Terry Neese, one of the 19 political movers and shakers that Inc. named in February as the entrepreneur's best friends in Washington, D.C., is positioning herself as an early supporter of former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani's presidential campaign. The Fix, a politics blog maintained by the Washington Post, reports that Neese, who co-founded the advocacy group Women Impacting Public Policy, is one of four major Bush campaign fundraisers dubbed "Rangers" who have commited to supporting Giuliani so far. Rangers pledged to raising more than $200,000 for the president during the 2000 and 2004 election cycles. In February, Neese, who owns a government contracting business in Oklahoma City, told Inc. that her goal was "to make sure that whoever's in the White House knows what [the business community's] message is and what our issues are." Neese's support notwithstanding, the Fix notes that Giuliani lags other GOP candidates in cultivating Rangers: Arizona senator John McCain has signed up a dozen Rangers to date, and Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney has commitments from nine Rangers, according to the Post's research. You can find the complete list of who's backing whom here.
Last updated: Dec 12, 2006
MIKE HOFMAN was previously editor of Inc.com and a deputy editor at Inc. magazine, which he joined in 1996. The site was nominated for a National Magazine Award for Digital Media in 2010, and was named the best business website by Folio Magazine. In 2006, Hofman was part of a team of writers nominated for a Webby Award for best business blog. He lives in New York City. @mikehofman