List of Hollywood’s top power players shows they’re backing favorite candidate, yields surprising snubs

Hollywood’s most powerful players are putting their financial clout behind their political talk, contributing thousands of dollars to Democrats and, overwhelmingly, one particular 2020 contender.

Sen. Kamala Harris seems to be the 2020 Democratic candidate of choice for Hollywood’s most powerful names.

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Members of  “The Hollywood 100,” a list of the most powerful people in the entertainment industry ranked annually by The Hollywood Reporter, have overwhelmingly supported the California Democrat’s 2020 campaign.

According to Federal Election Commission data, 48 percent of the 2020 donations that were made by those listed on the THR 100 list were for Harris’ campaign, to the tune of $73,580.

Only 15 percent of the total donations went to former Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign, putting him in second place with just $22,400 from the Hollywood power players. Sens. Amy Klobuchar, Kirsten Gillibrand and Cory Booker each saw donations from members of the list which amounted to just over $10,000 each.

Missing from the donation pool was any donation to Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, two of the Democratic front-runners.

According to The Hollywood Reporter:

At this point in the 2020 federal election cycle, Discovery C.E.O. David Zaslav has been the most generous donor, though none of the $200,000 he has contributed has gone to any of the presidential candidates — Zaslav has given $100,000 to House speaker Nancy Pelosi’s political action committee and $89,400 to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

The next most generous donor has been Walt Disney Studios co-chairman Alan Horn, who has given more than $191,000, including maxed-out donations to Harris, Biden, Booker and Gillibrand, along with contributions to Democratic campaign organizations and Democratic Sens. Mark Warner and Gary Peters.


Mega director and producer J.J. Abrams, of Star Trek and Star Wars fame, has donated to the DCCC and Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee as well as to Harris, totaling $159,600 in contributions. Others have spread their donations, like managing director of ICM Partners Chris Silbermann who has contributed to Harris, Biden, Booker, Gillibrand and Bennet, as well as Pelosi’s PAC.

Chris Meledandri of Illumination Entertainment, known for films including “Despicable Me,” and “The Grinch,” reportedly maxed-out donations to Harris, Biden, Gillibrand, Sen. Michael Bennet, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard and former cabinet secretary Julian Castro.

Another top player, Disney CEO Bob Iger made six campaign donations which amounted to $49,500, including $35,500 to the DSCC, according to THR.

“Ahead of the midterm elections, 99.7 percent of 2018 campaign donations made by members of the THR entertainment power list went to Democratic campaigns and committees, with only Lorne Michaels, John Stankey and Bob Bakish giving to Republicans,” THR reported.

Not surprisingly, not one of the multiple 2020 election campaign contributions made by those listed on the list of 100 power players was made to a Republican candidate or organization.

No telling what Harris has been doing for the everyday constituents in her district but her ironically named “Kamala Harris For The People” campaign has her quite busy, rubbing elbows with Hollywood A-listers in several fundraisers this month.

Her husband Douglas Emhoff posted a photo of his wife at a recent party along with Katy Perry and Ariana Grande.

The fundraiser, hosted by powerful music executive Scooter Braun at his $20 million place in Brentwood, Los Angeles, included plenty of powerful players.


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