Hollywood Stars Stand By Their Presidential Nominee
Stars such as Tom Hanks, Jack Nicholson, Gwyneth Paltrow and 13 other Oscar winners are doing their best to put Democratic candidate and Vice President Al Gore over the top.
The Bush camp, on the other hand, looks to Magnum, PI star Tom Selleck and NRA President Charlton Heston for support, reported The National Enquirer.
"Typically, Hollywood seems to favor Democrats," Sheila Krumholz, director of research for the watchdog group Center for Responsive Politics told The Enquirer.
"And Democrats court Hollywood stars because it's so much easier to raise large chunks there than to raise many small contributions.
"Yet a lot more stars these days are going for Republicans," she added.
"For instance, Arnold Schwarzenegger has long supported the Republicans. And this year, Rick Schroder came out for the GOP."
Tough guy Bruce Willis, "Spin City" star Michael J. Fox, perfect 10 Bo Derek and others have raised more than $600,000 for the Bush campaign -- and an incredible $7 million for the Republican Party.
Yet Al Gore, whose Harvard University roommate was Space Cowboys star Tommy Lee Jones, enjoys an edge in the Hollywood cash race.
Celebs have coughed up nearly $1 million for the Gore campaign and a whopping $11 million for the Democratic Party war chest.
Hollywood Squares regular Whoopi Goldberg recently hosted a fund-raiser for Gore attended by Barbra Streisand, pop singer Enrique Iglesias and guy group Boyz II Men.
Supermodel Christie Brinkley was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention.
The list of stars who have given $1,000 or more to the former Senator from Tennessee reads like a Hollywood "A" list, including Harrison Ford, Warren Beatty, Nicolas Cage, Kevin Costner, Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas, Monday Night Football comic Dennis Miller, directors Steven Spielberg, Oliver Stone and Rob Reiner, producer Aaron Spelling and Basic Instinct temptress Sharon Stone.
Declared Krumholz: "It's not just money the political parties are going after. It's the stars' name recognition and status"-Albawaba.com.
© 2000 Al Bawaba (www.albawaba.com)