With the Democrats’ Senate majority coming to a natural ending this November, many Hollywood stars are doling out cash to try and reverse the obvious.
According to the Federal Election Commission records cited by The Hill, the list of donors includes Barbra Streisand, Ben Affleck, Jack Black, Nicolas Cage, Danny DeVito, Tom Hanks, James Cameron, Leonardo DiCaprio, Steven Spielberg, Jerry Seinfeld, Jennifer Garner, Cameron Diaz, and Jon Hamm.
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Streisand gave $10, 000 to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, $2, 600 to Minority House Leader Nancy Pelosi and $1, 000 each to several Democratic Senate campaigns, The Hill reports.
Democratic Sens. Mark Udall of Colorado, Jeff Merkley of Oregon, Mark Begich of Alaska and Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire are facing serious challenges for their seats, and all of them are raking in Hollywood money.
The Hollywood money is also going to Democratic candidates going after sitting Republicans, Alison Lundergan Grimes, who is running against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in Kentucky.
Grimes’ donors include DreamWorks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg, Woody Allen, Ted Danson, America Ferrera, Leonard Nimoy, Streisand, “West Wing” writer Aaron Sorkin, Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, producer J.J. Abrams, Ben Affleck, comedian Jack Black, “Avatar” director James Cameron, Nicolas Cage, Danny DeVito, Cameron Diaz, DiCaprio, Jennifer Garner, director Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks, Jerry Seinfeld, Mike Myers, Jon Hamm, all giving $5, 200 each, the maximum amount an individual can give to a single candidate in a two-year election cycle, according to The Hill.
Sen. Al Franken, the Democrat from Minnesota, is receiving generous donations from Steve Martin and Jane Curtin to his re-election campaign.