Steven Spielberg and Jeffrey Katzenberg Give $1 Million Each to Boost Obama Super PAC
Director Steven Spielberg and DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg doubled down on their commitment to President Barack Obama's reelection last month, contributing $1 million each to super PAC Priorities USA.
All together the PAC collected $15.25 million during the month of September. Katzenberg's contribution brought his total donation to Priorities USA to $3 million, according to a report the group filed with the Federal Election Commission on Saturday.
Also giving $1 million to the super PAC last month was David L. Boies Jr., who fought with fellow attorney Ted Olsen to overturn Proposition 8 in California. (George Clooney recently played the part of Boies in a Los Angeles reading of the play 8.) According to Priorities' FEC filing Saturday night, Wal-Mart Chairman Samuel R. Walton gave $300,000 while The Simpsons creator Matt Groening donated $50,000. Chicago media mogul Fred Horwich Eychaner donated $2 million, bringing his total give to $3 million.
Priorities, which got off to a slow start last year, has gradually been winning over Democratic donors in recent months. In addition to Katzenberg and Spielberg, other big entertainment industry givers include Morgan Freeman (who recently narrated an ad for Obama) and talk-show host Bill Maher. Both Freeman and Maher have donated $1 million.
The super PAC's October contribution report is due out on November 20.