Celebs give big money to Calif. Senate candidate
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Big-name celebrities — including John Legend, Seth MacFarlane, Sean Penn, and Sheryl Sandberg — are coughing up big cash to back Kamala Harris in her Senate bid.

California’s attorney general, a Democrat, is running to succeed retiring Sen. Barbara BoxerBarbara Levy BoxerThe ‘bang for the buck’ theory fueling Trump’s infrastructure plan Kamala Harris endorses Gavin Newsom for California governor Dems face hard choice for State of the Union response MORE (D-Calif.).

Federal Election Commission records show plenty of top-tier stars are getting out their checkbooks ahead of the June 2016 primary and the November 2016 general election.

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“Family Guy” creator MacFarlane shelled out more than $5,000 dollars to Harris’s campaign. Politically active “All of Me” singer Legend, a supporter of President Obama and frequent visitor to Washington, donated $2,000. Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer and author of Lean In, gave $5,200. “Milk” star Sean Penn also donated more than $5,000.

Famed director Rob Reiner, who was behind the camera on hits such as “When Harry Met Sally …,” “The Princess Bride,” and “This is Spinal Tap,” steered $2,700 Harris’s way with a donation in late March. Laurie David, the producer of 2006’s “An Inconvenient Truth,” offered up $5,400, the maximum amount an individual can give to a single candidate in a two-year election cycle. 

Harris was the first contender to formally declare her candidacy after Boxer, a four-term senator, announced in January she wouldn’t be running for reelection.

It’s not the first time Harris, who won a second term as the Golden State’s top cop in November, has tapped Tinseltown’s high-wattage stars: Hollywood reportedly contributed at least $1.4 million to her state attorney general campaign. Brian Brokaw, Harris’ campaign spokesman, told the Los Angeles Times last month of the Senate bid, “in a state as large as California, you have to lay the foundation for a very expensive race. Most of her nights are occupied up and down the state in living rooms, doing fundraisers and lining up endorsements.”

Among some of the other high-profile donors to Harris’s campaign: “All in the Family” producer Norman Lear, “Two and a Half Men” creator Chuck Lorre,  “NYPD Blue” co-creator Steven Bochco, former ESPN personality and now-NFL Network host Rich Eisen, talent agent Ari Emanuel, model Julianne Phillips and mega-producer Brian Grazer.

Harris also appears to have some of the top behind-the-scenes executives in Hollywood on her side. Viacom President Doug Herzog, Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn and NBCUniversal Vice Chairman Ron Meyer have all donated to her campaign.