Hollywood's Late Obama Push
Yes, the president brought the bayonet (and horses) to the third debate, but as Romney pulls even in polls, industry players are amping up the noise -- and money.
Jeffrey Katzenberg: Figures released Oct 20 show the DreamWorks Animation CEO has given $3 million to the pro-Obama super PAC Priorities USA in addition to raising millions for the president’s re-election campaign If Priorities shows a huge late fund-raising surge, credit Hollywood’s top Barack Obama supporter.
Bruce Springsteen: When Obama began losing ground in swing states, the rocker played concerts in Ohio, Iowa and Virginia “Right now, there is a fight going on to help make this a fairer and more equitable nation,” he wrote.
Katy Perry: After her Oct 7 performance at Obama’s 30 Days to Victory concert in Los Angeles helped raise millions, the singer agreed to an encore Oct 24 at a Las Vegas rally with the president Perry took to Twitter to explain that she was singing for Obama “because I believe in Equal Rights#ForAll #Vote”
Barbra Streisand: She’s on tour, but the singer e-mailed Democrats on Oct 18 asking for cash for the party’s congressional races “We’re just weeks from the most important election in a generation, and every single thing Democrats like you and I spent a lifetime fighting for is on the line,” wrote Streisand to donors “We can’t let it happen”
Cher: The singer-actress has been less active than usual, but as the race narrowed, on Oct 22 she launched into one of her Twitter rants: “on way 2 GymTonight is final debate & I’m praying Obama Kicks mittens ass 2 the curb! ”
Eva Longoria: The actress actively is campaigning and constantly tweeting support, though not without controversy She angered Mitt Romney supporters by retweeting a quote calling him “racist” and “misogynistic” (She later deleted it and apologized).
Steven Spielberg: In addition to giving $1 million to Priorities USA in September, the filmmaker — long known for counseling Democratic candidates on how to capture an audience — is said to be a driving force behind Priorities’ powerful “Stage” ad, featuring an interview with a laid-off former Bain Capital worker The clip is airing in swing states.
James Taylor: The singer has performed at Obama fund-raisers from Parkland, Fla, to Dallas On Oct 10, he headlined a thank-you concert for campaign volunteers in North Carolina “I just believe in my heart that this is what will make the difference in this election,” he told the crowd before launching into “Carolina in my mind.”
John Legend: He has headlined Obama concerts nationwide As polls showed Romney surging, Legend urged his 4 million Twitter followers Oct 22 to read Nate Silver’s 538 blog, which showed the president winning “All these election polls can have your head spin- ning my advice for stability and sanity: Just read the 538 blog,” he tweeted.
Daniel Craig: The British Skyfall actor might not be able to vote in the US, but that didn’t stop him from backing Obama “I like that man a lot,” said Craig in an Oct 19 interview “I respect him I trust him I’m not hiding the fact that I support him If I had to throw my support behind either candidate, it would be Obama” Hard to argue with James Bond.