January 1st, 2009
09:30 AM ET
14 years ago

Celebs give big bucks to Obama's inauguration


CNN's Jim Acosta reports on the list of celebrities donating to Obama's presidential inauguration.

(CNN) - The rich and famous are donating big bucks to Barack Obama's inauguration, CNN's Jim Acosta reports.

Steven Spielberg, Halle Berry, Sharon Stone, and Jamie Fox are among the Hollywood stars who have donated the maximum $50,000 to the Presidential Inauguration Committee.

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  1. Franky

    That's a whole lot of dough right there...

    January 1, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  2. From PA

    Maybe they should donate this money to our economy!

    January 1, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |


    January 1, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  4. Ken Sawyer

    why do they not give it to the people who need it? Could it be that it would not make the news. I expect this to be moderated also and sent to CNN can.

    January 1, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  5. tim

    They should all contribute to his defense fund. Release the
    Rezko and Gov. tapes. America has the right to know.

    January 1, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  6. Ken Sawyer

    There should be something given back for the crap they are sending out of Hollywood. Kudos to the shyster who took them for a ride while they were looking for a fast buck in the ponzi scheme.

    January 1, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  7. Leigh

    Tell me, WHY couldn't this money have been donated to many other causes that desperately need the money? This makes me so sad. Our country has it's priorities mixed up when they can't take care of the common man but celebrities who are way overpaid to begin with can give to a president-elect who raised the most money ever during his run for office (lest we forget the big corporate payouts to his campain – anyone remember that secret meeting in Denver??). There is still plenty of those resources left, so why not use it to wrap up this inauguration stuff? In a time like this, yes let's be happy because of a new day, but my gosh people....put the money elsewhere so that it can be used for GOOD and to actually HELP your fellow countrymen. We have some serious issues that have always been around and many more that have been added to that list, in just the past few years. PLEASE America...let's keep everyone accountable to help our fellow countrymen. Everything – a family, companies, schools, and government (a country), is only as strong as its weakest link. Pray that we remember this from here on out. When times are good I don't think everyone pauses to remember what's important in life – and celebrities donating absurd amounts of money to an inauguration just don't cut it for me.

    January 1, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  8. Paul in SC

    This is news??

    January 1, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  9. Dave, Illinois

    Oh, and here is another example of how the Left spends their money – downspalin.blogspot.com. The true face of the Left now appears.

    January 1, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  10. tk in IL

    I'd like to know why CNN neglects to inform readers here that Obama has been advertising/soliciting for donations to his inauguration to the avg citizens of IL? It's certainly no secret here. With all that surplus of $ from his campaign, couldn't he try something a bit more tactful in this day's economy? And people think he's a "strong and decisive" leader. I don't see it anymore.

    January 1, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  11. Mark, B'ham., Al.

    If you do believe lobbyist, corporations and special interest are not donating to this inauguration you will believe everything good about the administration and nothing bad about the administration that is put out for the next 4 years, just like LEMINGS!

    January 1, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  12. Gerry in Va. for Obama.

    And so what.... It's their money, their choice for president, so why shouldn't they. Why don't you na sayers go back and look at WHO and HOW MUCH was donated to past administration inaug parties and then maybe you'll shut up. Unless, your one of THOSE who would bash ANYTHING connected to PEObama simply because he is who he is...

    January 1, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  13. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Why aren't we discussing T. Boone Pickens' funding of the Swift Boat Vets?!

    This story is nothing compared to that!!!

    January 1, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  14. Ken Sawyer

    I hate to pop a bubble but everything connected to the government is paid for by tax money one way or another. I feel sure that ,if the truth was told by Obama during the campaign ,a lot of the money came from people who did without food or necessities to send money to him . Washington DC will have to clean up the mess also at taxpayer expense.

    January 1, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  15. Mark, B'ham., Al.

    The 4 year party of the same old tax and spend liberals will be starting on the 20th. Oh, for those in uniform, welfare will be getting better pay raises than you, I know form my 20 years in uniform under both parties who gave us better pay raises.

    January 1, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  16. bashing baby seals in Alaska

    I gave to the" Poor Republicans Fund for More Guns", deer meat I shot in cages on Ted Nugents ranch in Texas.

    January 1, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  17. Sherrol in Canada

    What's the big deal folks? These guys can afford it and they do have the right to do what they want with THEIR money. It may seem alot to many, but to someone that makes the kind of money they do, it's simply pocket change.

    You need to put things into perspective – the more we earn is the more we spend, and then some. I bet $50, 000 to these folks is like $50 to someone making $50,000 a year.

    As per Chris Rock – 'don't hate the player, hate the game'.

    Happy New Year!!!

    January 1, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  18. Steve in Las Vegas,NV

    I smell tax write off here!!. Donations of that size to help the poor, the food banks, and the homeless would be a better thing, but not so glamorous.

    January 1, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  19. Meka


    January 1, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  20. 19 More Days!!

    TCM: What a sad life you must lead. All you do is complain about Obama's celebrity status and denigrade the people who support him.

    "I wonder if Cheney would have supported Bush if he were black."..that is how stupid you sound!!

    January 1, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  21. German,Irish American

    It will be interesting to listen to these same people tell us how we, the stupid ignorant conservatives, are causing global warming, while they fly to this drunkfest in their private jets and then ride around in gas guzzling limousines to attend all the parties that will leave more trash in a few hours than a small city of 100,000 will leave in a month. HYPROCRACY! CHANGE WE CAN BELIEVE IN!

    January 1, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  22. Mari

    ALL People ARE FREE to give money to whom they please! LET'S NOT FORGET THE MILLIONS GIVEN TO G.W. BUSH!


    HAPPY, BLESSED, HOPEFUL & PEACEFUL NEW YEAR TO ALL ...even to you, far-right-nuts!

    HOPE WON..............HOPE WON........... HOPE WON.........HOPE WON.....

    January 1, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  23. chowda

    Too bad they couldn't donate money to the disabled soldiers returning home who in turn fought for their (celebrities) freedom to make all of that money!

    January 1, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  24. S Callahan

    T. Boone Pickens has lots of money, so what ...and does what he chooses with it...but at least he is not flaunting for his dollars for selfish gratification and is one of the few rich honestly trying to make a difference for the betterment of USA (enviroment). Even if it serves the purpose of earning him more money at least He is trying to help and that is what matters.

    January 1, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  25. baby seals in Alaska

    I give my homemade handbag money to the "Theodore Nuggents Animal Preservation Fund.

    January 1, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
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