Hollywood Tries to Save Senate for Democrats
With the United States Senate looking more and more like it will fall into Republican hands next year, the usual-usuals in Hollywood are pouring thousands of dollars into campaign coffers in the hopes of turning it around.
The Hill reports that Barbra Stresiand spread around $20,000 to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Nancy Pelosi, and the most vulnerable Senators currently being targeted by the GOP: Mark Udall, Jeanne Shaheen, Jeff Merkley, and Mark Begich:
One of the biggest recipients of the entertainment industry’s dollars is Kentucky Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes, who is in a tight battle against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R).
Her donor list reads like a who’s who of Tinseltown: producer J.J. Abrams, Ben Affleck, comedian Jack Black, “Avatar” director James Cameron, Nicolas Cage, Danny DeVito, Cameron Diaz, DiCaprio, Jennifer Garner, director Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks, Jerry Seinfeld, Mike Myers and “Mad Men’s” Jon Hamm, all giving $5,200 each, the maximum amount an individual can give to a single candidate in a two-year election cycle.
Other Grimes donors include DreamWorks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg, Woody Allen, Ted Danson, America Ferrera, Leonard Nimoy, Streisand, “West Wing” writer Aaron Sorkin, Ben Stiller and Chris Rock.
Grimes has received more than $100,000 from Hollywood players; Cory Booker $48,300, Michelle Nunn $22,600…
Meanwhile, Scott Baio donated $500 to Republican Tony Strickland in his race for an open House seat.
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