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Hillary Rakes in Hollywood Dough

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Last week, the Federal Election Commission (FEC) began releasing presidential candidates’ third quarter financial reports. The reports detail information on all donors who contribute over $200 to the campaign. Below is a list of celebrities who donated to the White House hopefuls:

Hillary Clinton 

  • Chloe Moretz – $1,500
  • Geena Davis – $2,700
  • Michael Douglas – $2,700
  • Tom Hanks – $2,700
  • Rita Wilson – $2,700
  • Jesse Tyler Ferguson – $2,700
  • Josh Peck – $2,700
  • Candice Bergen – $2,500
  • Marg Helgenberger – $500
  • Matt Damon – $2,700
  • Meg Ryan – $2,700
  • Corey Feldman – $201
  • Allie Grant
  • Octavia Spencer – $2,700

Updated: Grimes Garners Hollywood Support

UPDATE April 13, 2014: 

The list of Grimes’ Hollywood supporters continues to grow. The Hill reported in late October that Danny DeVito, Jack Black, Jon Hamm, Nicolas Cage, Jerry Seinfeld, Cameron Diaz, Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner, Leonardo DiCaprio, Mike Meyers, James Cameron, Steven Speilberg, and J.J. Abrams all gave the maximum $5,200 to Grimes’ campaign. Chris Rock and Ted Danson contributed $5,000. Actor Ben Stiller gave $2,500, Barbra Streisand and Aaron Sorkin contributed $1,000, while Woody Allen and Leonard Nimoy gave $500 each, according to FEC filings.

After a closer look the FEC filings, there are a few more names to add to the list: Nicholas Cage, Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, Judd Apatow, Rhea Perlman, Mark Burnett, Kate Capshaw, Norman Lear, David Geffen, Ari Emanuel, and Leslie Mann all donating $5,200. Veteran actor Kirk Douglas gave $5,000, Ron Meyer and America Ferrera gave $2,600, Bryan Cranston gave $2,500, Rob Reiner gave $1,250, Renee Zellweger and Kathleen Kennedy gave $1,000, and Nancy Sinatra gave $250.

Stay tuned as more FEC filings become public.

Original post: Sept. 12, 2013

Even though the 2014 elections are more than a year away, Hollywood liberals have already begun fundraising and supporting Democratic candidates. Rising Democratic star and Kentucky Senate candidate, Alison Lundergan Grimes, is the most recent favorite of Hollywood mega-donors.

The Hill reports Dreamworks’ Jeffrey Katzenberg sent an email to prominent Democratic donors stating that there was “no more important election being held next year in this country” and urged donors to support the Kentucky Secretary of State when she travels to California this month.

Katzenberg isn’t the only Hollywood-type to lend his support. Pop star will.i.am. is set to appear at a Grimes fundraiser in coming weeks.

Grimes is running against Republican Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell, who is running for a sixth term.

Grimes is the second Democratic candidate to gain Hollywood support for the next election cycle. Newark Mayor Cory Booker (the Democratic candidate in New Jersey’s special election on October 16) has received a large amount of support from the Hollywood community – including fundraisers held by Oprah Winfrey, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon and Steven Spielberg.

Democratic supporters hope Hollywood’s interest can bring attention and money to the uphill battle of defeating one of the longest-serving Senators currently in the Senate chamber.

Ben Affleck and Matt Damon To Co-Host Fundraiser for Cory Booker

Actors Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are co-hosting a fundraiser for New Jersey Senate hopeful Cory Booker, reports The Hollywood Reporter.

The fundraiser will take place Sept. 23 at host Ron Burkle’s house. Ticket prices range from $1,000 – $10,000 a piece.

Joining the fundraising duo, who previously co-hosted a fundraiser for Sen. Elizabeth Warren, will be Hollywood Democratic heavyweights J.J. Abrams and his wife Katie McGrath, Jennifer Garner, Michael Eisner, Troy Carter, WME co-CEO Patrick Whitesell, talent agency head Bob Gersh, Disney exec Sean Bailey, Netflix’s Ted Sarandos and former US Ambassador Nicole Avant, according to THR. Also joining the co-hosts is producer Jerry Weintraub who previously hosted a fundraiser at his house in late April.

This is the latest fundraiser and wave of Hollywood support for Booker, who recently won the Democratic primary in a landslide victory.

Ivanka Trump hosted a fundraiser in July and Oprah Winfrey hosted a fundraiser in early August. Since declaring his candidacy, the Newark Mayor has gained the public support of actresses Kate Mara and Eva Longoria.

Booker will face Republican Steve Lonegan in the special election on October 16, 2013. The seat was previously held by Democrat Sen. Frank Lautenberg who died in June at the age of 89.

Matt Damon ‘Hopeful’ For Obama’s Second Term

Actor Matt Damon has an optimistic view on President Obama’s second term, reports The Wrap.

“I’m a perennial optimist,” Damon said. “So I’m very hopeful that this second term is going be a great one and that we’re going to see who he is and he’s going to make a lot of people’s lives a lot better. That’s my true hope.”

Although the actor was a critic throughout Obama’s first term, he is satisfied with the election results.

“I voted for him,” Damon said. “Absolutely, I voted for him.”

Previously, Damon criticized the president for not accomplishing enough in his first term.

“You know, a one-term president with some balls who actually got stuff done would have been, in the long run of the country, much better,” Damon said in December 2011.

Ben Affleck and Obama: It’s Complicated

Like friend and fellow actor Matt Damon, Ben Affleck has mixed feelings about the president, according to The Associated Press.

“I voted for Obama last time although he got to be all things to all people then,” Affleck said in an interview to promote his new film “Argo.” “And now he’s got a record which makes it really different … I obviously have more complicated feelings.”

Affleck said Romney falls under a specific category of failed presidential hopefuls.

“I think Republicans really had a chance to win,” Affleck said. “And they kind of ended up with like a sort of Mike Dukakis, Al Gore, Bob Dole type – who just couldn’t get people to see him as a real person somehow. Romney just had such trouble coming off as just like the kind of person you see at the grocery store. And I truly believe that has cost him the election.”

Political Trailer: “Promised Land”

A new fictional film about natural gas drilling is coming to theaters Dec. 28 and it has politics written all over it. “Promised Land” directed by Gus Van Sant,  stars actors Matt Damon, Frances McDormand, John Krasinski, Rosemarie DeWitt and Hal Holbrook.

Check out the trailer above and let us know what you think!

Matt Damon: Obama Clear Choice, But Still Disappointing

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Actor Matt Damon has had critical opinions of the President in recent months, but said Obama is the lesser evil on the November ballot, reports the AP.

“I’d be shocked if (Mitt) Romney won,” Damon said. “You know, I think Obama is the clear choice. But I’ve said before I’m really disappointed in him, and I am, particularly because of the banking stuff. He so misread that. That sense of unfair – the sense that we don’t have a country anymore when people don’t feel like they have a chance, like it’s going to be fair. … If people feel like the deck is stacked against them, then they stop playing by the rules. Because why play by the rules? The game is fixed, right?”

The once enthusiastic Obama supporter said he feels both parties are ignoring the average struggling American.

“I don’t think the Republicans or the Democrats really understand the level of anger at the sense of unfairness that the majority of people in the country feel,” Damon said.