George Clooney, Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg are among the Hollywood celebrities who have given the maximum contributions allowable to President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign and the Democratic National Committee.
Oscar winner Clooney has made a $2,500 contribution to Obama for the primary election and another $2,500 for the general election, plus $30,800 to the DNC, according to campaign contribution data on the OpenSecrets.org website.
Under federal election campaign finance law for 2011-2012, an individual may give $2,500 to a candidate for each election — the primary and the general — and $30,800 to a national party committee, such as the DNC or the Republican National Committee (RNC).
Hanks, a two-time Oscar winner, also made two $2,500 contributions to Obama’s re-election campaign and $30,800 to the DNC, as did filmmaker Spielberg.
Actor Michael Douglas has given Obama $2,000, and singer-songwriters Neil Young and James Taylor have both donated the $30,800 maximum to the DNC, plus two $2,500 contributions to Obama.
Directors Ron Howard, Rob Reiner and Cameron Crowe have contributed to the DNC.
But not all celebrities are backing Obama’s re-election campaign. Comedian and political commentator Dennis Miller gave $250 to Herman Cain’s campaign in September. Actor and economist Ben Stein gave $1,500 to Rep. Michele Bachmann’s presidential campaign, and $250 to Republican Rep. Allen West of Florida.
Real estate mogul and host of “The Apprentice” Donald Trump gave $30,000 to the RNC, $1,000 to Rep. West, $1,000 to Republican Rep. Pete King of New York, and $2,500 to California Republican Rep. Ed Royce.