Gee, I Wonder Which Party The Multi-Billionaires Are Donating To?
Apparently, according to a posting on the theocon Media Research Center site, a "CNN Political Ticker" blog entry in July listed which actors/celebrities made major donations to presidential candidates, and wouldn't'cha know it? The celebs mostly donated to Democratic candidates!
And what major donations they were! For instance, people like Spiderman star Tobey Maguire, singer/actress Ruby Dee, "Taxi" star Danny DeVito, Pauly Shore and Marla Maples (are those two still "celebrities"?) donated a total of $43,300 to Hillary Clinton - theocon billionaire Richard Mellon Scaife probably gives out more than that in tips over the course of a year.
Barack Obama got a whopping $41,500 from, among others, Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith, Jamie Foxx, Jodie Foster and Martha Hackett, identified on MRC's list (and possibly on CNN's as well) as "Star Trek actress" - now there's
a major celeb for ya! (Perhaps Hollywood is just one big happy family, tall and small alike, for MRC.)
John Edwards got a piddling $9,454 from Oliver Stone, Mary Steenburgen, Ben Stiller, Peter Coyote and Sharon Lawrence; Mike Gravel got $700 total, all from Mark Ruffalo; Bill Richardson got $26,800 from the Spielbergs, Sherry Lansing, William "The Exorcist" Friedkin, James L. "Taxi" "Mary Tyler Moore Show" "The Simpsons" "Jerry Maguire" Brooks, Bette Midler and Christie Brinkley, among others; Chris Dodd got $1,300 from two donors, John Lithgow and Christy Romano (the voice of "Kim Possible") - and Dennis Kucinich scored $4,200 total from former "Babewatch" babe Alexandra Paul, Hector Elizondo, Diedre "Days of Our Lives" Hall and Shelly Morrison, who played Rosario the maid on "Will & Grace."
So that's a whole $127,254 from Hollywood so far - Dennis Kozlowski, former CEO of Tyco International, spent 20 times that much throwing a 40th birthday party for his wife on the island of Sardinia. (Hey, ice sculptures of Michelangelo's David pissing Stolichnaya vodka don't come cheap!) (Dennis is currently cooling his heels in the federal slam on 22 counts of grand larceny.)
Oh, yeah - and Rudy Giuliani got $5,600 from "Paulie Walnuts" and Melissa "Little House on the Prairie" Gilbert.