For celebrities, $5,000 may seem like chump change. But for political candidates, each dollar may mean the difference between a 30 second television ad at 4 am and a 60 second ad at 6 pm. In other words, fundraising can determine whether or not a candidate even has a shot at winning an election.
Luckily for many democratic candidates in the 2014 midterm elections, a lot of Hollywood’s blood runs blue, equating to more green in the left-leaning candidates’ campaign coffers.
The Federal Election Commission limits campaign contributions for each candidate to $2,600 per individual or $5,200 per couple per election cycle. That didn’t stop Hollywood celebrities from maxing out their contributions and getting creative by donating to democratic PACs and campaign committees. Here are 25 stars who donated money to democrats in the 2014 midterm elections.
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Oprah publicly supported Lavern Chatman’s congressional campaign at a fundraiser in Virginia earlier in the year. The fundraiser’s theme was “empowering women and girls through leadership.” The Queen of Television showed up with longtime partner Stedman Graham.
Brad Pitt donated $5,000 to the campaign of Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA).
Laurene Powell Jobs
Laurene Powell Jobs (Apple co-founder Steve Jobs’ widow) gave $500,00 to Senate Majority PAC, which seeks to defend the Democrats’ 55-45 Senate majority.
Samuel l. Jackson and Denzel Washington
Samuel l. Jackson and Denzel Washington contributed to the campaign of Michelle Nunn, daughter of Sam Nunn who was a longtime Democrat senator from Georgia.
The producer not only donated to several individual campaigns, including: Franken, Booker, Grimes, Udall, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, Begich and Greuel; but he also contributed $20,000 to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and $10,000 to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.