter of Democrats in past years -- including the Clintons -- is throwing some support to Ohio Gov. John Kasich's presidential bid.

POLITICO  reports that Ron Burkle is hosting a fundraiser for Kasich on Jan. 12 at Soho House in Los Angeles.

The majority of Burkle's $475,000 in federal campaign contributions have gone to Democrats, POLITICO reported, including thousands for Hillary Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign and 2000 U.S. Senate bid.

Burkle is a major investor in the retail, manufacturing and distribution industries through the firm he founded, The Yucaipa Companies. He's also co-owner of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Other major political donors, including businessman Harry Sloan and financier Gary Winnick, are expected at the Los Angeles fundraiser for Kasich.

The Ohio governor is still seeking to gain national traction in a crowded GOP field and has been polling among the lower tier of candidates. Kasich touts his strong New Hampshire ground game as the way he'll make a top-tier finish and break from the pack.

Earlier this month, Kasich launched a women's coalition in the first of his presidential campaign trail rounds to include his wife and twin daughters.

While the majority of Burkle's campaign contributions supported Democrats, POLITICO reports he has given some to Republicans, including former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty during his 2012 presidential bid.