REVEALED: 99 percent of cash given by top Hollywood executives to politicians ahead of the Midterms has been donated to Democrats

Saturday, October 13, 2018
By Paul Martin

The biggest Hollywood donations went almost all to Democrats
Top executives and entertainers have given 99.7 percent of their more than $4 million in federal donations to Democrats
HBO’s Bill Maher donated $1 million to the Senate Majority PAC
Netflix CEO Reed Hastings gave $500,000 and William Morris Endeavor talent agency executives Ari Emanuel and Patrick Whitesell contributed $100,000
Directors Steven Spielberg gave $549,000 and J.J. Abrams $347,500
But Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels gave $5,000 to the Republicans

13 October 2018

With the Midterm election just weeks away, donations are pouring into Democrat party coffers, none so than from the Hollywood elite who are always a reliable source of contributions when it comes to boosting campaign finances.

Out of more than $4 million that has been donated so far by Hollywood’s top entertainers and executives 99.7% went to the percent went to the Democratic party and Democratic-leaning political action committees or organizations.

HBO host Bill Maher led the field in terms of donations from Tinseltown with a cool $1 million. He was closely followed by Netflix CEO Reed Hastings with a donation for $500,000 and Endeavor executives Ari Emanuel and Patrick Whitesell for $120,400 and $147,400 respectively.

A list compiled by The Hollywood Reporter reviewed data collected by the Federal Election Commission.

Some of Hollywood’s biggest directors have long contributed to the Democrats and 2018 is no different. Steve Spielberg donated $549,000 and while J.J. Abrams donated $347,500.

Just three members of the 100-strong list of donations made to political parties, were for Republicans.

Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels gave $5,000 to moderate Republican Senator Susan Collins; WarnerMedia CEO John Stankey gave $2,000 to both Tennessee Republican Senate candidate Marsha Blackburn and the National Republican Congressional Committee while iacom CEO Bob Bakish gave $1,500 to Republican Georgia Senator Johnny Isakson and $1,000 to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Aside from generous individuals, talent management agencies were also consistent in their donations.

The Creative Artists Agency (CAA) Managing Partner Bryan Lourd gave $106,300 in donations, followed by ICM Partners Managing Director Chris Silbermann with $54,700 and CAA Managing Partner Kevin Huvane $47,300.

But not all of Hollywood leans Democratic with entertainment company political action committees generally striving to be fairer in their political leanings.

The 21st Century Fox PAC gave $80,500 to Democrats competing for House seats and a similar amount, $80,000, to Republicans competing for House seats.

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