The Kennedy family first conquered Hollywood when patriarch Joseph P. Kennedy produced silent pictures in the 1920s — and nearly a century later it is still a name to be reckoned with.
The Hollywood Reporter says movie powerhouses as Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg, and Jeffrey Katzenberg are among those contributing to the war chest of Bobby Shriver
, who is running for a supervisorial seat in Los Angeles County.
Shriver is the son of Sargent Shriver and Eunice Kennedy Shriver, sister of President John F. Kennedy and Sens. Robert F. Kennedy and Ted Kennedy.
He is also the ex-brother-in-law of action star and former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Shriver produced the 1994 Schwarzenegger smash "True Lies," and is co-founder with U2 rocker Bono of DATA (Debt, AIDS, Trade in Africa), which works for social equality and justice in Africa.
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The Reporter says that since Shriver, 59, announced his run in January, he has accumulated about $848,000.
Others who have contributed to Shriver's campaign include Oprah Winfrey, Warren Beatty, Larry David, Rob Lowe, Larry David, Ted Danson, Michael Douglas, J.J. Abrams, Harvey Keitel, and David Geffen.
Shriver, an attorney, does have political chops — he was a member of the Santa Monica City Council from 2004 to 2012. And he served as mayor pro tem in 2006 and mayor in 2010.
His leading rival in the supervisorial seat being vacated by Zev Yaroslavsky is Sheila Kuehl, a former state lawmaker from Santa Monica.
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