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

 

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