Celebs open their wallets in White House race, mostly for Obama
July 24th, 2012
01:29 PM ET
8 years 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.

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
Rob Minkoff (The Lion King): $2500
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

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

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

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. petemg

    So what has obama promised the celebreties extra money at our expense or a position on obama's cabinet. Too bad obama isn't concerned about national debt. Oh he is concerned about his own wallet.

    July 25, 2012 07:10 am at 7:10 am |
  2. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    Thank you Hollywood! Together we can keep the teapublicans at bay and re-elect President Obama and this winning administration committed to the welfare of the American people and the growth of our nation! Obama/Biden/Roberts 2012!

    July 25, 2012 07:13 am at 7:13 am |
  3. Out Of Touch with reality

    guess I will QUIT spending my money on anything that associates these people with entertainment, say good bye to my money, its call boycott all you obamanites, haha, no more money spent on you.

    July 25, 2012 07:14 am at 7:14 am |
  4. Jerry

    Now, now, who is raking it (cash) in? It's definitely NOT Mr. Romney. I guess that is ONE of the reasons "The Clueless One" spends so much time in California with these equally clueless actors and actresses, instead of taking care of the issues (economy, jobs, etc., etc., etc.) affecting America. That is when HE is not on the golf course or hamming it up for photo ops. And most of these junkets are on the taxpayer's dime.

    Then HE claims to care about the middle class and low-income?!

    I am also guessing these drug "munching" actors and actresses love to "Bend Forward."

    With Mr. Obama, hypocrisy knows no bounds!!!

    July 25, 2012 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  5. John

    Right after these mega millionaire celbrities wrote their checks did they demonize Mitt Romney for being rich like Obama, who is also rich does?

    July 25, 2012 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  6. Dave, Central Illinois

    All those 1%ers sure come in handy for cash handouts. Obama – hypocrit in chief.

    July 25, 2012 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  7. Steveno

    How does it feel supporting the 1%, libs? How are these rich liberals like the working poor? Why should they vote for the same guy the 1% supports?

    July 25, 2012 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  8. Lizzie

    Texas Bob, the President does not need help with discrediting himself, he does it all by himself.
    Where are Barabara Streisand or Clint Eastwood oh that's right the hold fundraisers for the poor people with over $35000 a plate. Clint Eastwood gets personally invited by the Marine Corps every year to the Marine Corps Ball Nov. 10th, but has yet to show up.

    July 25, 2012 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  9. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Jmaz is one of those that resent the fact that our POTUS and FLOTUS are OBLIGED, byt the very nature of their positions, to dress the part. And yet our First Lady has had to dress herself down because the rabit right wing nutjobs don't want her to look presentable under the guise of "so many people are unemployed". No one has ever expected our President and First Lady to walk around looking like hobos, until now, wonder why. But yet it is perfectly okay for the obscenely wealthy Romneys to go around campaigning in $1000 T-ShIRTS!! $1000 T-SHIRTS!! WTH?!
    Our President and First Lady represent all Americans. It makes us feel GOOD to see them looking GOOD amongst the other dignitaries, it says something positive about our country. Not even heads of states of poor countries are expected to go around representing famine, disease, and unemployment via their attire.
    Dressing the part goes with the job no matter who is in residence at the White House. Stop being so ignorant.

    July 25, 2012 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  10. Taylor

    One thing you can believe is the went Hollywood donotes they don't want nothing in return But with Romney donors there is a motive they want no clear aire, not clean water, no education, (regulations) and the lists goes on. So when some of you start the bs about Obama donors you better look at Romney and the reason why. Romney donors does not like him but you better believe that his donors are going to cash in and they will be running the country . Look at the big picture, Really !

    July 25, 2012 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  11. Workers Unite !

    The hardest working commies in Hollywood support Obama !

    July 25, 2012 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  12. quinLee

    Looking at Romney’s list, the funny thing is Jerry Bruckheimer might be the only guy listed that Romney would even think about hanging out with.
    The rest wouldn’t get through his front gate:
    • Vince McMahon—Pro Wrestling-Nuff said
    • Scott Baio—washed up actor that received death threats for tweeting racist Michelle Obama joke
    • John Rich—Country singer—Not likely played in the Romney household-yet many country music lovers will line up to vote for this guy even when he could give a damn about you or your well being.

    July 25, 2012 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  13. Chumlee

    Obama/Biden 2012

    July 25, 2012 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  14. h

    obamy is such a farce.

    July 25, 2012 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  15. Taylor

    July 24, 2012 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
    Formed Dem now Republican

    Here is an honest question that you dems will never admit to. If you had a $1000 and wanted to invest it and turn it into $2000, who would you give your money to invest for you? Obama or Romney? If your answer to this is Obama then you are clearly small minded. Plus at the end of the day, it is proven that conservatives are more successful than liberals because liberals are all dirt bags that sit home and collect government
    You are not a former Dem turned Rep......stop playing games please. a former Dem will not say anything like this. If you look at the big picture you are the dirt bag and it seems to me that you are at home body that needs to take your meds......

    July 25, 2012 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  16. virgil d,andrea

    iam a demcrat.ithink that pres. ombma should get 4 more years

    July 25, 2012 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  17. FORWARD into the Obama FISCAL ABYSS

    No surprise here.... Hollywood celebrities paying Obama back for all the Whitehouse invitations to state events. It is another example of the Obama corruption club. Taxpayer paid for events are used to provide special access and make these Obama groupies feel special. Now they funnel money to him.

    July 25, 2012 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  18. Toby McDooogan

    Hollywood movie violence is what has caused increased the overall violence in America. Of course Hollywood supports Obama!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

    July 25, 2012 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  19. once upon a horse

    except for a select few Hollywood has normally supported the Democrat candidate remember FOB (friends of Bill) and even JFK so for them to support Obama as well is really nothing new.

    July 25, 2012 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  20. once upon a horse

    what I did find interesting here reading some of the posts is that it appears in order for some people to support certain entertainers they have to share the same political views. There were some here that said since so-so supports Obama or Romney that they will NEVER go see a moive or buy a recording by that person again. Very interesting.

    July 25, 2012 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  21. Larry L


    Morgan is a 1% and oviously an idiot to give this jerk money. what is wrong with you people the anti-crist is among us he is now living in the white house if you gave satan money you know what happens
    You folks told us Bill Clinton was the Anti-Christ! Darn... this changes things now that I know it's not Bill. Do you guys have some sort of "Atni-Christ-O-Meter" where you can measure the "Anti-Christiness" of the various candidates? Excuse me... I'm writing this from my phone in church... "Please pass the snakes Brother Bubba..." (BB)

    July 25, 2012 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  22. Worst President Ever

    Obama had my support in 2008, but he has broken nearly every promise and has this country on the brink of European style bankruptcy. Four more years of tax and record breaking spending will destroy this country.

    We need someone who understand how to budget. Obama couldn't get a single vote for his budget even from his own party....pathetic.
    Time for a change so we can have some hope.

    July 25, 2012 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  23. Thomas

    @Worst President Ever

    Obama had my support in 2008, but he has broken nearly every promise and has this country on the brink of European style bankruptcy. Four more years of tax and record breaking spending will destroy this country.

    We need someone who understand how to budget. Obama couldn't get a single vote for his budget even from his own party....pathetic.
    Time for a change so we can have some hope.

    Give me a break !
    You voted for GW Bush twice , then McCain .

    Worst president , did you just come out of a coma ?
    You Romney supporters have such a double standard , if a donation is made from an anonymous supper pac its ok , if its from an actor who is upfront you find that non acceptable.

    July 25, 2012 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  24. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Running a COUNTRY is not the same as running a COMPANY. Come on now, how many times are some of you going to make this ridiculous apples to bricks comparison?
    If President Obama ran this country like Romney ran Bain Capital you'd impeach him tout suite, as well you should.
    If I want to increase my personal wealth I'd go to a vulture like Romney. If I'm looking to improve my country's lot I'd go to President Obama.

    July 25, 2012 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  25. stranger in an increasingly strange land

    Celebrities openly support Obama while the Republican backers form huge PAC's so that people won't know those backers are from the top 1% of the super rich. The Koch brothers throw million after million into Tea Party finance groups as well as other ultra-conservative ads which are designed to benefit the upper reaches of the wealthy.

    Romney does not supprot the United States. He hides his money abroad to avoid paying his fair share of taxes. He claims to have had no dealings with Bain while they were outsourcing American jobs and destroying American families, yet he signed over 200 orders to do so as the CEO up to two years after he claims he stopped.

    Romney knows nothing of the problems facing the average family. If the average families car breaks down, they could be forced to choose between repairs and food. Romney would just use one of the spare Caddilacs. If the average family has someone with MS they might have to choose between medical care or falling behind on their mortgage. Romney got the finest care in the world for his wife and bought her horses and an arena for "Riding Therapy".

    July 25, 2012 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
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