Leftist Hollywood superstars are giving big money to help Democrats keep the Senate

It’s not exactly breaking news that Tinseltown is full of people who are friendly to Democrats. Hollywood elites were big boosters of Barack Obama in both of his presidential campaigns. In 2012 alone, celebrities shelled out nearly $700,000 (and probably more) to Obama.

Hollywood is once again playing a role in an election, this time around writing checks for Democrats as they struggle to keep control of the Senate this fall. One of the main recipients of celebrities’ largess is Alison Lundergan Grimes (D-KY), who is taking on Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY):

[Grimes’] donor list reads like a who’s who of Tinseltown: producer J.J. Abrams, Ben Affleck, comedian Jack Black, “Avatar” director James Cameron, Nicolas Cage, Danny DeVito, Cameron Diaz, [Leonardo] DiCaprio, Jennifer Garner, director Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks, Jerry Seinfeld, Mike Myers and “Mad Men’s” Jon Hamm, all giving $5,200 each, the maximum amount an individual can give to a single candidate in a two-year election cycle.

Other Grimes donors include DreamWorks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg, Woody Allen, Ted Danson, America Ferrera, Leonard Nimoy, [Barbra] Streisand, “West Wing” writer Aaron Sorkin, Ben Stiller and Chris Rock.

While several other Democrats have received campaign contributions from Hollywood, Grimes’ campaign has brought in the most, with contributions totalling $100,000, according to The Hill.

Not too long ago, a friend suggested that if it looked like Democrats would lose control of the upper chamber, that they would send resources into Kentucky to knock off McConnell. Donations from the Hollywood elite isn’t evidence of that, though things certainly do look ominous for Senate Democrats in the mid-term election, but it’s a sign of things to come.

And it’s becoming increasingly likely, though not certain, that Grimes campaign is flailing. While she was once neck-and-neck in a match-up against McConnell, Grimes now trails by 5 points.

McConnell still has a long way to go. But with Grimes increasingly looking like a weak candidate, one who can’t get past President Obama and his policies nor give solid answers about where she stands on the issues, that investment that Hollywood has made in her campaign may very well fail. And not only that, the Tinseltown elite may see McConnell become the next Senate Majority Leader.


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