'Game Change': Meet the Leftists Who Turned HBO Into a Pro-Obama SuperPAC

Last Saturday, the Los Angeles Times ran a front-page feature story on the upcoming HBO television film Game Change, and predicted that the movie, “was sure to reopen the wounds of that lost campaign and reignite controversy over Palin’s fitness for office and the wisdom of putting her on the ticket.”

That’s probably true because Big Hollywood has learned that most of the key players involved in the making of the film are leftists who almost exclusively support Democratic candidates including, of course, Barack Obama.

You'll see that for yourself in the summary below, which includes political donations and what some of the key players said about the former Alaskan Governor.

Producer Tom Hanks: Has donated well over $100,000 to various Democratic candidates and causes including Dianne Feinstein, Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Bob Graham, Al Gore, Patrick Kennedy, John F. Kerry, Henry Waxman, Al Franken, Barbara Boxer, Chuck Schumer, Maria Cantwell, and of course – Barack Obama.


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Director Jay Roach: Contributed $2,300 to Barack Obama in 2008, $10,000 to NH Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen via Voices for a Senate Majority in 2008, $500 to Claire McCaskil in 2006, and a bizarre, eclectic combination of contributions in 2003: $1,000 to Howard Dean, $2,000 to Wesley Clark, and a surprising donation of $2,000 to George W. Bush. Roach also donated a total of $4,800 to the Political Action Committee of the Screen Actor’s Guild of America.

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Screenwriter Danny Strong: Contributed $2,500 to Barack Obama’s Victory Fund. “There’s no agenda here,” Strong said at a January 13 press conference. “People are very polarized. It’s not designed to change people’s minds.”

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Julianne Moore (Sarah Palin): Contributed $5,000 to the Democratic Victory Fund and $250 to the Obama campaign in 2008, $2,500 to the DNC in 2010 and $2,000 to John Kerry in 2003. Her personal feelings on Palin? In the February edition of Washington, D.C.’s Capitol File, Moore said of Palin, “She was not qualified to be vice president. She wasn’t qualified to be vice president. She wasn’t a qualified candidate. I think that became quite evident during the campaign. It was so shocking to me when she resigned the governorship of Alaska when the presidential election was over. I was stunned. I just think that shows such an unbelievable lack of interest in the actual governing.” On Friday, Moore told an audience at the Television Critics’ Associations gathering, “We have her displaying moments of sheer brilliance – I mean she was unbelievably charismatic. Suddenly here was this working class mother who popped out and seemed to be able to command the world but of course upon further inspection, she was clearly not prepared. She didn't necessarily have the experience necessary to lead our country, and that’s what we were attempting to characterize.”

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Ed Harris (John McCain): Contributed $2,000 to the Obama campaign in 2008, $1,000 to MoveOn.org in 2010, $3,000 to Al Franken in 2010, $500 to John Conway in 2010, a total of $8,750 to both the Democratic Congressional and Senatorial Campaign Committees between 2004-2010, $2,000 to John Kerry in 2004, $1,000 to Barbara Boxer in 1998, $600 to the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, and a total of $1,425 to Emily’s List since 2002, a pro-choice movement supporting Democratic candidates. Unlike Moore, Harris had flattering things to say about the character he portrayed. Politico reported that Harris said the following at a California based event according to Entertainment Weekly, “My respect and understanding for Mr. McCain certainly deepened. He’s a man with a sense of honor and duty.” This certainly sounds good on the surface, but remember – the objective of the filmmakers here is to blame Palin – not McCain for the loss of the election.

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Woody Harrelson (Steve Schmidt, McCain’s chief strategist who was actually responsible for pushing Palin as the VP nominee of choice): $2,300 to Dennis Kucinich in 2007, a total of $3,000 to Ralph Nader since 2000, $2,000 to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee in 1992, $9,000 to Americans for Harkin in 1992 and a total of $2,000 to other left-leaning Democratic and Independent Congressional candidates since 1996. Harrelson was described by Salon in 2009 as a leftist “radical.” Writer Andrew O’Hehir wrote of his experience interviewing the actor: “You can’t throw an empty Chardonnay bottle out your car window in west L.A. without hitting a Hollywood liberal, but Harrelson is something much rarer: a vegan, raw-foodist, antiwar, anti-capitalist, pro-marijuana, eco-funky, genuine radical who happens to be a beloved character actor with a good-ol’-boy demeanor.” Another fun fact about the actor: His father, Charles Harrison was a real deal Mafia hitman who was convicted of murdering U.S. District Court judge John Wood in 1979 in his San Antonio townhouse – and after he was prosecuted and convicted, he boasted on several occasions that he was one of the assassins who helped conspire to kill President John F. Kennedy. Harrelson’s description of his father? He told People magazine in 1988, “My father is one of the most articulate, well-read, charming people I’ve ever known.”

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Ron Livingston (Mark Wallace, Senior Advisor to McCain presidential election campaign): No campaign contributions can be found for Ron Livingston, but check out this nifty little video the Office Space star made on behalf of President Obama in which he passionately conveys his desperate need to just “do something” about the current state of affairs in America back in 2008 (and of course, vote for Barack Obama).

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Sarah Paulson (Nicolle Wallace, another top McCain presidential campaign aide): $500 to Obama, $250 to Hillary Clinton, and $520 to DNC all in 2008.

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Neither Tiffany Thornton who plays Megan McCain or Brian d’Arcy James who plays Ted Frank appear to have made any campaign contributions, but both did performances associated with the Obama family. Michelle Obama and Tiffany Thornton both starred in a Disney initiative, The Magic of Healthy Living, and James starred in and performed for President Barack Obama and the first family in A Broadway Celebration at the White House.

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