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Celebrity political contributions

By Maggie Van Ostrand
January 14, 2008

There’s a massive amount of bull in politics. Teddy Roosevelt came up with the name “bully pulpit,” which meant a great platform from which to “persuasively advocate an agenda,” but now we appear to be taking the phrase more literally. Politicians are stumping in neighborhood churches in an effort to gain support. What they are spouting from these pulpits is known as bull, and a far cry from Teddy Roosevelt’s definition. Prepare yourselves, there’s more coming.

Living in this high-tech age, we’re in a hurry to find out what will happen before it does happen, and we’ve come to rely on political polling as facts-in-advance. But polls do not always portray the end result, as has been shown in New Hampshire. Furthermore, some people appear to believe that caucuses and primaries are like the actual election, especially since the media is now referring to the day specific states hold primaries as “Super Tuesday.” All we need to recognize that Super Tuesday as as much of a game as the Super Bowl, would be a cheering squad. Oh wait, we already have a cheerleader in the White House. He’s the giggling Protestant recently seen in the middle east wearing a yarmulke. No wonder most of Hollywood is a Democrat.

In a never-ending quest for truth, here are the facts, actual donations made by celebrities to political candidates. They are not “Super Facts,” they are not based on polls, they are from public information sourced by the Federal Election Commission.

Jennifer Aniston
$2,300 to Barack Obama

Hank Azaria
$2,300 to John Edwards

Tyra Banks
$2,300 to Obama

Angela Bassett
$2,300 to Obama

Halle Berry
$2,300 to Obama

Valerie Bertinelli
$2,300 to Obama

Pat Boone
$800 to former Republican presidential candidate Sam Brownback
$1,000 to Mitt Romney

Zach Braff
$2,300 to Obama

Christie Brinkley
$2,150 to Hillary Clinton
$1,000 to Obama

James L. Brooks
$2,300 to Obama
$2,300 to Edwards
$2,300 to Clinton
$1,000 to former Democratic presidential candidate Bill Richardson

Jackson Browne
$2,300 to Obama

Jerry Bruckheimer
$2,300 to John McCain

Chevy Chase
$2,100 to former Democratic presidential candidate Chris Dodd
$4,600 to Clinton

Cher
$2,100 to former Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden

John Cleese
$2,300 to Obama

George Clooney
$2,300 to Obama

Harry Connick Jr.
$4,600 to Obama

Gary Cole
$2,300 to Edwards

Larry David
$2,300 to Edwards
$2,300 to Obama

James Denton
$4,600 to Edwards

Danny DeVito
$2,300 to Clinton

Paul Dooley
$2,300 to Obama

Michael Douglas
$4,600 to Clinton
$4,600 to Richardson
$1,500 to Kucinich
$4,600 to Dodd
$4,600 to Obama

Fran Drescher
$2,300 to Clinton

Hector Elizondo
$300 to Kucinich

Linda Evans
$2,300 to Obama

Morgan Freeman
$2,300 to Obama

Jamie Foxx
$2,300 to Obama

Jeff Garlin
$250 to Obama

Louis Gossett
$2,300 to Obama

Kelsey Grammer
$2,300 to Giuliani

Seth Green
$4,600 to Edwards

Jasmine Guy
$2,300 to Obama

Tom Hanks
$2,300 to Clinton
$2,300 to Obama

Hill Harper
$2,300 to Obama

Dennis Haysbert
$2,300 to Obama

Edward Helms
$250 to Clinton

Don Henley
$4,600 to Edwards
$4,600 to Clinton

Cheryl Hines
$1,000 to Obama

Quincy Jones
$4,600 to Clinton

Jeffrey Katzenberg
$2,300 to Clinton
$2,300 to Obama
$2,100 to Edwards
$2,300 to Dodd

Val Kilmer
$2,300 to Richardson

Norman Lear
$2,300 to Clinton
$2,100 to former Democratic presidential candidate Tom Vilsack
$1,150 to Richardson
$2,300 to Edwards
$2,300 to Obama

John Lithgow
$1,000 to Dodd

Seth Macfarlane
$1,000 to Obama

Amy Madigan
$2,300 to Clinton

Tobey Maguire
$4,600 to Clinton
$2,300 to Obama

Branford Marsalis
$4,600 to Obama

Steve Martin
$2,300 to Dodd

Lorne Michaels
$4,600 to Dodd
$2,300 to McCain

Bette Midler
$4,600 to Richardson
$2,300 to Clinton
$2,300 to Obama

Eddie Murphy
$2,300 to Obama

Kathy Najimy
$2,300 to Clinton

Paul Newman
$4,600 to Obama
$4,600 to Clinton
$2,300 to Richardson
$4,600 to Dodd

Leonard Nimoy
$2,300 to Obama

Edward Norton
$2,300 to Obama

Rosie O’Donnell
$2,300 to Clinton
$2,300 to Obama
$2,300 to Richardson
$2,300 to Edwards

Sean Penn
$2,300 to Kucinich
$4,600 to Edwards

Rhea Perlman
$2,300 to Clinton

Ellen Pompeo
$4,600 to Obama

Sidney Poitier
$4,600 to Obama

Bonnie Raitt
$2,300 to Edwards
$2,300 to Kucinich

Lynn Redgrave
$250 to Clinton

Rob Reiner
$2,300 to Clinton
$2,300 to Richardson
$2,300 to Edwards
$1,000 to Dodd

Chris Rock
$4,600 to Obama

Susan Saint James
$4,600 to Dodd

Adam Sandler
$2,100 to Giuliani

Brooke Shields
$2,300 to Obama

Elisabeth Shue
$1,500 to Dodd

Paul Simon
$4,600 to Dodd

Will Smith
$4,600 to Obama

Steven Spielberg
$2,300 to Clinton
$2,300 to Richardson
$2,300 to Edwards
$2,300 to Obama

Darren Star
$2,300 to Edwards
$2,300 to Obama

Mary Steenburgen
$2,300 to Edwards
$4,600 to Clinton

Ben Stein
$750 to Giuliani

Ben Stiller
$2,300 to Edwards
$2,300 to Obama
$4,600 to Clinton

Barbra Streisand
$1,000 to Dodd
$2,300 to Clinton
$2,300 to Edwards
$2,300 to Obama

Isaiah Washington
$2,300 to Obama

Gene Wilder
$2,300 to Obama

Jerry Weintraub
$2,300 to Richardson

Forest Whitaker
$2,300 to Obama

Oprah Winfrey
$2,300 to Obama

Joanne Woodward
$4,600 to Clinton
$4,600 to Dodd
$4,600 to Obama

Renee Zellweger
$4,600 to Clinton

It’s nice to know that celebrities can occasionally put their money where their mouth is instead of their foot.

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3 Responses to Celebrity political contributions

  1. Carl Nemo

    January 16, 2008 at 7:54 pm

    Thanks Maggie Van Ostrand for a truly fascinating and informative post…!

    My personal disappointment was that Jerry Bruckheimer my all time favorite producer would be enamoured with John McPain…! Evidently Jerry has produced so many action movies surrounding our nations war machine that he’s finally become a P.O.W. of the mind, relative to personal discernment and much needed research concerning whom he might back…!

    IMO his best all time movie is “Crimson Tide” a 1995 production, starring Gene Hackman and Denzel Washington. I highly recommend the movie and it’s one of the best ever showing how our nuclear sub force operates during a DEFCON I to launch sequence.

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0112740/

    *****
    Jerry Bruckheimer
    2,300 to John McCain…?!
    *****
    John McPain’s credits…?

    http://www.electricnevada.com/pages00/mccain.htm

    It proves that stars, directors, and producers may be celebrities, but they surely aren’t into indepth research concerning the candidates with whom they are enamoured…no? Life is good for them and most if not all will not have to suffer from Bushco’s ongoing nation-destroying decisions. They can always jet off to France or wherever to escape this ever-growing, ugly fascism smothering America…!

    Carl Nemo **==

  2. almandine

    January 19, 2008 at 1:54 pm

    And I gave 50 bucks to Ron Paul. Money better spent, I’m convinced.

    And he’ll probably get a much mileage out of it as those others will their $2,300 – etc.

  3. peccavi

    January 24, 2008 at 8:57 pm

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xq8aopATYyw

    your list is chicken feed…..watch parts 1 & 2