Monday, April 16, 2007

DICK & JANE GO TO THE FEC: I'm briefly going to unite the disparate chambers of my blogging brain with a few celebrity tidbits from the new FEC presidential filings. Here's what I'm gleaning: among Obama's $2000+ donors are Eddie Murphy, Tom Hanks, Vidal Sassoon, Jennifer Aniston, Angela Bassett, Toni ("ouch!") Bentley, Mark Burnett, Hill Harper, Tobey Maguire, Natalie Maines, Barry Manilow, Leonard Nimoy, Adrian "I grew up in a cardboard box!" Pasdar, Barbra Streisand, Audrey Wells and Gene Wilder, while author Ayelet Waldman pried herself away from her husband long enough on 3/31/07 to give $4600.

Famous Folks For Hillary include Michael Douglas, Gigi Levangie Grazer, Brian Grazer, Don Henley, Christine Lahti, Barry Manilow, Rodney and Holly Robinson-Peete, Kate Capshaw and Steven Spielberg, and Elizabeth Taylor.

Don Henley wants to explore John Edwards' Two Americas as well, as do Seth Green, Barry Manilow (again!), Brett Ratner, Darren Star, the Spielbergs, Barbra Streisand, and Brian Robbins.

Chris Dodd's fans include Michael Douglas, Mister Steve Martin, Barbra Streisand, Dick Ebersol, Elisabeth Shue and insult comic Jeffrey Ross.

Screenwriter Paul Haggis has a complex scenario with twenty-five overlapping characters that leads to a Dennis Kucinich win, as does former Baywatch star Alexandra Paul. A "Howard Mandel" in Los Angeles has given Joe Biden $3300, plus $1000 to Obama. (** Except there's two Howard Mandels in Beverly Hills who give generously to Dems; the other is an OB/GYN. So it's unclear whether this is this is the one who asks women to open their briefcases for a living, or the one . . . )

Adam Sandler gave Rudy Giuliani $2100, and John O'Hurley is also chanting "Ru-dy!" to the tune of $2300, while both Pat Boone and "Body by" Jake Steinfeld has pumped up Mitt Romney's coffers. More as I find it, but if you want to find it yourself, the NYT site seems to have the most flexible search engine.

update: Mark Ruffalo gave Kucinich $1000. And Matt has more in the Comments.

update again: Via a friend and other sources -- add Jackson Browne, Steven Bochco, Tommy Schlamme and Susan Sarandon to the Obama list, with Tracey Ullman giving $250 before yelling "go home!"; Marla Maples gave $1000 to Clinton, and Casey Kasem dedicated $250 to Dennis Kucinich. Lorne Michaels sent John McCain $1000, and you can insert your own "straight talk" joke here.

Coaches: Dean Smith dipped into the four corners of his pockets to find $4400 for John Edwards; Barry Switzer gave $2000 to Bill Richardson and still went for it on 5th and 1.

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