Celebs open their wallets in White House race, mostly for Obama
July 24th, 2012
01:29 PM ET
2 months ago

Celebs open their wallets in White House race, mostly for Obama

(CNN) – Academy Award-winning actor Morgan Freeman made headlines recently for his sizable $1 million contribution to a pro-Obama super PAC, but he's hardly the only celebrity who cut a check in support of a presidential hopeful.

Members of the entertainment industry have a long history of sending money to their preferred presidential candidates, usually but not exclusively to Democrats. Below is a non-comprehensive list of some of the celebrities past and present who made a donation in May or June to the major political committees involved in the 2012 race for the White House.

OBAMA CAMPAIGN:
Actors & Actresses
Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights): $3250 in June, $5000 to date
Sam Waterston (Law and Order): $2250 in June, $5000to date
Ian Somerhalder (Lost, Vampire Diaries) : $2500
Olivia Wilde (House MD, Cowboys & Aliens) : $2500
Johnny Galecki (Roseanne, Big Bang Theory): $2500
Maria Bello (Prime Suspect): $2500
Ronald Guttman (Mad Men): $2075 in June, $4825 to date
Tyne Daly (Cagney & Lacey): $2000
Susan Saint James (Kate & Allie, McMillan & Wife): $2000
Holland Taylor (Two and a Half Men): $1000 in June, $2000 to date
Taraji P. Henson (Benjamin Button): $1850
Chris Pratt (Parks and Recreation): $1000
Aisha Tyler (The Talk co-host): $1000
Directors
Rob Minkoff (The Lion King): $2500
Musicians
Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz: $2500
Peter Frampton: $2500 to Obama campaign
Toni Tennille of The Captain and Tennille: $1000 in June, $2000 to date
Yvonne Staples of The Staples Singers: $1000 in June, $2000 to date

OBAMA VICTORY FUND:
Bette Midler: $50,000 in June, $60,000 to date
Martin Von Haselberg (actor, Midler's husband): $50,000
Billy Crystal: $40,000
Kirk Douglas: $40,000
Robert Downey, Jr.: $40,000
Eddie Murphy: $40,000
Tom Hanks: $35,800 (in May)
Rita Wilson: $35,800 (in May)
Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights): $27,500
Anne Hathaway (Dark Knight Rises): $25,000
Jamie Lee Curtis (Halloween, Trading Places): $2000 in June, $14,000 to date
Wendie Malick (Hot in Cleveland): $2500
Marsha Mason (The Goodbye Girl): $1500 in June, $2500 to date
Bridget Fonda (Jackie Brown): $600 in June, $2000 to date
Tate Donovan (Damages, The O.C.): $125 in June, $1622 to date
Jason Sudeikis (Saturday Night Live): $500
Kristin Chenoweth (Wicked, GCB): $500
Topher Grace (That 70s Show): $500
Bernadette Peters (The Jerk): $250

PRIORITIES USA (pro-Obama super PAC):
Morgan Freeman (Dark Knight Rises, Million Dollar Baby): $1 million

ROMNEY CAMPAIGN:
John Rich (Country singer, Celebrity Apprentice winner): $2500

ROMNEY VICTORY FUND:
Film producer Jerry Bruckheimer and wife: $25,000
Scott Baio (Arrested Development, Happy Days) and wife: $12,500
Vince McMahon (Pro. wresting exec.) & Linda McMahon (CT Senate hopeful): $9910

RESTORE OUR FUTURE (pro-Romney super PAC):
Vince McMahon (Pro. wresting exec.) & Linda McMahon (CT Senate hopeful): $150,000K

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Filed under: 2012 • Fundraising • Mitt Romney • President Obama
soundoff (163 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    Did anyone notice that Mitt Romney's "American Century" remark that he gave to the VFW yesterday, is the identical phrase that Pres. Obama used the previous day when he spoke to the same audience?

    July 25, 2012 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  2. Alex in NJ

    Pretty sure more celebs than that have donated to Romney. Obama definitely has the edge but there aren't that few Republicans in Hollywood. One of my favorite actors, Vince Vaughn is a Republican but he wisely supports Ron Paul.

    July 25, 2012 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  3. sassysticks53

    At least we know who's donating to Obama's campaign. Romney's big campaign supporters are a secret, like Romney's tax returns, Swiss bank accounts, money offshoring in the Cayman Islands and Bermuda. LOL! Funny how the Romney supporters feel threatened by the celebrities supporting Obama! Romney's money and his secret biliionaire donors won't be able to buy the election.

    July 25, 2012 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  4. Anders Perillo

    Tom Hanks and every movie he's ever made are dead to me. Won't ever spend a dime to see one of his movies again.

    July 25, 2012 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  5. FORWARD into the Obama FISCAL ABYSS

    Why aren't these rich celebrities sending a lot of money into the California Revenue Dept.? Their state is bankrupt. They obviously are not paying their far share and have money to burn. Gov. Moonbeam needs to implement an immediate tax of 20% on the rich Hollywood crowd to get them to pay their fair share to bail the state out. If the Democrats want all of this big state and federal government then let them PAY for it.

    July 25, 2012 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  6. Wake up people

    The party that babbles every chance they get about transparency but their backers remain hidden. Hypocrisy. They expect the POTUS to tell everyone classified, privileged, Presidential information but they won't even tell who is donating to their campaigns.

    Also every presidential candidate in recent history including Mittens own father, has provided at least 10 years of tax returns but he refuses. Then there is the Bain thing. So he's listed as sole CEO but he really wasn't working there at the time. This man lies so much how on earth does he keep his lies straight??

    We're not forgetting those tax returns Mittens. Cough em up!

    OBAMA 2012!

    July 25, 2012 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  7. Thomas

    @FORWARD into the Obama FISCAL ABYSS
    Why aren't these rich celebrities sending a lot of money into the California Revenue Dept.? Their state is bankrupt. They obviously are not paying their far share and have money to burn. Gov. Moonbeam needs to implement an immediate tax of 20% on the rich Hollywood crowd to get them to pay their fair share to bail the state out. If the Democrats want all of this big state and federal government then let them PAY for it.

    So what your saying , is why doesn't Mitt and his supper pac friends bail out the country with there privet funds instead of wasting millions on advertising ?
    Next time you buy produce , think of where it's grown !

    CALIFORNIA

    July 25, 2012 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  8. PeterD

    Liberals are irresponsible and they don't care about US Debt.

    July 25, 2012 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  9. Blanca Vinje

    Celebrities, you should be contributing with more more. What you are giving is peanuts!

    July 25, 2012 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  10. when your nightmares end WILLARD begins

    and the Koch Brothers support Romney and they probably have more money than all these Hollywood folks combined so what is the issue here? I don't see anyone here on the right getting upset over that.

    July 25, 2012 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  11. emma

    Liberals are responsible people. They care about the debt and understand that increased employment, as in building needed infrastructure, translates to more Federal revenue.

    July 25, 2012 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  12. Miroslava

    This is sooo boring...

    July 25, 2012 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  13. Wake up people

    @PeterD, actually that would be your ex VP that stated, deficits don't matter.

    Show us your papers Willard!

    OBAMA 2012!

    July 25, 2012 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
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