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It's a Democrat Landslide in Hollywood

Tuesday, 07 November 2000 12:00 AM

Well, at least the 2000 election campaign has been an overwhelming victory among Academy Award winners. These heroes of Hollywood contributed 41 times more money to Democrats and liberal lobbies than to Republicans and conservative coalitions.

Led by director Steven Spielberg's $160,000 in gifts and actor Michael Douglas's $98,500, 31 Oscar-winning actors, actresses, and directors bestowed $382,000 upon Democrat causes.

Since spending on presidential, Senate, and House campaigns is expected to top $3 billion this year, this cash is of minor importance to the Democrats. But that party's near-monopoly on the hearts and minds of these influential icons poses a long-term obstacle to the GOP's hopes of shedding its image as the uncool party.

Because young Americans pay less attention to public affairs and more to popular culture each year, this may not bode well for the Republicans.

Top Democrat donors in this election include "Funny Girl" star Barbra Streisand ($19,500), "Out of Africa" director Sydney Pollack ($16,500), "Philadelphia" star Tom Hanks ($16,500), "Raging Bull" star Robert De Niro ($6,000), and "American Beauty" Kevin Spacey star ($5,000).

These numbers are according to preliminary Federal Election Commission tables. The data (available at www.OpenSecrets.org ) are not complete, however. For example, entertainers can hide their party preference by donating "soft money" under the name of their production companies. It is also subject to clerical errors. Still, the overall picture of Democrat dominance is clear.

Other Oscar-winning Democrat benefactors include such veteran cinematic liberals as Susan Sarandon, Robin Williams, Paul Newman, Jane Fonda, Jack Nicholson, Robert Redford and Woody Allen.

Like most political contributors in any profession, Hollywood's Democrat party regulars are not as young as they'd like to be. Still, they boast a few newcomers such as Gwyneth Paltrow and Cuba Gooding Jr.

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