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David Geffen isn’t backing anyone in the presidential race for now.
The music mogul revealed to The Wall Street Journal that he is not throwing his support behind either Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. Records reported by the paper show that he has given $2,700 to each candidate, the maximum donation an individual can give directly to a primary campaign.
In 2007, Geffen publicly accused the Clintons of being liars and threw his support behind Barack Obama. But this election year, he’s staying neutral. “I am not supporting anybody,” he said in an email to the Journal.
In Hollywood, the Clinton campaign still counts among her supporters Fox Television Group chairwoman Dana Walden; Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment’s Diane Nelson; 20th Century Fox co-chairman Stacey Snider; actress and director Elizabeth Banks; and Lena Dunham and Katy Perry.
But her reception among many Hollywood’s biggest female powerbrokers has been notably cool; Oprah Winfrey, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy and Universal Pictures chair Donna Langley had not yet been listed as donors to her campaign as of September filings.
Sanders’ supporters in Hollywood have tended to be far more vocal and enthusiastic about his candidacy. They are also more familiar faces and are likely to hold sway with younger-skewing potential Sanders supporters.
Actress and comedian Sarah Silverman, actor Ryan Reynolds and rapper Michael “Killer Mike” Render have all publicly announced their support for Sanders and have used their large social media platforms to advocate on his behalf.
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