For celebrities, $5,000 may seem like chump change. But for political candidates, each dollar may mean the difference between a 30 second television ad at 4 am and a 60 second ad at 6 pm. In other words, fundraising can determine whether or not a candidate even has a shot at winning an election. Luckily for many democratic candidates in the 2014 midterm elections, a lot of Hollywood’s blood runs blue, equating to more green in the left-leaning candidates’ campaign coffers. The Federal Election Commission limits campaign contributions for each candidate to $2,600 per individual or $5,200 per couple per election cycle. That didn’t stop Hollywood celebrities from maxing out their contributions and getting creative by donating to democratic PACs and campaign committees. Here are 25 stars who donated money to democrats in the 2014 midterm elections.
20. Anna Wintour
Despite being a huge fundraising force for Barack Obama’s past presidential campaigns, the Vogue editor-in-chief was more reserved in her political activity this election cycle, giving $2,500 to Rep. Tim Bishop (D-N.Y.) and $5,000 to the Democratic National Committee.
15. Tim Gunn
Designer Tim Gunn, of “Project Runway” fame, was born and raised in D.C. This cycle, he maxed out his contribution to Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) and also hosted a special “Mothers and Daughters” tea in honor of the senator? He co-hosted the night with lobbyist Liz Robbins, who worked with him in the past on intellectual property rights for fashion designers. In the past, they have both been on Capitol Hill, discussing this issue with lawmakers.
10. Cameron Diaz
Alison Grimes massive campaign coffer can be attributed to several A-List celebrities including Cameron Diaz, who maxed out her donation to the candidate’s campaign against Mitch McConnell.
Who knew comedians took politics seriously? Chris Rock, Jack Black and Jerry Seinfeld all contributed to Kentucky Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes’ campaign against Sen. Mitch McConnell.