Hollywood Helps Hillary Clinton Raise Mega Money for Campaign
Beyonce, Leonardo DiCaprio, Ben Affleck, Reese Witherspoon, Dakota Fanning and Bryan Cranston are among a diverse group of celebrities supporting Clinton.
With the help of a posse of stars and moguls, Hillary Clinton brought in more than $47.5 million in contributions during the second quarter, raising money at an average of $500,000 per day, according to the presidential candidate's Federal Election Commission filings.
Since announcing her candidacy in April, Clinton didn't waste any time tapping the Hollywood ATM. In two visits to Los Angeles in May and June, the former first lady raised an estimated $4 million at fundraisers hosted by members of the entertainment industry, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter.
Although some people in the industry have treated Clinton much the same as they did Barack Obama during his 2012 re-election campaign — supportive but not overly enthusiastic — Hollywood politicos still made a strong showing for the Democratic frontrunner.
Industry loyalists rallying financial support for Clinton included Haim and Cheryl Saban, Casey and Laura Wasserman, Barbra Streisand, Magic Johnson, CAA's Michael Kives and Darnell Strom, producer Marcy Carsey, Tobey Maguire and wife Jennifer Meyer Maguire and HBO's Michael Lombardo and his husband, Sonny Ward.
The list includes a range of moguls and execs: Jeffrey Katzenberg, Steven Spielberg, David Geffen, Ari Emanuel, Norman Lear, Harvey Weinstein, Paradigm CEO Sam Gores, Fox Television Group CEO and Chairman Dana Walden, Warner Bros.' Diane Whelan Nelson, 20th Century Fox's post production president Ted Gagliano, Disney's Adam Sanderson, The Jackal Group co-owner Gail Berman and former Motown chairman Clarence Avant.
Clinton received donations from a diverse group of celebrities. Among them: Beyonce, Leonardo DiCaprio, Ben Affleck, Reese Witherspoon, Dakota Fanning, Bryan Cranston, Jesse Eisenberg, Elizabeth Banks, Chloe Grace Moretz, Kate Hudson, Stevie Wonder, Eva Longoria, Glee alum Chris Colfer, Sarah Silverman, Ted Danson, Mary Steenburgen, Richard Gere, Quincy Jones, Meredith Baxter, Nancy Stephens and Gordon Sumner (aka Sting).
Also supporting Clinton's are a number of filmmakers, writers and producers, including Rob Reiner, Homeland's Howard Gordon, The Hunting Ground producer Amy Ziering, The Lord of the Rings producer Paul Prokop, American Beauty producer Bruce Cohen, and We Bought a Zoo producer Julie Yorn.
Clinton is due back on the Westside on Aug. 6 for a fundraiser hosted by music talent manager Scooter Braun, who reps Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Cody Simpson and Carly Rae Jepsen, among other young singers.
Although the former first lady's record-breaking quarter was the talk of Washington on Wednesday, that didn't stop Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders from stealing a bit of the spotlight on the FEC's July 15 quarterly filing day.
Trump — who likes to joke that he owns a Gucci store worth more than Mitt Romney — claimed to the FEC that he has a personal fortune of $10 billion and annual income of more than $300 million. He also divulged another shocker: He earned $214 million in income from his show The Apprentice.
As far as his campaign goes, Trump reported taking in $1.9 million, but $1.8 million of that is a loan from the candidate himself and is carried on his campaign books as a debt. (He is also burning through money at a quick pace and currently has just $487,736 cash on hand.)
Meanwhile, Democratic Socialist Sanders — who received a warm reception in Hollywood in June — reported that his campaign was awash with cash. Sanders raised $15.3 million in mostly small donations during the quarter — outpacing all of the Republicans. GOP contender Jeb Bush, who led the Republican field in contributions, reported raising just $11.4 million in second quarter, finishing with just $8.4 million cash on hand. Sanders, by contrast, has $12.2 million still unspent. (It's worth noting, however, that a Bush aligned Super PAC has raised $103 million so far this year.)
Among the Democrats' "also-in-the-race" candidates, former Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley, who has made a number of discrete Hollywood stops, reported raising $2 million. His supporters include Sony Pictures executive Eric Paquette, actor Danny DeVito and Tennis Channel CEO Ken Solomon (who also raised money for Hillary Clinton).
Ted Cruz reported raising $10 million during the quarter and Ben Carson brought in $8.4 million. Former Texas Governor Rick Perry reported raising $1.1 million in pursuit of the Republican nomination, and Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has collected $579,000.