Celebrities and Industries Who Contributed to Obama's Re-Election Campaign

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What celebrities and industries contributed to Obama's re-election campaign in 2012?

We'll eat dessert first, then get to the vegetables later. The fun stuff: which celebrities donated a bunch of money to Obama's reelection campaign? Among the biggest donors -- the ones who gave the $61,600 maximum possible to the Democratic Party -- were will.i.am. Tom Hanks, George Clooney and Wendell Pierce (Bunk from The Wire). The next tier down included Anna Wintour (the inspiration for The Devil Wears Prada), Eva Longoria and James Taylor (they all gave about $30,000).

Some of the cheaper celebrities: Zach Braff ($2,500 to Obama), Scarlet Johannson ($12,000 total) and Adrian Grenier ($5,000 to Obama).

(If you're interested, here's a long list of celebrity donors to Romney's campaign. Some highlights: John Elway, Peyton Manning, Dean Koontz, Kristi Yamaguchi, Alex Rodriguez -- athletes like Republicans apparently).

That was fun, but what really matters is which industries gave to Obama. Some background first.

Remember that Obama trumpeted how his support was coming from small, individual donors in 2008? That wasn't true; some political scientists estimated that donors who contributed $250 or less were only about 10 percent of Obama's then-record total raised in 2008. The fact is this: in 2008, both candidates were funded by the wealthy.

Things did not change in 2012. As three academics put it:

In sharp contrast to endlessly repeated claims that big business was deeply suspicious of the President, our statistical results show that a large and powerful bloc of "industries of the future" -- telecommunications, high tech, computers, and software -- showed essentially equal or higher percentages of support for the President in 2012 than they did for Romney.

The authors note the connection between the NSA surveillance and these contributions. Hmmm? Keeping the President happy?


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