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Calif. Senate candidate Kamala Harris raking in Hollywood cash

California attorney general and United States senate candidate Kamala Harris has won the financial support of many big Hollywood names, The Hill reports.

Singer John Legend ($2,000), Family Guy writer Seth MacFarlane ($5,000), actor Sean Penn ($5,000), Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg ($5,200), director Rob Reiner ($2,700) and producer Laurie David ($5,400).

Other names to pop up on campaign finance reports include producers Norman Lear and Chuck Lorre, Steven Bochco, former ESPN personality and now-NFL Network host Rich Eisen, talent agent Ari Emanuel, model Julianne Phillips, producer Brian Grazer, Viacom President Doug Herzog, Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn and NBCUniversal Vice Chairman Ron Meyer.

Harris is running to replace retiring Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.).

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A-List Donors Contribute to Bobby Shriver’s LA County Supervisor Bid

Bobby Shriver, former Santa Monica City Councilman and nephew of President John F. Kennedy’s, reported a huge fundraising haul with tons of A-List donors, in his bid for the Los Angeles County supervisor seat, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The Hollywood donors include Oprah Winfrey, Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, Jerry Bruckheimer, Jimmy Iovine, Warren Beatty, Jessica Alba, Chris O’Donnell, Rob Lowe, Larry David, Ted Danson, Joan Cusack, Harvey Keitel, Renee Zellweger, Michael Douglas, J.J. Abrams, Rob Reiner and Cameron CroweShriver also took donations from some of Hollywood’s biggest power players, including Steven SpielbergJeffrey Katzenberg, David Geffen, Bob Iger, Jim Gianopulos, Kevin Tsujihara, HBO’s Michael Lombardo, Disney’s Sean Bailey, 20th Century Fox’s Jennifer Carreras, Alan Horn, and Nicole Avant, according to THR. 

George Soros, Warren Buffett and Steve Bing also contributed.

Last week, Shriver stressed the need to reform the county’s campaign finance laws and criticized the $1.4 million voluntary spending cap. He argued that amount of money wasn’t enough to spread his message, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Shriver, a Democrat, will face Sheila Kuehl, Pamela Conley Ulich and John Duran in the June 3 primary.

 

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.

George Takei Makes NYC Mayor Endorsement

Star Trek actor George Takei endorsed New York City mayoral candidate Christine Quinn in the Democratic primary being held September 10.

Quinn has accumulated many celebrity endorsements including Takei’s, as well as Neil Patrick Harris, Lena Dunham, Tim Gunn, Brett Ratner, Tom Hanks, Rob Reiner, Zachary Quinto and Lance Bass, to name a few.

Celebrities Endorse in NYC Mayoral Race

Celebrities are throwing their support and opening their wallets for candidates in  race for New York City’s mayor.

Christine Quinn recently nabbed the endorsement of director Brett Ratner and had previous support from Tom Hanks and Rob Reiner. Last week she released a list of 1,700 LGBT supporters for Quinn, including Neil Patrick-Harris, Lance Bass, Meredith Baxter, Victor Garber, George Takei, Zachary Quinto, Tim Gunn and screen writer Dustin Lance Black. Other celebrity supporters include Whoopie Goldberg, Brooke Shields, Gloria Steinem, Candice Bergen and previous donors reportedly include Anna Wintour, Harvey Weinstein and Jon Bon Jovi.

Before deleting his Twitter account, Alec Baldwin tweeted he was raffling off invites to a dinner fundraiser with candidate Bill de Blasio. Also supporting de Blasio, include Steve Buscemi, Russell Simmons, Susan SarandonPaul Simon, Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon and Alan Cumming.

Republican candidate Joe Lhota has the support of actor Steve Schirripa, and Democratic candidate Scott Stringer has the support of Scarlett Johansson. However, former Rep. Anthony Weiner hasn’t been able to nab any endorsements yet.

With the election months out (Nov. 5), Weiner and the other candidates still have time to win the “Hollywood vote.”

Filmmaker Brett Ratner Fundraising for Christine Quinn

Director Brett Ratner Photo by: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for GLAAD

Filmmaker Brett Ratner, who infamously resigned from producing the Oscars in 2012 because of a homophobic slur, is fundraising for NYC mayoral candidate Christine Quinn – a lesbian, reports the New York Post.

Ratner – who’s directed such hits as “Rush Hour” and “Tower Heist” – has reportedly raised $28,400 for the Democratic candidate as a bundler. Quinn’s other Hollywood fundraisers include Tom Hanks and Rob Reiner.

Ratner allegedly said, “Rehearsal is for f–s.”

After the incident, Ratner received backlash from the gay community and publicly apologized for his comments. The director was honored by GLAAD in March 2013 for his support and work within the gay community.

Quinn, a City Councilor for Manhattan’s lower west side, is among a slew of contenders bidding for the mayoral title.

Hollywood Fundraising for Cory Booker

Newark Mayor Cory Booker Photo credit: Cory Booker’s Facebook

Although Newark Mayor Cory Booker hasn’t officially declared his Senate candidacy, Hollywood mega-donors are already fundraising for the rising Democratic star.

Industry bigwigs including Steven Spielberg, Kate Capshaw, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Bruce Willis, Bob Iger, Rob Reiner, J.J. Abrams, Troy Garity and Steve Bing are shelling out $5,000 to support the Senate hopeful, according to THR.

The event will be held at the Beverly Hills mansion of producer Jerry Weintraub on April 25. Both Winetraub and Willis are thought of as more conservative figures in the Hollywood community.

Last month, after serving three decades in the Senate, current New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenberg announced he would not seek reelection in 2014. Booker is thought to be the favored candidate on the Democratic side.