July 16th, 2007
06:44 PM ET
10 years ago

Celebs add star power to '08 donor lists

Actor Tony Sirico of “The Sopranos” gave to Giuliani last quarter.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Celebrity donors. You know they're out there. But finding them in those Federal Election Commission reports buried among tens of thousands of celebrity-impaired Americans can be a royal pain in the Oscar.

But we at the CNN Political Ticker have painstakingly reviewed the latest batch of presidential fundraising disclosures and have compiled that information in convenient list form, complete with bullet points.

Click below for The Ticker's list of celebrity donors.

* Ruby Dee, actress: $250
* Danny DeVito, actor: $2,300
* Fran Drescher, TV's "The Nanny": $2,300
* Joely Fisher, actress $4,600
* Tom Hanks, actor: $2,300
* Ed Helms, actor, “Andy Bernard” in NBC’s “The Office”: $250
* Sharon Lawrence, "NYPD Blue" co-star: $1,000
* Tobey Maguire, actor $4,600
* Marla Maples, actress: $1,000
* Paul Newman, actor: $4,600
* Rhea Perlman, actress $2,300
* Pauly Shore, actor $1,000
* Ben Stiller, actor $6,900 ($4,600 is the legal limit)
* George Takei, actor $1,000
* Lily Tomlin, actress $2,000
* Rita Wilson, actress $2,300
* Joanne Woodward, actress $4,600

* John Lithgow, actor: $1000
* Christy Romano, actress, singer, voice of “Kim Possible”: $300

* Oliver Stone, director: $500
* Mary Steenburgen, actress: $2300
* Ben Stiller, actor: $4600
* Peter Coyote, actor: $1054
* Sharon Lawrence, actress: $1000

* Mark Ruffalo, actor: $700

* Adam Arkin, actor $250
* Paul Dooley, actor $2,300
* Jodie Foster, actress $1,000
* Jamie Foxx, actor $2,300
* Martha Hackett, “Star Trek” actress $2,300
* Bruce Hornsby, singer $2,300
* Anna Horsford, “Amen” actress $500
* Cedric “The Entertainer” Kyles, actor $2,500
* Eriq La Salle, actor $500
* Paul Newman, actor $4,600
* Tom Skerritt, actor $1,000
* Jean Smart, actress $4,600
* Jada Smith, actress $4,600
* Will Smith, actor $4,600
* David Sutcliffe, “Gilmore Girls” Actor $1,250
* Isaiah Washington, former “Grey’s Anatomy” Actor $2,300
* Joanne Woodward, Actress $4,600

* Shelley Morrison, actress (“Rosario” on “Will and Grace”): $1600
* Alexandra Paul, actress, “Baywatch” co-star: $1300
* Deirdre Hall, “Days of Our Lives” actress: $1000
* Hector Elizondo, actor: $300

* Michael Douglas, actor: $3100
* Val Kilmer, actor: $2300
* Paul Newman, actor: $2300
* Edward James Olmos, actor: $2300
* Wendie Malick, “Just Shoot Me” actress: $500
* Steven Spielberg, director: $2300
* Kate Capshaw, actress, wife of Steven Spielberg: $2300
* Jodie Foster, actress: $1000
* Christie Brinkley, self-described as “Model/Mom/Environmental activist”: $500
* Bette Midler, actress/singer: $4600
* Sherry Lansing, former film executive: $2300
* William Friedkin, director: $2300
* James L. Brooks, producer/writer: $1000

* Tony Sirico, actor, “Paulie Walnuts” on “The Sopranos”: $1000
* Melissa Gilbert, actress: $4600

soundoff (91 Responses)
  1. R. C. NYC

    You've left out an important donor, Barbra Streisand, who has given to all the Democrat candidates!

    July 16, 2007 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  2. Suzanne Cordier

    $1000 to Giuliani? Another reason to despise Paulie Walnuts.

    July 16, 2007 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  3. Vermin F. Cockwolf, Asheville, NC

    Are we to believe that only democrat candidates and Giuliani have received celebrity donations?

    July 16, 2007 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  4. GoodbyeKitty, Austin Texas

    Where's the list of the republican donors? And dont say there arent any,because there are.Its more likely that a list of republicans in hollywood doesnt fit into myth of "liberal hollywood"

    July 16, 2007 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  5. Paul, Atlanta, GA.

    Gee whiz, all the politics a celeb can buy for under 5 grand ... and, they forgot Barbara Streisand ... you giant ignoramus.

    When a similar light is shed on the millions of dollars that corporate America pumps into the Republican party ... then I'll give a crap.

    July 16, 2007 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  6. Joanne Voorhees, NJ

    And this is news... why?

    Aren't there a few things more important for your top story other than celebrity campaign contributions.

    Why don't you do your job and place priority on things that are important to American people's lives?

    July 16, 2007 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  7. Alex, NYC

    I'm not going to bash this list too much, mostly just because I feel really sorry for all those poor interns you made pore through those many thousands of names.

    But this is article is missing an explanation of why there are listings for conservative candidates; or at least one stating that you were only able to obtain whatever lists you were able to obtain.

    July 16, 2007 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  8. Bobby Vassallo

    After spending a few years in L.A., I must say, where celebrities spend their money is not of any importance to me. By their own career choice, actors are generally the least (formally) educated cross/section of society. Much like signing a pitcher out of high school, I personally wouldn't consider this group in a position of influencing my decisions on many topics other than maybe "lighting", perhaps.

    July 16, 2007 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  9. Andrea, Boston MA

    Lots of celebrities like Barbra Streisand are missing from this list because this list includes the donors from this quarter only. Any celebrities who donated in previous quarters would not be included here.

    July 16, 2007 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  10. Marcotico

    Yeah, I'd like to see a similar list of personal contributions by CEO's of major corporations. I'm a lot more worried about the favors that those guys can call in, than a bunch of actors and producers.

    July 16, 2007 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  11. Patrick Henry

    Hey this is great we get to see
    the new Hollywood toilet paper,
    before it becomes the new "Green"
    in paper to use. What is your favorite brand? Frannie Drescher looks good
    how about Christie Brinkley?

    Any wonder why these people are so out of touch? they want change and not one
    had Ron Paul?

    Tony Sirico, of all people Rudy?
    he put all Italians innocent and
    guilty away for life, what kids of wise
    guy are you?

    better tune into the real world

    July 16, 2007 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  12. David, Toronto, Ontario

    Great job CNN, you've exposed the dirty underbelly of Hollywood and their nasty gifts of hundreds of dollars to Democrats.

    If we allow this to continue unnoticed, one day we'll wake up to find that they've donated almost 1% of what corporations donate to Republicans.

    July 16, 2007 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  13. Jared

    Didn't Adam Sandler donate to Giuliani? I bet this is only a small fraction of the total donations.

    July 16, 2007 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  14. Neal Hemphill, New York, NY

    I love HuffPost, but I think these kind of articles really weaken it's impact. This is so unimportant. It's gossipy, not relevant to anything, and pushes the blog into a silly kind of realm.

    July 16, 2007 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  15. Carolyn

    Thanks. Interesting info. Next time I'd like to see Mel Gibson and Charles Heston's (Jesus and Moses, respectively) donations listed.

    July 16, 2007 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  16. Disinterested Observer

    Hey Paul, ya dope ... do you really think Corporations don't donate to DEMOCRATS too??

    If you do, someone needs to donate a quarter to you so you can buy a clue.

    July 16, 2007 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  17. Keith, Columbia, MD

    How can Pauly Shore afford to give $1000 to a candidate?! Shouldn't someone be donating $1000 to him?!

    July 16, 2007 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    I'd like to see the complete list with celebrities from the other funraising quarters.

    July 16, 2007 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  19. Tee, Heflin, LA

    To those of you who said "Why is this news?"...Why did you read it?

    July 16, 2007 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  20. Kyle, Kansas City, MO

    You people are so angry about this campaign already and we still have 16 months to go. CNN is covering news all over and this is merely a piece of interest to many people out there. If you hadn't noticed, we are a celebrity-obsessed culture. And if Lindsay Lohan checking out of rehab is worthy of the front page, so is this. Relax.

    July 16, 2007 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  21. Barabas

    Pauly Shore supports Hillary! If thats not enough of a reason to NOT vote for her, I don't know what is.

    P.S. Where did Pauly Shore get $1000? Doesn't he work at Burger King now?

    July 16, 2007 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  22. Mary Oldfort, Lincoln, DO

    It says elsewhere on CNN Adam Sandler also gave to Giuliani

    July 16, 2007 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  23. Joe Anon Brooklyn

    They forgot to report that the giant doofus Adam Sandler gave the maximum allowed to Guiliani. Not that I liked him before, but now I despise him. I think sandler, and anyone else for that matter, must be dilusional in order to give $ to any pig republican after what this adminisrtration's done to our country...

    July 16, 2007 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  24. Kaleto, San Diego, CA

    To answer Joanne's question, it's important because some people want to know where their entertainment $ are going. If Ben Stiller is giving more than the legal limit to Shrillary, then maybe I won't see his movies anymore. And if Paul Newman is giving to all the dems, then maybe I won't buy his dressing anymore.
    And to Suzanne Cordier, "Go get your shinebox!"

    July 16, 2007 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
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