There's one group of political donors that rarely receives any credit for their generosity. They don't get invited to any gala dinners or fancy cocktail parties, nor can they expect their checks to earn them any consideration when the next president is thinking about, say, who to appoint the Ambassador to Jamaica. They're the sons and daughters of the ridiculously wealthy, who kindly lend their names/identities to mom and dad so their hyper-political parents can direct even more cash to their favorite candidate. Of course, there's nothing illegal about any of this. Nor is it totally impossible that a 19-year-old college student would decide she'd rather give $4,700 to Hillary Clinton rather than, say, stock up on Juicy tracksuits. (Or Jared Kushner making his first big donation to the Democratic party when he was just 11.) Below, 2008 presidential donations by the children of some of New York's richest and powerful.
Parents: Hedge fund mogul Richard Perry and fashion designer/socialite Lisa Perry
Currently: She's a 21-year-old student and emerging presence on the social scene
Candidate/Amount: $4,700 to Hillary Clinton
Parent: Legendary mergers and acquisitions lawyer Martin Lipton
Currently: The 23-year-old Penn grad is now a second-year student at Harvard Law
Candidate/Amount: $2,300 to Barack Obama
Parents: Donald Trump and Ivana Trump
Currently: The 24-year-old Georgetown grad (and younger brother of Ivanka and Don Jr.) now works for his dad at The Trump Organization
Candidate/Amount: $2,300 to Rudy Giuliani
Parent: Caroline Kennedy
Currently: The 20-year-old scion of one of America's most famous political families is a student at Harvard. She's scheduled to graduate in 2010.
Candidate/Amount: $350 to Barack Obama