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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Despite being a huge fundraising force for Barack Obama’s past presidential campaigns, the Vogue editor-in-chief was more reserved in her political activity this election cycle, giving $2,500 to Rep. Tim Bishop (D-N.Y.) and $5,000 to the Democratic National Committee.
The Arkansas-born actress gave $2,500 to Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.). Steenburgen was born in Arkansas, where she grew up with Bill Clinton.
Director Steven Spielberg has donated $250,000 to the Senate Majority PAC, which is run by Harry Reid’s political advisers and also donated $5,200 to Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ); $2,600 to Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC); $2,600 to Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR); $5,200 to Alison Grimes (D-KY); $2,600 to Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA); $5,200 to Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA); $2,600 to Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO); $2,600 to Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL); $10,400 to Rep. Gary Peters (D-MI) and $2,600 to Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE). He also maxed out his contribution to a national party committee this calendar year with a $32,400 donation to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.
Matt Damon and Ben Affleck
Matt Damon and Ben Affleck hosted a fundraiser for Sen. Cory Booker, the New Jersey Democrat, who has been a high profile player in the Democratic party since the October 2013 special election.
Either the West Coast has a strong dislike for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell or Alison Grimes has some great policy initiatives, because DreamWorks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg, Woody Allen, Danny DeVito, Ted Danson and America Ferrera were just a few of a long list of Hollywood celebrities who donated heavily to Kentucky Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes’s campaign.