Hollywood's secret club of conservatives not showing GOP candidates the money

Hollywood's "highly secretive club of conservatives," known as Friends of Abe (FOA), has met with high-profile Republicans in private but is not contributing to them publicly, according to the Hollywood Reporter.  

At its annual June meeting, California GOP Senate candidate Carly Fiornia, House Minority Whip Eric CantorEric CantorVA Dems jockey for Kaine's seat High anxiety for GOP Webb: Broken trust, broken party MORE (R-Va.), and Tea Party activist Andrew Breitbart stopped by.

On the showbiz side, conservative actors like Gary Sinise, Kelsey Grammer and Dennis Miller were in attendance.

But while Fiorina received a standing ovation, she didn't get much cash.

"Obviously, the FOA folks will vote for GOP candidates like Carly and [gubernatorial candidate] Meg Whitman," one attendee told the paper. "But I haven't heard the sound of many wallets opening."

Other highlights from the article:

According to the Center for Responsive Politics, Sen. Barbara BoxerBarbara BoxerLawmakers praise bonus-clawback suspension, pledge permanent fix Defense chief pledges to 'resolve' bonus clawback issue California National Guard official: Congress knew about bonus repayments MORE (D-Calif.) received $677,000 from the movie, TV and music industries, while "Fiorina's take from showbiz donors is so small, it doesn't even register in her Top 20 ranking of business contributors."

In the governor's race, the National Institute on Money in State Politics reported Democratic candidate Jerry Brown received $330,000 from entertainment industry sources and Whitman only got $45,000.

And the reason FOA, which has been in existance for a couple of years, keeps a low profile? Because it fears a "chilling effect" on showbiz careers, John Nolte, editor of conservative website Big Hollywood, told the paper. "There's no blacklist in the classic sense," he said. "It's more of a peer-pressure thing."