Monthly Archives: August 2014

Photo of the Day: Lauren Bacall and President Harry Truman

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Actress Lauren Bacall and President Harry Truman.

 

Legendary Golden Age actress Lauren Bacall passed away Aug. 12. Bacall, a Democrat, was politically active throughout her life. She famously supported Sen. Ted Kennedy’s 1980 presidential campaign and attended his funeral in 2009. 

Denzel Washington Gives to Georgia Senate Hopeful

Actor Denzel Washington donated to Georgia Democratic Senate candidate, Michelle Nunn, according to FEC Reports.

Nunn is the former CEO of Points of Light, a non-profit organization founded by President George H.W. Bush, and daughter of former Georgia Sen. Sam Nunn. She is facing an uphill battle against businessman David Perdue. 

Due to the Peach State’s changing demographics, the usually Republican leaning state is now considered a potential pickup for Democrats this fall. The seat is being vacated by retiring Sen. Saxby Chambliss

Washington previously donated to President Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign and attended events for the 2009 inauguration

Other famous names donating and campaigning for the Nunn campaign include Samuel L. Jackson and baseball legend Hank Aaron.

The Political Life of Robin Williams

Photo Credit: Petar Kujundzic/Reuters

Photo Credit: Petar Kujundzic/Reuters

Robin Williams was known for his generous contributions to charitable organizations and causes, including St. Jude Children’s Hospital and Comic Relief, as well as his passion for supporting and entertaining the troops.

Williams was also politically active and made several large contributions to Democratic candidates and political action committees.

Over the last two decades, the Oscar-winning actor contributed to the campaigns of Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), and former presidential candidate and Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

Most recently, Williams contributed to Sen. Al Franken’s 2008 campaign. Williams also contributed to the Minnesota Democratic Farmer-Labor Party and the Wisconsin Democratic Party, as well as the Hollywood Women’s Political Committee.

On Tuesday, Franken posted his regards to his Facebook page.

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President Obama also offered his condolences on social media.

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In 1990, Williams testified before the Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee in support of the Homelessness Prevention and Community Revitalization Act to help prevent homelessness. Along with Whoopi Goldberg and Billy Crystal, Williams hosted events and fundraisers for Comic Relief, a non-profit charity that raised funds to help homeless people and others in need. 

Billy Crystal, Ted Kennedy, Whoopi Goldberg, Robin Williams - HBO's 7th Annual Comic Relief, 1995 Photo Credit: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic.com

Billy Crystal, Ted Kennedy, Whoopi Goldberg, Robin Williams – HBO’s 7th Annual Comic Relief, 1995
Photo Credit: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic.com

 

Maggie Gyllenhaal Disappointed in Obama

Actress Maggie Gyllenhaal, previously a staunch supporter and contributor to Barack Obama’s presidential campaigns, said the Commander in Chief has let her down.

“I really believed in him, and I’m not sure what he believes in anymore,” Gyllenhaal told TIME magazine in late July.

Gyllenhaal contributed $3,300 to Obama’s 2008 campaign and $2,500 to the 2012 campaign, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

“Look, I get it, I know. It’s a complicated job,” Gyllenhaal said. “I could never do it. But I hope for a leader who will stand up and be unpopular.”