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George Clooney Fundraiser Banks $15 Million for Hillary Clinton

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Hillary Clinton, Rob and Alisa Bair, Amal and George Clooney. Photo credit: Adam Schultz.

Four years ago, George Clooney made headlines when he hosted a fundraiser for President Obama at his Studio City home that took in $15 million and was attended by the likes of Robert Downey Jr., Eddie Murphy and Salma Hayek.

Last month, Clooney held a fundraiser for Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton, which also raised $15 million. Celebrity attendees included Clooney and his wife Amal, Ellen DeGeneres, Portia de Rossi, Jane Fonda, Anna Wintour and Jim Parsons, according to Variety.

Earlier in the day, Clinton and Clooney attended an event at Jeffrey Katzenberg’s Beverly Hills home. Attendees included co-hosts Casey Wasserman, Haim Saban, and Steven Spielberg and Kate Capshaw. James Cameron, George Lucas and his wife Mellody Hobson were also in attendance.

Nearly 150 people attended the events. Individual tickets went for $33,400 per person, while co-hosts contributed $50,000, and event co-chairs contributed $353,000, Variety reports.

Outside the events, supporters of Bernie Sanders protested Clinton and the high-dollar fundraisers. Actress Frances Fisher was among the protesters.

Clooney’s neighbor held a “99% Party” in support of Sanders. Attendees paid $27 per person, and co-hosts included radio host Cary Harrison, actor Andrew Keegan and director Matthew Cooke.

In an interview with NBC’s Chuck Todd, Clooney agreed with Sanders’ supporters.

“They’re absolutely right,” said Clooney. “It is an obscene amount of money. The Sanders campaign when they talk about it is absolutely right. It’s ridiculous that we should have this kind of money in politics. I agree completely.”

 

 

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George Clooney: Donald Trump a “xenophobic fascist”

George Clooney is no fan of The Donald.

In a recent interview with The Guardian, Clooney slammed Donald Trump over recent comments on the campaign trail.

“He’s just an opportunist. Now he’s a fascist; a xenophobic fascist,” Clooney said. “Let’s put things into perspective. You know, the truth of the matter is, in election season, things go crazy, and the loudest voices are the furthest and most extreme. So you hear a massively stupid idea, like we’re going to ban Muslims from the country. Now, we’re not ever going to do that.” He shrugs. “It says in the Statue of Liberty, bring us your huddled masses. It’s not what’s going to happen.”

The Academy Award-winning actor famously fundraised for President Obama in 2012 — raking in $12 million dollars at an event at the actor’s house.

In 2016, Clooney’s backing Hillary Clinton.

“I am a Hillary supporter. I am doing a fundraiser for her,” said Clooney.

Clooney gave Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) credit for his effort in the Democratic primary.

“I really love Bernie Sanders, and am really glad he is in the debate. He is forcing the conversation to things that never get talked about in US politics: disparity between the rich and the poor, which is getting worse and worse every day,” he said.

Josh Hutcherson, Susan Sarandon and Other Celebs Flock to Iowa for Bernie Sanders

Actors Josh Hutcherson, Susan Sarandon, Justin Long and musicians from Vampire Weekend and Foster the People hit the campaign trail for Sen. Bernie Sanders ahead of the Iowa Caucuses.

 

 

Bernie Sanders Sits Down With Ellen DeGeneres

Mark Foster of ‘Foster the People’ Makes Presidential Endorsement

Mark Foster of Foster the People endorsed Bernie Sanders for president today on Facebook.

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After following this man for the last few months and hearing what he has to say, I have decided to support Bernie Sanders and do what I can to help him become the next President of the United States. Last night a group of us met with Mr. Sanders and had a creative meeting about how to spread his message to people that haven’t been educated on what he stands for. I would love to reach out to all of you for creative ideas and help; so we can come together and radically change the institutions that have controlled this country using fear, power, and greed. From reforming Wall Street & the corruption in corporate America, to proactively addressing climate change. From helping create free college; to providing free health care to everyone. And giving paid maternity leave to new mothers. These aren’t new ideas to a lot of the Western world. But they are new ideas to the United States. And to me they Just Make Sense. The people truly have the power to change the way this country is run. If we come together and create a collective voice, we can knock down the old walls. With that same voice, we can rebuild something beautiful for our future kids and grandkids. ‪#‎feelthebern‬‪#‎bernie2016‬ 🇺🇸

-Mark Foster

Bernie Enlists Hollywood Help

A few months ago, many political pundits called Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-VT) bid for the White House a longshot. Today, Sanders leads Hillary Clinton and the rest of his Democratic opponents in crucial states, including Iowa and New Hampshire, according to recent polling.

With momentum picking up, the Sanders campaign released the names of 128 celebrities who have pledged support for the campaign.

Jackson Browne, David Crosby, Will Ferrell, Margaret Cho, Danny DeVito, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Juliette Lewis, Zoë Kravitz, Justin Long, Ezra Miller, Graham Nash, Patton Oswalt, Jeremy Piven, John C. Reilly, Bonnie Raitt, Sarah Silverman, Steve Wozniak and Hans Zimmer.

“We — the undersigned artists, musicians, and cultural leaders of America — are excited to endorse a new vision for our country. It’s a vision that pushes for a progressive economic agenda,” reads the campaign page.

Mark Ruffalo and Susan Sarandon, whose names were also on the list, were early celebrity supporters of Sanders. DeVito maxed out political contributions to Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, who is also seeking the Democratic nomination, earlier this year.

On Friday, Ruffalo shared an image of himself at a Sanders rally in New York City.

#feelthebern2016 This guy is for real.

A photo posted by Mark Ruffalo (@markruffalo) on Sep 18, 2015 at 10:01am PDT

2016 Donors: Who Hollywood’s Backing

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Last Wednesday was the Federal Election Commission’s deadline for filed political candidates to submit their quarterly fundraising reports. Here’s who Hollywood is backing in the race for the White House:

Hillary Clinton

Tobey Maguire -$2,700
Dakota Fanning – $250
Rebecca Gayheart – $250
Ted Danson -$2,700
Ben Affleck – $2,700
Richard Gere -$2,700
Mary Steenburgen – $2,700
Chloe Moretz – $100
Bradley Whitford – $2,700
Leonardo DiCaprio – $2,700
Jeffrey Wright – $250
America Ferrera – $2,700
Lukas Haas -$2,700
John Galecki -$2,700
Bryan Cranston -$2,700
Jim Parsons – $2,700
Jennifer Garner $2,700
Chris Colfer – $2,700
Jesse Eisenberg – $1,000
Tim Meadows – $500
Glenn Close – $2,700
Kate Bosworth – $500
Kate Capshaw – $2,700
Katey Sagal – $2,700
Olivia Wilde – $2,700
Eva Longoria – $2,700
Melanie Griffith – $1,000
Reese Witherspoon $2,700
Kate Hudson – $2,700
Charlize Theron – $2,700
Elizabeth Banks – $2,700
Marlo Thomas – $2,700
Chuck Lorre – $2,700
Stephen Spielberg – $2,700
Quincy Jones – $2,700
Barbra Streisand – $2,700
Magic Johnson – $2,700
Beyoncé Knowles – $2,700
Jon Bon Jovi – $2,700
Ari Emanuel – $2,700
Sarah Silverman – $2,700
Leonard Amato – $2,700
Howard Stern – $2,700
Rob Reiner – $2,700
Stevie Wonder – $2,700
Alex Rodriguez – $2,700

Jeb Bush

Eli Manning – $2,700
Steve Smith – $2,500

Ben Carson

Roger McGuinn – $1,000

Mike Huckabee

Chuck Norris – $2,700

Marco Rubio

Rick Harrison – $5,000

Martin O’Malley (D)

Danny DeVito – $2,700

Bernie Sanders (D)

Susan Sarandon – $1,000
Mark Ruffalo – $825