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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 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,¬†Zo√ę Kravitz, Justin Long, Ezra Miller, Graham Nash, Patton Oswalt, Jeremy Piven, John C. Reilly, Bonnie Raitt, Sarah Silverman, Steve Wozniak and Hans Zimmer.

“We ‚ÄĒ the undersigned artists, musicians, and cultural leaders of America ‚ÄĒ are excited to endorse a new vision for our country.¬†It‚Äôs 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 Р$2,700
Jon Bon Jovi – $2,700
Ari Emanuel Р$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 Р$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

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 Sarandon, Paul 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.”

Celebs Sign On For Inaugural Events

As President Barack Obama’s¬†inaugural weekend quickly approaches, more entertainers are signing up to join the celebrations and events around Washington D.C.

Beyonce, Kelly Clarkson and James Taylor are set to perform during the Inauguration ceremony on the West Front of the Capitol on January 21.

The AP reports that Katy Perry, Smokey Robinson, Usher, Alicia Keys, Brad Paisley¬†and¬†Fun¬†are set to sing at Obama’s inaugural galas Jan. 21 and a children’s concert on Jan. 19. Performers including¬†Marc Anthony, Stevie Wonder, John Legend and the cast of “Glee” have also signed on to perform at various galas that weekend.

City officials estimate a drop in attendance and predict an the crowd at the inaugural ceremony to be somewhere between 600,000 and 800,000 – down from 1.8 million in 2009.

During Obama’s first inauguration in 2009, celebrities flocked to the celebrations.¬†Speakers and performers included¬†Jack Black, Steve Carell, Rosario Dawson, Jamie Foxx, Tom Hanks, Ashley Judd, Martin Luther King III, Queen Latifah, Laura Linney, George Lopez, Kal Penn, Marisa Tomei, Denzel Washington, Forest Whitaker, Tiger Woods, Master Sgt. Caleb Green, Bruce Springsteen, Mary J. Blige, Jon Bon Jovi with Bettye Lavette, James Taylor, John Legend, Jennifer Nettle, John Mellencamp, Josh Groban and Heather Headley, Will.i.am with Herbie Hancock and Sheryl Crow, Renee Fleming, Garth Brooks, Shakira, Adam Levine, Stevie Wonder with Usher and Shakira, U2, Pete Seeger, Beyonce and Aretha Franklin.

Beyonce and Jay-Z at the 2009 Inauguration Photo: Reuters

Other celebrities simply attended the ceremony and/or performed at the dozens of galas held around Washington D.C., including Faith Hill,¬†Oprah Winfrey, Jay-Z, Steven Spielberg, Kate Capshaw, Dustin Hoffman, Magic Johnson, Mohammad Ali, Samuel L. Jackson, Arnold Schwarznegger,Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, Sharon Stone, Sting, Elvis Costello, Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins, Spike Lee, Anne Hathaway, Halle Berry, John Cusack, Leonardo DiCaprio, Demi Moore, Jackson Browne, Cyndi Lauper, Melissa Etheridge, Mariah Carey¬†and Robert DeNiro.

Steven Spielberg and wife Kate Capshaw at the 2009 Inauguration. Photo: Getty Images

Beyonce famously belted out Etta James’s ‘At Last’ at the Neighborhood Ball. Watch the performances below.

Obama Has 16-1 Hollywood Fundraising Advantage

As of Oct. 28, President Obama has managed to out-raise Mitt Romney in Hollywood donations at a rate of 16-1, reports TheWrap.com.

A total of 208 “celebrity” donors have given $712,874 to the Obama campaign compared to 15 donors who have given $46,500 to the Romney campaign, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, an organization that tracks donations.

The list of actors, directors and producers that donated least $5,000 include: Cameron Crowe, Will Ferrell, Ron Howard, Scarlett Johansson, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Eddie Murphy, George Clooney, J.J. Abrams, Ellen DeGeneres, Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert Downey Jr., Jamie Foxx, Brian Grazer, Adrian Grenier, Tom Hanks, Mariska Hargitay, Will Smith, Aaron Sorkin, Steven Spielberg, Barbra Streisand, Quentin Tarantino, Marlo Thomas, Sam Waterston, Ben Stiller, Oprah Winfrey, Kirk Douglas, Hilary Duff, Jamie Lee Curtis, Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Garner, Jack Black, Anne Hathaway, Bette Midler, Tobey Maguire and Rita Wilson.

Other celebrities who donated less than $5,000 include Susan Sarandon, Zach Braff, David Arquette, Martin Scorsese, Don Cheadle and Chevy Chase.

The website also reports that many in the music industry have given $5,000, including Don Henley, Gwen Stefani and Randy Newman Рas well as many more who have contributed lesser amounts.

The list also includes authors, athletes and individuals in the fashion industry. This list consists of author Steven King, NBA players Vince Carter, Carmelo Anthony and former NBA player Magic Johnson, designer Michael Kors and model Christie Brinkley.

Obama also has a long list of ‘bundlers’ who collect funds from friends, family and associates and then contribute the funds in one large gift.

Some of those that top the list from the industry include Dreamworks’¬†Jeffrey Katzenberg¬†and David Geffen, Harvey Weinstein, Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour and Ron and Kelly Meyer as well as actors¬†Wendell Pierce, Tyler Perry and Eva Longoria.

Many of these individuals collected $500,000 according to the Center for Responsible Politics.

The Romney campaign’s list isn’t as prominent, but still has a few big Hollywood names including ¬†Scott Baio, Jerry Bruckheimer, Neil Simon, Orson Bean,¬†John O‚ÄôHurley,¬†Jack Hanna¬†as well as Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning and Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez.

 

 

Susan Sarandon: Romney Comments “So Entertaining”

Actress Susan Sarandon, known for her liberal views, recently commented on the leaked Mitt Romney footage from a fundraiser earlier this year, reports POLITICO.

She joined Current TV host Joy Behar in a discussion over the comments. When Behar¬†asked¬†the actress her thoughts on Romney’s statements, Sarandon said she was enjoying the GOP candidate’s remarks.

“I’m so entertained,” Sarandon said. “I’m very happy that he’s so entertaining. I don’t know if it’s going to cost him. I think a lot of people agree with him in seeing things that way. I guess it’ll mostly effect the swing voters. And I think it’s an interesting few days on the campaign trail to see how he deals with that. But I don’t think that was really new information.”

“Well no, but it just made him look like Scrooge,” Behar said. “It made him look more Scrooge-like.”

“But I think that’s what he is,” Sarandon said. “But I don’t think ‚ÄĒ listening to, you know, where he wants to spend his money, that he was very interested in education or the elderly and I mean a lot of the people he’s talking about pay taxes so I don’t know what he’s thinking.”