ENTERTAINMENT
09/23/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Biden: Supportive Of Hollywood Policy, But Hardly Supported By Hollywood Money

Barack Obama's new VP choice Joe Biden has never received much financial support from Hollywood, unlike so many Democratic senators. According to the Center For Responsive Politics, which follows political money, Biden throughout his U.S. Senate career has raised only $390,298 from the TV/Movies/Music sector, including a mere $187,600 from entertainment industry donors in 2008 while he was running for President. I took a look at some of Biden's biggest Hollywood donors in 2008 -- big being a relative term here since individual contributions to the candidates are capped at $2,300 a person -- and they included: 2-time MGM/UA owner Kirk Kerkorian, Fox Filmed Entertainment Group chairman Tom Rothman, Westwood One Broadcasting owner Norm Pattiz, Carsey-Werner TV mogul Tom Werner, singer Barry Manilow, Endeavor agency partner Tom Strickler, Warner Bros Pictures Distribution SVP Howard Welinsky, Warner Music chairman/CEO Edgar Bronfman Jr, IAC chairman/CEO Barry Diller, indie filmmaker Sidney Kimmel, and Santa Monica movie producer Bill Benensen and his wife Laurie. For the 2008 Iowa caucus, Biden enlisted The West Wing's Richard Schiff (aka Toby Ziegler) to spend the weekend barnstorming across the state with Biden. News reports said Schiff championed the 6-term Delaware senator as an experienced pol who wouldn't "have to spend two or three years learning how to be president." Biden dropped out shortly afterward, complaining he couldn't garner media attention what with Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton receiving all the fanfare because, "This is about celebrity."

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