A-Rod Donated to Romney, DeGeneres to Obama
(CNSNews.com) – Celebrities in Hollywood and in sports are making campaign contributions to this year’s presidential campaign with the vast majority of VIPs cited by OpenSecrets.org giving to President Barack Obama, but a few giving to Republican Mitt Romney.
New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez was among those donating to Romney, while TV comedienne Ellen DeGeneres was among those donating to Obama.
198 celebrities identified by OpenSecrets.org have given to Obama, while 14 have given to Romney.
One of Obama’s top celebrity donors is director/producer Steven Speilberg, who directed such popular films as Jurassic Park, Saving Private Ryan, Schindler’s List, E.T. and Raiders of the Lost Ark.
Producer Jerry Bruckheimer, however, gave the maximum $5,000 contribution to Romney for the primary race and the general election. Bruckheimer is the artist behind such films as Pirates of the Caribbean, National Treasure, and Black Hawk Down, as well as the popular television series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CSI: Miami, and The Amazing Race.
The Yankees’ A-Rod, Alex Rodriguez, gave $250 to Romney while former Boston Bruins legend Bobby Orr maxed out with $5,000 to Romney, as did Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Neil Simon, who wrote The Odd Couple.
Oakland A’s owner Lewis Wolff gave $2,500 to Romney and World Wrestling Entertainment executives Vincent and Linda McMahon each gave $5,000 to Romney.
On the Obama side, other top celebrity donors who gave the maximum $5,000 include:
Will Smith, actor
Barbra Streisand, singer
Ellen DeGeneres, TV comedian
Robert Downey Jr., actor
Will Ferrell, actor
George Clooney, actor,
Ron Howard, director
Quentin Tarantino, director
Ben Stiller, actor
Leonardo Dicaprio, actor
Stephen King, author