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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

Stars Stumping For Obama

Natalie Portman at an Obama campaign event in Las Vegas in late August. – The Guardian Express Newspaper

A few months ago, President Obama was worried his Hollywood supporters were bailing on him. However, he has recently seemed to boost Hollywood’s enthusiasm for his campaign and has tapped some of Hollywood’s most powerful young stars to hit the campaign trail for him.

Most recently, Parks and Recreation actors Adam Scott and Rashida Jones hit the campaign trail for the president at the University of Iowa, according to The Daily Iowan.

The actors touted President Obama’s push for lower interest rates on student loans and healthcare reform.

Other celebrities who have been around the country in recent months include: Olivia Wilde, Kal Penn, Justin Long, America Ferrera, Josh Hartnett, Don Cheadle, Zach Braff, Blythe Danner, Octavia Spencer and Zachary Quinto.

Another celebrity recently campaigning for the president: Oscar-winner Natalie Portman. The actress was in Las Vegas a couple of weeks ago campaigning on Obama’s record for women’s rights.

Many of these celebrities have been attending rallies at universities to enthuse the youth vote, a demographic that was extremely important in getting Obama elected in 2008.

Actor Josh Hartnett speaking with Minneapolis Mayor RT Rybak at the University of Minnesota. Photo Credit: The Minnesota Daily

Josh Hartnett attended a rally with Minneapolis Mayor RT Rybak at the University of Minnesota last spring. Penn was at the University of Michigan earlier this year campaigning on Obama’s record.

With the election less than 60 days away, one can expect even more celebrities to hit the campaign trail for Obama, as well at Mitt Romney – who to date has had very few Hollywood campaigners.

Slew of Celebs Campaign for Obama

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Actress Octavia Spencer wasn’t the only one campaigning for the President over the weekend.

Many celebrities lent their hand to the president and campaigned throughout the country. Some of the stars on the trail include actors Zach Braff, Justin Long, Don Cheadle, Zachary Quinto, Blythe Danner and Donald Faison, according to US Weekly.

The Obama campaign held grassroots events across the country to register voters, recruit volunteers and build support for the president.

While Spencer and Cheadle were in North Carolina, Danner (Gwyneth Paltrow‘s mother) was in Philadelphia. Long allegedly officiated a dodgeball game in New Hampshire, while Braff and Faison were in Vegas.

 

Octavia Spencer: Obama Supporter

Oscar-winning actress Octavia Spencer recently campaigned for President Obama, reports The Root:

Spencer, wearing a 2012 T-shirt under a dark blazer and a pin with the president’s image on it, chatted, joked and took pictures with the 30 or so patrons and visitors at Heads Up Barber Shop in Charlotte. When someone said, “I loved you in that movie. Where’s the pie?” referring to the infamous confection that caused so much drama in The Help, Spencer answered, “You don’t want me to cook.” But her election message was serious.

The Montgomery, Ala., native compared the neighborhood scene to the places African Americans gathered when they first won the right to vote. “We cannot forget to show up in November — otherwise, it’s going to be back to where it was in 1980, and [economic policies were based on the] trickle-down effect,” she said as the men, women and children in the shop listened. “That’s what Mitt Romney proposes, that the rich continue to flourish and we wait for it to trickle down to us. Now, I don’t know about you, but I haven’t felt that trickle yet.”

The Tea Party movement came in for some jabs, too. “I am a Southerner, and I loved tea at one point,” Spencer said. “Now it has a very different flavor.”