This article was updated at 7:56 a.m. EDT with a non-comprehensive list of celebrities who made a donation in May or June.
As Hollywood elites battle to make their mark in politics, Actor Robert Duvall has announced that he will host a fundraiser featuring Ann Romney, the wife of presumptive GOP candidate Mitt Romney. The exclusive affair will be held at the Apocalypse Now star’s home in Middleburg, Virginia.
General reception tickets are $2,500 per person. The VIP photo reception goes for $10,000 a person. Tickets to dinner are $25,000.
The Republicans’ celebrity fundraising supporters include Kelsey Grammer, Jon Voight, Drew Carey and Adam Sandler. According to TheWrap and OpenSecrets.com, Mr. Grammer contributed $4,600 to Rudy Giuliani and $2,300 to John McCain during his 2008 presidential bid; Mr. Voight donated $3,500 to Mr. McCain’s 2008 campaign; Mr. Carey contributed $2,300 to Ron Paul’s campaign in 2007 and Mr. Sandler gave $2,100 to Mr. Giuliani’s presidential campaign in 2007.
The Obama campaign has drawn numerous celebrity supporters to the Democrats’ side, and August is an especially busy celebrity fundraising month for Barack Obama. On August 12, No Doubt singer Gwen Stefani is throwing a house party in Beverly Hills, which will feature First Lady Michelle Obama. Cast members of “The Wire” are scheduled to meet pro-Obama donors at a private residence on Martha’s Vineyard on August 15.
Stage and screen star Nathan Lane will host an “East End for Obama” event, co-starring Vice President Joe Biden and actors Edie Falco and Julianne Moore, on Aug. 24. In two weeks, Power producer Harvey Weinstein and Vogue editor Anna Wintour are reportedly joining forces for their own high-end fundraiser in Greenwich, Connecticut.
Finally, George Clooney, who hosted an enormously successful Obama fundraiser at his home in Studio City, California on May 10, will once again help raise funds for the president at two fundraising events in Geneva, Switzerland for American expatriates on August 27.
Celebrity endorsements and contributions played an important role in President Obama’s election in 2008. Support poured in from celebrities like Oprah Winfrey, Leonardo DiCaprio and Will Ferrell, and will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas produced the viral, pro-Obama music video “Yes We Can” featuring famous faces like Scarlett Johansson and John Legend.
While many celebrities are getting involved in this election cycle, the list of celebrities who support Mr. Obama’s reelection is noticeably longer than that of Mr. Romney’s list of celebrity supporters.
CNN compiled a non-comprehensive list of celebrities who made a donation in May or June to the major political action committees involved in the 2012 presidential election.
Actors & Actresses
Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights): $3250 in June, $5000 to date
Sam Waterston (Law and Order): $2250 in June, $5000to date
Ian Somerhalder (Lost, Vampire Diaries) : $2500
Olivia Wilde (House MD, Cowboys & Aliens) : $2500
Johnny Galecki (Roseanne, Big Bang Theory): $2500
Maria Bello (Prime Suspect): $2500
Ronald Guttman (Mad Men): $2075 in June, $4825 to date
Tyne Daly (Cagney & Lacey): $2000
Susan Saint James (Kate & Allie, McMillan & Wife): $2000
Holland Taylor (Two and a Half Men): $1000 in June, $2000 to date
Taraji P. Henson (Benjamin Button): $1850
Chris Pratt (Parks and Recreation): $1000
Aisha Tyler (The Talk co-host): $1000
Rob Minkoff (The Lion King): $2500
Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz: $2500
Peter Frampton: $2500 to Obama campaign
Toni Tennille of The Captain and Tennille: $1000 in June, $2000 to date
Yvonne Staples of The Staples Singers: $1000 in June, $2000 to date
OBAMA VICTORY FUND:
Bette Midler: $50,000 in June, $60,000 to date
Martin Von Haselberg (actor, Midler’s husband): $50,000
Billy Crystal: $40,000
Kirk Douglas: $40,000
Robert Downey, Jr.: $40,000
Eddie Murphy: $40,000
Tom Hanks: $35,800 (in May)
Rita Wilson: $35,800 (in May)
Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights): $27,500
Anne Hathaway (Dark Knight Rises): $25,000
Jamie Lee Curtis (Halloween, Trading Places): $2000 in June, $14,000 to date
Wendie Malick (Hot in Cleveland): $2500
Marsha Mason (The Goodbye Girl): $1500 in June, $2500 to date
Bridget Fonda (Jackie Brown): $600 in June, $2000 to date
Tate Donovan (Damages, The O.C.): $125 in June, $1622 to date
Jason Sudeikis (Saturday Night Live): $500
Kristin Chenoweth (Wicked, GCB): $500
Topher Grace (That 70s Show): $500
Bernadette Peters (The Jerk): $250
PRIORITIES USA (pro-Obama super PAC):
Morgan Freeman (Dark Knight Rises, Million Dollar Baby): $1 million
John Rich (Country singer, Celebrity Apprentice winner): $2500
ROMNEY VICTORY FUND:
Film producer Jerry Bruckheimer and wife: $25,000
Scott Baio (Arrested Development, Happy Days) and wife: $12,500
Vince McMahon (Pro. wresting exec.) & Linda McMahon (CT Senate hopeful): $9910
RESTORE OUR FUTURE (pro-Romney super PAC):
Vince McMahon (Pro. wresting exec.) & Linda McMahon (CT Senate hopeful): $150,000K
A tally of the money raised by the presidential candidates through June 2012 shows that the Obama campaign raised $490.6 million and the Romney campaign raised $437.7 million. While studies have shown that celebrity endorsements do not help politicians gain votes, history has shown that celebrities not only contribute large amounts of money to campaigns but they also inspire donors to give significant amounts to support political candidates.