Obama Gets Big Hollywood Money

Monday, 18 Jul 2011 08:53 AM

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Rolling the credits for President Barack Obama’s fund-raising campaign chronicles a star-studded cast of A-list Hollywood and TV stars, as well as other entertainers, pitching thousands into his campaign coffers, according to the second-quarter Federal Election Commission report.

George Clooney, Sharon Stone, Obama  
George Clooney and Sharon Stone have appeared together not only at an AIDS benefit in 2007 but also on President Obama's list of contributors. (Getty Images Photo)  
Top-billing stars among the more than 550,00 donors to Obama’s second-quarter fundraising include George Clooney, Michael Douglas, Sharon Stone, Michael Keaton, and Tom Hanks and his wife, Rita Wilson, Politico reports. Also pitching in were filmmaker Steven Spielberg and his wife, actress Kate Capshaw, as wells as Jennifer Garner and Gwyneth Paltrow, who contributed under their married names — Affleck and Martin, respectively.

“30 Rock” actor Alec Baldwin, who has been mentioned as a potential candidate for New York City Mayor, also coughed up coins, as well as several other TV names, including Tony Shalhoub of “Monk;” Jane Lynch of “Glee;” Dennis Haysbert, who played a president on “24” and now has a lucrative gig pitching Allstate Insurance; and sci-fi stars Scott Bakula and Richard Dean Anderson.

Sharon Stone, Michael Douglas, Obama
Sharon Stone presents actor Michael Douglas the Swarovski President's Award during the 11th annual Costume Designers Guild Awards in February 2009. (Getty Images Photo)
Other contributors include stars such as Vanessa Williams, Anthony Edwards of “ER,” John Cho of “Star Trek,” Jennifer Morrison of “House,” Christa Miller of “Cougar Town,” and Brenda Strong of “Desperate Housewives.”

But WAIT, as they say on TV commercials with B-list actors, there are more on the list of contributors to Obama’s record-breaking nearly $86 million in donations: comedians Will Ferrell and Carl Reiner, and Yeardley Smith of “The Simpsons.”

The president’s re-election campaign raised $47 million, and the Democratic National Committee raised $38 million through Obama’s joint committee, according to the July report.

Politico’s crunching of the numbers indicates that about 40 percent of the president’s haul came from big-money bundlers, including top Hollywood insiders Andy Spahn, Ari Emanuel, and Jeffrey Katzenberg.

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