Stats on third quarter donations are out, and Hollywood still loves the Democratic candidates, with many stars opening their wallets this time around for Senator Obama.
Oprah Winfrey opened her Montecito estate for an Obama fundraiser in early September. Many of her friends are now on his donor list, as Holly Robinson Peete gave $4600 and Oscar-winner Forest Whitaker gave $2300. Others who were on the guest list and gave $4600 in the third quarter include Sidney Poitier, "Grey's Anatomy" star Ellen Pompeo and Linda Evans. Guests like Halle Berry, Jamie Foxx and Will Smith had already given the maximum to the guest of honor before Oprah's bash.
John Cleese and Lou Gossett gave $2300 to Obama in the third quarter, the max allowed for the primary season (those giving $4,600 also gave to the general election funds, should their candidate make it that far). Others who recently gave $2300 to Obama include "Sex and the City" producer Darren Star, who previously had given $2300 to John Edwards, "CSI: NY" star Hill Harper and "Titanic" actor William "Billy" Zane. Remember "A Different World" from the late '80s? Its star, Jasmine Guy, gave $2300 to Obama, as did actress Nia Long. Celebrity architect Frank Gehry also pitched in $2300. In addition, CAA "young Turks" Bryan Lourd and Kevin Huvane both gave to Obama's campaign, $4600 and $2300, respectively.
More peculiar donation sizes came from Emmy-winner Jeffrey Wright ($2050) and former Aniston beau and costar of "The O.C." Tate Donovan ($1035). Actor Will Forte, known for his spot-on "SNL" impression of Zell Miller, gave $250.
But not everyone who made a third quarter donation did so to Obama. Oprah's new best friend Jessica Seinfeld eschewed Obama with a new $4600 donation to Hillary Clinton. And Oscar-winner Renee Zellweger jumped in the game, also giving $4600 to Clinton in the third quarter. Susan Sarandon added to her $3000 in Obama donations with a $250 donation to Bill Richardson and fashion designer Tom Ford did something similar, adding to a previous Obama donation with $2300 to Bill Richardson.
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