While this may come as no surprise, dyed in the wool Hollywood liberals are throwing their financial backing behind President Barack Obama's reelection campaign en-force. Among the names are Steven Spielberg, George Clooney and Tom Hanks.
According to data gathered on OpenSecrets.org, Clooney made a $2,500 contribution for the primary and another $2,500 donation for the presidential race while infamous filmmaker Spielberg gave $30,800 to the DNC on Apr. 26; $8,000 to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee on July 31; and two $2,500 donations to Barack Obama on Apr. 26.
Spielberg also gave the maximum $2,500 to Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) on Aug. 25; two $2,500 donations to Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) on June 21; another $2,500 to Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) on Mar. 31; and another $2,500 to Rep. Howard Berman (D-Calif.) on Sept. 19.
Some of Spielberg’s fellow filmmakers joined him in directing their contributions toward Democratic causes. Director Ron Howard gave $1,000 to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, while Rob Reiner and Cameron Crowe donated $5,000 and $500, respectively, to the same committee. Crowe also contributed the yearly maximum of $2,500 to President Obama (for both primary and general election, total: $5,000).
Singer-songwriter Neil Young gave the maximum: $30,800 to the DNC on Apr. 22, and two $2,500 donations to Obama on Apr. 12.
Neil’s wife, Pegi Young, also gave the maximum: $30,800 to the DNC and two $2,500 donations to Obama on Apr. 14, 2011.
While many of these Hollywood celebrities are indeed the "usual suspects" among Obama supporters, one Tinseltown campaign contribution Obama probably won't receive this time around is from actor Matt Damon, who The Blaze reported as saying:
“I've talked to a lot of people who worked for Obama at the grassroots level. One of them said to me, ‘Never again. I will never be fooled again by a politician'...You know, a one-term president with some balls who actually got stuff done would have been, in the long run of the country, much better.”