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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 – as 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’Hurley, Jack Hanna as well as Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning and Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez.

 

 

Celebrities Participate in Obama “For All” Campaign

Actors Jon Hamm and Jennifer Westfeldt in an Obama campaign photo.
Photo credit: Obama campaign

The Obama campaign has launched the “For All” campaign to garner youth support through social media. The recent tweets from The Students for Obama twitter page has featured celebrities (many who attended the DNC) and average citizens pledging to vote for the president. Many have their reasons written on their hands. Above is a picture of Mad Men actor Jon Hamm and actress Jennifer Westfeldt.

Actress Natalie Portman. Photo credit: Obama campaign

Actor Zach Braff. Photo credit: Obama campaign

Singer Jared Leto. Photo credit: Obama campaign

Actress Jessica Alba. Photo credit: Obama campaign

 

Actress Eva Longoria. Photo credit: Obama campaign

 

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.

 

President Obama’s Hollywood Love Affair

President Barack Obama visited Los Angeles Wednesday night and Thursday morning for fundraisers with some of Hollywood’s biggest stars.

On Wednesday night, Obama attended a fundraiser at Glee creator, Ryan Murphy and his fiancé David Miller’s Beverly Hills home.

The event was attended by 70 people, who allegedly paid $40,000 per ticket to see the president speak for 12 minutes, according to DEADLINE Hollywood. After his speech, which had an emphasis on LGBT rights, Obama took questions from the audience, which included: HBO’s president of programming Michael Lombardo, Julia Roberts, CAA’s Kevin Huvane and Bryan Lourd, Glee star Jane Lynch and Reese Witherspoon. Also in the crowd were CBS executive Les Moonves and wife Julie Chen, Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer, Disney Worldwide Marketing president Ricky Strauss, Participant Media’s Jonathon Bass, screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, singer Cher and transgender son Chaz Bono, Will & Grace creator Max Mutchnick, Hulu’s Jamie Kershaw, NCIS Pauley Perrette and Modern Family’s Jesse Tyler Ferguson.

Ellen DeGeneres and Glee’s Darren Criss performed before Obama’s  speech. Criss filled in for singer P!nk, who had to back out last minute due to health issues. Many of the supporters at the event were large LGBT rights supporters. Murphy announced he was hosting a fundraiser shortly after Obama came out in support for same-sex marriage. After the performances, Obama was introduced by a military doctor who came out after the repeal of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell,” in which Obama signed in 2010.

Early Thursday morning, the Obama campaign held an exclusive breakfast at the Beverly Hilton Hotel with some of Hollywood’s hottest young stars including: The Avengers Jeremy Renner, Glee actress Dianna Agron, Star Trek‘s  Zachary Quinto, Southland’s Ben McKenzieJessica AlbaBryan Greenberg, Adam Rodriguez, Zach Braff, Brandon Routh, Ian Somerhalder, Jared Leto, Kal Penn and Sophia Bush.

Sources said the event was intended to help build the youth support for team Obama and enlist some of Hollywood’s youngest, hottest stars to help out with that effort.

Above: Jeremy Renner with Obama

Above: Zach Braff with Obama

Above: Sophia Bush with Obama

In the last month, the Obama campaign has been teaming up with celebrities for fundraisers and public raffles. George Clooney‘s fundraiser in early may brought in over $15 million for the president. Obama attended a fundraiser with many broadway stars earlier this week that was hosted by former president Bill Clinton. Rocker Jon Bon Jovi played at one event and attended another.

An upcoming fundraiser hosted by actress Sarah Jessica Parker and Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour on June 14 is also expected to bring in a huge haul for the president.

The Romney campaign has yet to receive much Hollywood support and is set to have only one event with “celebrity” Donald Trump in the works.

Zach Braff Disses Donald Trump Birther Claims

Entrepenuer and reality star Donald Trump not only ignited some fireworks on CNN today with host Wolf Blitzer, but he also set off actor Zach Braff.

In an interview with Blitzer, the billionaire questioned President Obama’s birth certificate. The remarks provoked a heated debate about the president’s birth place and Blitzer told Trump he was being “a little ridiculous.”

“Here’s the question,” Blitzer said. “Did the conspiracy start in 1961 where the Honolulu Star-Bulletin and the Honolulu advertiser contemporaneously published announcements that he was born in Hawaii?”

“That’s right. And many people put those announcements in because they wanted to get the benefits of being so-called born in this country,” Trump said. “Many people did it. It was something that was done by many people even though they weren’t born in the country. You know and so do I. And so do a lot of your viewers, although you don’t have many viewers, Wolf.”

After hearing the remarks, Braff went off on a tweeting rampage against Trump:

Elizabeth Warren Brings in Big Cash at Hollywood Fundraiser

Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren raked in big cash and names at a fundraiser hosted by actor Ben Affleck.

Warren is running against Republican Sen. Scott Brown. The seat was previously held by Sen. Ted Kennedy before his death in 2009.

The event at J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot production studio in Santa Monica on Monday was dubbed “A Massachusetts Evening.” Actors Matt Damon and The Office’s John Krasinski were co-hosts of the event, however both Damon and Krasinski were filming on location and couldn’t attend the fundraiser. It drew about 150 Hollywood donors, along with more than 200 individual donations to the Warren senatorial effort, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Celebrities and industry professionals included Affleck’s wife Jennifer Garner, Reese Witherspoon, Zach Braff, Dana Delany, Tobey Maguire, Ed Zwick, Marshall Herskovitz, Alan Horn and Writers Guild president Chris Keyser. Other contributors included Steven Spielberg, Rob Reiner, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Sally Field, Michael King, Harvey Weinstein and Alan Ladd Jr.

The Warren campaign has yet to release the fundraising totals from the event. However, Warren’s fundraisers had set a goal of $250,000 for the evening. Donations were ranging between $1,000 and $1,500 per person.