Actor Morgan Freeman narrates a new ad in support for Same-Sex Marriage for the Human Rights Campaign.
Director Steven Spielberg and DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg each contributed $1 million to the pro-Obama super PAC, Priorities USA.
Katzenberg has donated $3 million to the Priorities USA so far this election cycle, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The report also reveals The Simpsons creator Matt Groening donated $50,000.
In September alone, Priorities USA raised $15.25 million. Other big Hollywood names on the donor list include actor Morgan Freeman and comedian Bill Maher, who each donated $1 million.
Actor Morgan Freeman has lent his voice to the Obama campaign for their most recent television ad.
“Every president inherits challenges, few have faced so many. Four years later our enemies have been brought to justice. Our heroes are coming home. Assembly lines are humming again—they’re still challenges to meet, children to educate, a middle class to rebuild but the last thing we should do is turn back now.”
Actor Morgan Freeman has made a huge donation to a pro-Obama super PAC, reports Deadline:
” The Dark Knight Rises star and Oscar winner has donated $1 million toward President Obama’s re-election campaign. Morgan Freeman’s donation wasn’t directly to the campaign’s Obama Victory Fund but to Priorities USA Action, a Super PAC formed by two former White House aides that targets contributions from wealthy donors. Freeman’s contribution matchs the $1 million that Bill Maher gave Priorities in February.
Freeman made his contribution in June as Priorities’ Federal Election Commission filing will show tomorrow. He joins a list of Hollywood elite giving money to Priorities, joining Maher, J.J. Abrams, Steven Spielberg and Chelsea Handler among donors. Jeffery Katzenberg, one of the biggest contributors to the president’s re-election campaign, has given Priorities $2 million. “President Obama has done a remarkable job in historically difficult circumstances”, Freeman said in a statement released via Priorities USA Action. “I am proud to lend my voice — and support — to those who defend him. Priorities USA Action is doing a great job of protecting the values I believe in. I am happy to help them and I hope others will join me”. In 2008, the actor donated $2,300 to Obama.
While the campaign has raised millions from Hollywood types with fundraisers at the homes of George Clooney, Sarah Jessica Parker and Glee creator Ryan Murphy, the Democrats have fallen behind GOP rival Mitt Romney in terms of Super PAC donations. Freeman, who played President Tom Beck in 1998’s Deep Impact, returns to the big screen at midnight tonight as Lucius Fox in the last installment in Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy. “
Obama supporter and actor Morgan Freeman told NPR that Obama is not America’s first black leader.
“First thing that always pops into my head regarding our president is that all of the people who are setting up this barrier for him … they just conveniently forget that Barack had a mama, and she was white — very white American, Kansas, middle of America,” Freeman said. “There was no argument about who he is or what he is. America’s first black president hasn’t arisen yet. He’s not America’s first black president — he’s America’s first mixed-race president.”
Freeman said Republicans want the president to fail.
“He is being purposely, purposely thwarted by the Republican Party, who started out at the beginning of his tenure by saying, ‘We are going to do whatever is necessary to make sure that he’s only going to serve one term,’ ” he said. “That means they will not cooperate with him on anything. So to say he’s ineffective is a misappropriation of the facts.”
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Actor Morgan Freeman said President Obama has done his job and done it well, on Travis Smiley on Tuesday.
“I think that we did a really good thing when we elected Barack Obama,” Freeman said. “He is absolutely and totally qualified for the job. He has proven himself to be not only qualified for the job, but very good at it. The things that he’s managed to get accomplished in the face of so much pushback is amazing.”
The Oscar-winning actor said Republicans don’t make him comfortable.
“And I think — this is Morgan Freeman’s personal thought — we’re going to be in a lot of trouble if we don’t re-elect him because people on the other side of the fence scare me.”
In 2011, Freeman stated Obama had made the country more racist.
“Their stated policy, publicly stated, is to do whatever it takes to see to it that Obama only serves one term,” he told Piers Morgan. “What’s, what does that, what underlies that? ‘Screw the country. We’re going to whatever we do to get this black man, we can, we’re going to do whatever we can to get this black man outta here.'”