WASHINGTON, D.C. -
When the Hollywood glitterati shifted their political support this week from Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., to Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., the event marked a sea change in an industry that has long supported the former first lady and Democratic front-runner for the presidency. And it begs the question, just how much does Clinton stand to lose if she doesn't have the full weight of Tinseltown behind her?
Quite a bit, actually. From 2001 to 2006, Clinton pulled in almost $1.3 million from the entertainment community, according to the Center for Responsive Politics (CRP), a Washington-based group that tracks campaign finance information. Within the last two years alone, she ranked first among members of Congress in raising money from the television, movie and music industries combined.
During the last election cycle, running from 2005 to 2006, Clinton raked in roughly $945,000 from the entertainment world--more than twice as much as the second-place finisher, Rep. Harold Ford, D-Tenn., who lost his bid for a Senate seat. Obama was not even among the top 20 senators raising Hollywood money. (CRP's numbers are based on contributions from political action committees and individuals contributing $200 or more. The figures are current as of Jan. 22, 2007, when the Federal Election Commission released the information.)
The Dreamworks fundraiser for Obama on Tuesday raised a reported $1.3 million from the likes of David Geffen, Steven Spielberg, Eddie Murphy and George Clooney but does not necessarily indicate a snubbing of Clinton by Hollywood-- More....
Hearing another liberal, David Geffen, call another liberal, the Clinton's, liars and dishonest made me feel like I died and went to heaven.
Watching the dems and their in the pocket pals, MSM and Hollywood, trip over each other during the primary is going to be great. The battle for Hollywood will be very interesting!