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40 Celebrities Who Gave to Political Causes and Candidates

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Getting Political

Almost every politician knows that Hollywood is a great place to have a campaign fundraiser — and not just because of the warm weather. Celebrities are often willing to open their wallets for causes they care about — and the politicians who support them. Here are some stars who give (as well as how much), according to the Federal Election Commission (FEC). While some give to a laundry list of causes, we're reporting the top two highest contributions of each celebrity.

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Stephanie Zimbalist
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Stephanie Zimbalist

$300 for Collins for Senator
$250 for the Trump Make America Great Again Committee

The star of the '80s TV show "Remington Steele" doesn't give big amounts, but she gives often (she gives about $100 a month to the Trump Make America Great Again Committee).

 Blythe Danner
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Blythe Danner

$1,000 for Planned Parenthood Votes

Though many people know Danner as Gwyneth Paltrow's mom, she's an Emmy- and Tony-winning actress in her own right. She donated to Planned Parenthood Votes, an organization with a focus on reproductive rights.  

Susan Sarandon
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Susan Sarandon

$2,800 for Sweet for Senate

Though "Thelma and Louise" star Sarandon was a diehard Bernie Sanders supporter, getting into a years-long public tiff with fellow redhead Debra Messing about the 2016 election, this year Sarandon put her money behind Betsy Sweet in Maine's Democratic Primary. It wasn't enough to push Sweet over the finish line — she lost to Sara Gideon, who will be running for the seat currently held by incumbent (and Republican) Susan Collins.

James Spader
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James Spader

$2,800 for Biden for President

"The Blacklist" star Spader has been called the strangest man on television by Rolling Stone, but he's made a pretty conventional choice in donating to the Democratic candidate for president, Joe Biden. 

Bob Balaban
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Bob Balaban

$2,800 for Mark Kelly for Senate

The producer-actor-writer best known for his acting in "Waiting for Guffman" and "Best in Show," but he was also nominated for an Oscar for his producing role on "Gosford Park." Though he never seems to have played an astronaut, he donated money to the Senate campaign for one — Mark Kelly. 

Bill Pullman
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Bill Pullman

$2,800 for Montanans for Bullock 


Like a number of other celebrities, the “Titanic” star donated to a senate campaign — two-term Montana Governor Steve Bullock's run the senate.

Sam Waterston
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Sam Waterston

$3,000 for DSCC

The "Law & Order" star may have played Republican President Abraham Lincoln in the 1988 miniseries "Lincoln," but he didn't make a contribution to Lincoln's party for 2020. Instead, Waterston gave to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. 

Frances McDormand
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Frances McDormand

$3,200 for Win the Era PAC

McDormand is a two-time Oscar winner, a two-time Emmy winner, and a Tony winner, but her presidential pick didn't share her luck. Though she donated money to Pete Buttigieg's race, he dropped out. 

Ben Affleck
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Ben Affleck

$1,000 Biden Victory Fund
$2,800 Corey 2020

While Corey Booker didn't go as far as the "Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice" star might have liked (he also gave $2,250 to Kamala Harris' presidential campaign), he also gave to the current Democratic presidential nominee. 

Barbra Streisand
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Barbra Streisand

$2,800 for Biden Victory Fund
$2,000 for Biden for President

Streisand is known for her remarkable voice, but she's also known for her strong political opinions. She's already written a column denouncing President Donald Trump and even recorded an album of anti-Trump songs called "Walls," so her financial endorsement for Trump's competitor is no surprise.

Reese Witherspoon
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Reese Witherspoon

$2,800 for Gillibrand 2020 
$2,250 for Kamala Harris for the People

The "Legally Blonde" star is all about girl power when it comes to giving. She contribute to both Harris' and Kristen Gillibrand's failed campaigns for president this year. 

Tom Hanks
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Tom Hanks

$2,800 for Win the Era PAC
$2,500 Swing Left

Although the "Saturday Night Live" skit in which Tom Hanks agreed to be the running mate of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson for a 2020 run for president was just a joke, Hanks is involved in politics. While he gave to Pete Buttigieg's unsuccessful presidential campaign, he's also given to other Democratic causes, including Biden for President and Schiff for Congress.

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Debra Messing
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Debra Messing

$5,000 for Schiff for Congress
$500 for Jaime Harrison for Senate

The "Will & Grace" star is outspoken in her views and has given to a large number of organizations (her name shows up 37 times on the FEC listing) ranging from a monthly $100 payment to ActBlue to $250 for Stop Republicans. 

Kirsten Vangsness
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Kirsten Vangsness

$5,000 for PAC for a Change
$500 for Swalwell for Congress

Vangsness, who plays Penelope Garcia on the CBS show "Criminal Minds," has given to a number of campaigns, including presidential runs by Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, and Pete Buttigieg. 

Danny DeVito
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Danny DeVito

$2,800 for Hickenlooper for Colorado
$2,800 for Doug Jones for Senate Committee

The "Taxi" star has given to a number of Senate races across the country, including Mark Kelly in Arizona and Gary Peters in Michigan. Earlier this year, he also gave $2,700 to Bernie 2020. 

Michael J. Fox
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Michael J. Fox

$5,600 for the Win the Era PAC

The "Back to the Future" star donated money to this PAC, which supported Pete Buttigieg, the first openly gay man to win a presidential caucus, in his run for the White House. The PAC is still accepting donations supporting other Democratic candidates.


Candice Bergen
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Candice Bergen

$5,600 for Win the Era PAC

The former "Murphy Brown" star was the center of political controversy when the show was first on the air (she played an unmarried mother on the show, which incited the ire of then-Vice President Dan Quayle). Though Bergen says she went on a date with President Trump when they were both teenagers ("I was home very early," she said on "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert"), she supported Pete Buttigieg's run for president with a donation last year.

Lily Tomlin
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Lily Tomlin

$5,000 for Biden Victory Fund
$2,800 for Biden for President

The "Grace and Frankie" star hasn't given only to Joe Biden. She's made over 1,000 contributions in the last two years (mostly monthly donations to several causes), including donations to ActBlue, Warren for President, Marianne Williamson for President, and the Democratic Party of Wisconsin. 

Jane Lynch
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Jane Lynch

$5,000 for Remedy Political Action Committee
$2,800 for Swalwell for Congress

In addition to supporting California Rep. Eric Swalwell (who also formed the Remedy PAC to fund a number of Democratic candidates), former "Glee" star Lynch also puts about $100 a month behind the nonprofit technology organization ActBlue, which helps left-leaning nonprofits and candidates raise money from individual donors by providing them with online fundraising software. 

Selena Gomez
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Selena Gomez

$10,000 for Fair Fight

The pop singer and star of the Disney Channel show "Wizards of Waverly Place" donated to Fair Fight, an organization battling voter suppression and disinformation by building voter protection teams.

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Michael Douglas
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Michael Douglas

$5,000 for Dem Senate 2020
$5,000 for Kamala Harris for the People

The husband of Catherine Zeta Jones and star of the Netflix series "The Kominsky Method," Michael Douglas is a two-time Oscar winner who has also been a strong advocate for gun control since 1980, when he was living in the same New York neighborhood as John Lennon at the time the singer was shot and killed. Douglas advocates for Democrats, giving to not only Joe Biden's presidential campaign but U.S. Senate campaigns by Mark Kelly (Arizona), Jaime Harrison (South Carolina) and Amy McGrath (Kentucky). 

Octavia Spencer
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Octavia Spencer

$10,000 for Democratic Party of Wisconsin


The star of "Hidden Figures" doesn't give to a lot of organizations, but when she does give, she gives big and gives with a target in mind — Wisconsin is widely scene as a battleground state for the 2020 election. 

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Rita Wilson
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Rita Wilson

$10,000 for SMP


Tom Hanks' wife is an actress in her own right, and she also makes her own political contributions. SMP stands for Senate Majority PAC, which has the goal to help Democrats win a senate majority in 2020. 

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Jessica Harper
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Jessica Harper

$5,000 for the DNC
$5,000 for Fair Fight

Classic and cult movie fans know Harper from leading roles in the movie "Suspiria" and "Pennies from Heaven," but in Hollywood she's also known for being the wife of Thomas Edgar Rothman, the chairman of Sony Pictures. She's a generous contributor to blue causes (she shows up 35 times in the last two years on the FEC list), and has given to a variety of campaigns, including Sara Gideon's run for a U.S. Senate seat representing Maine, as well as regular contributions to ActBlue.

Alyssa Milano
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Jane Fonda
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Jane Fonda

$5,000 for Build Our Movement PAC
$5,600 for Pramila for Congress

The 82-year-old actress and activist Jane Fonda has never been shy about expressing her opinion when it comes to politics. The "Grace and Frankie" star has given to the Congressional Black Caucus PAC as well as the Biden Victory Fund.

 Amanda Peet
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Amanda Peet

$5,600 Mark Kelly Victory Fund
$5,600 Arizona Democratic Party

Amanda Peet, who most recently starred in the Netflix series "Dirty John: The Betty Broderick Story," has focused her giving efforts on Arizona. Not only did she give to the Arizona Democratic Party, she also donated to Mark Kelly's campaign for Senate — representing Arizona.

Bryan Cranston
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Bryan Cranston

$10,000 for Mark Kelly Victory Fund
$10,000 for Schiff Hold the House 2020

The "Breaking Bad" and "Malcolm in the Middle" star is a frequent Democratic contributor. He has given to a variety of congressional candidates, including Valerie Plame (New Mexico), Harley Rouda (California), and Chris Bubser (California). 

Larry David
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Larry David

$15,000 for Biden Victory Fund
$5,600 for Biden for President

While Larry David may be famous for playing a misanthropic old crank on HBO's "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and an irritable Bernie Sanders on "Saturday Night Live," he seemingly hasn't written a check for his doppleganger. Instead, David has exclusively contributed to Joe Biden's presidential campaign.

David Hyde Pierce
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David Hyde Pierce

$35,500 for the DNC
$10,000 for the Texas Democratic Party

You may know him as Dr. Nils Crane on the '90s sitcom "Frasier," but Democrat politicos know him as a generous contributor (he pops up as a donor 14 other times on the FEC list).

Kyra Sedgwick
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Kyra Sedgwick

$45,000 for Swing Left
$2,800 for Biden for President

Though Sedgewick and husband Kevin Bacon lost millions in the Bernie Madoff Ponzi scheme, they still have money to give to causes they believe in. The star of the TNT show "The Closer" has given to a number of Democratic PACs and candidates and most recently gave to former Vice-President Joe Biden.

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Kevin Bacon
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Kevin Bacon

$50,000 for Swing Left
$2,800 for Win the Era PAC

Along with wife Kyra Sedgwick, the "Footloose" star is a stalwart Democratic defender. He also gave $2,800 to Corey Booker's presidential campaign.

Steve Wynn
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Steve Wynn

$106,500 for Republican National Committee

Last year Wynn (the billionaire owner of the Wynn Las Vegas hotel) gave a chunk of money to the RNC, with which he has a close relationship — shortly after President Trump was inaugurated in 2017, he was named the finance chairman of the organization. He stepped down one year later amid sexual misconduct allegations.

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Haim Saban
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Haim Saban

$213,000 for DCCC


If you're not familiar with billionaire Haim Saban, there's a good chance you know his work. In the '80s, he brought the Japanese series "Super Sentai" to the U.S. under the name "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers."


Warren Buffett
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Warren Buffett

$213,000 for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee
$2,800 for Mark Kelly for Senate

While billionaire investor Warren Buffett was the son of a Republican congressman from Nebraska, that doesn't mean he's followed in his dad's footsteps. "I'm a Democrat, but I'm not a card-carrying Democrat," he told Reuters earlier this year. Though he says he supported Hilary Clinton's run for president in 2016, he says he sometimes votes for Republicans. Lately Buffett has seemed pretty blue, given his donations to the DCCC and Mark Kelly. 

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Steven Spielberg
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Steven Spielberg

$250,000 for Biden Victory Fund
$250,000 for SMP

The director of "Jaws" and "Jurassic Park" has no problem opening up his wallet for causes he supports (there are another 11 on the FEC list). He's supported U.S. Senate races in Maine (Sara Gideon), California (Christy Smith), Virginia (Mark Warner) Montana (Steve Bullock) and beyond. 

Kate Capshaw
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Kate Capshaw

$500,000 for Priorities USA Action
$5,600 for Montanans for Bullock

The wife of director Steven Spielberg who also appeared in "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom," Capshaw has a few causes she gives to independently of her husband (who also donates considerable funds to blue causes). In addition to the progressive advocacy organization Priorities USA Action, she's backed Montanan Steve Bullock's campaign for a Senate seat and U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley of Oregon. 

Jeffrey Katzenberg
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Jeffrey Katzenberg

$617,800 for Biden Victory Fund
$259,100 for Nancy Pelosi Victory Fund

Katzenberg, who founded Dreamworks SKG with Steven Spielberg is also the founder of the new streaming service Quibi. The Hollywood Reporter has said he's "one of Hollywood's premier political kingmakers and one of the Democratic Party's top national fundraisers."

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Isaac Perlmutter
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Isaac Perlmutter (former CEO of Marvel Entertainment)

$575,000 for Trump Victory
$360,600 to Donald Trump

The Israeli-American billionaire isn't just the chairman and CEO Emeritus of Marvel Entertainment. He was also part of President Trump's inauguration committee, and (along with his wife, Laura) helped donate 50 tons of food to the Palm Beach Food Bank in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Seth MacFarlane
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Seth MacFarlane

$865,000 for the Democratic Grassroots Victory Fund
$106,500 for Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee

The creator of "Family Guy" is a big supporter of blue causes across the country — in the last year he's given a total of $80,000 to Democratic organizations in Indiana, New York, Nebraska, Louisiana, Montana, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Kentucky. Stewie would probably be horrified.