By J. Taylor Rushing - 03/13/10 11:14 PM EST
Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) is pulling in some of the biggest names in Hollywood for her Golden State re-election bid — think Steven Spielberg, Barbra Streisand, David Geffen and Kate Moss — among tens of thousands of others.
A search of Boxer’s 2009 donations as filed with the Federal Election Commission show a busy year for the 69-year-old, three-term Democrat who was first elected to the House in 1982 and the Senate a decade later. In all, Boxer collected $5.8 million during the year, $4.6 million of which came from individuals.
Actors stand out in the lists. James Belushi and Peter Coyote each gave $500. Sally Field gave $1,000. Former "Saturday Night Live" actor Kevin Nealon pitched in $250. Streisand donated $1,000.
Plenty of musicians show up as well. Jazz artist Herb Alpert
and his wife, Lani, each gave $4,700. Singer Edie Brickell and her husband, Paul
Simon, each gave $1,000. Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh donated $1,000, and
folk/rock singer Bonnie Ratt gave $600. And Nancy Sinatra sent in $1,250.
Producers and celebrity attorneys were also plentiful: Wes Craven, director of the “Nightmare on Elm Street” movies, sent in $250. Attorney Alan Dershowitz gave $500, writer/filmmaker Nora Ephron gave $1,000, and longtime record executive Mo Ostin gave $1,400.
Several names linked to Bill Clinton and Hillary Rodham Clinton make an appearance. Harold Ickes, President Clinton’s deputy chief of staff, gave $1,000. Mack McLarty, Clinton’s top chief of staff, gave $500. And Harold Wolfson, communications director for Sen. Clinton (D-N.Y.), donated $1,000.
Among the other names: San Francisco Giants Vice President Laurence Baer, who gave $500; former California Gov. Gray Davis (D) and his wife, Sharon, each of whom gave $1,000; Google Inc. executive David Drummond, who gave $1,000; and Christine Pelosi, a San Francisco-based consultant and daughter of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who gave $300.
Jennifer Duffy, a senior editor and U.S. Senate analyst for The Cook Political Report, said Boxer’s high-profile donors aren’t likely to hurt her with Golden State voters.
“In California, it’s pretty accepted because most of the people who gave Boxer money actually vote in California,” Duffy said. “I don’t believe it tells us anything new about Boxer or her politics. She has a voting record that supports many of the same causes that the stereotypical celebrity supports.”
Boxer’s campaign emphasizes that besides celebrities, Boxer
received donations from a wide array of physicians, farmers, homemakers and
Rose Kapolczynski, Boxer’s campaign manager, said Boxer is “proud to have earned the support of a broad cross-section of this incredibly diverse state that is home to every possible profession, from high-tech entrepreneurs to nurses to farmers to actors.”
“In fact, one of the most represented professions among our donors is teachers — thousands of teachers have contributed to her campaign. Nearly a thousand people are in the ‘Be A Boxer’ program of recurring small monthly contributions — including a bookkeeper in Los Angeles and a truck driver in Union City.
“More than 61,000 people have contributed to Sen Boxer's campaign -- including people in every single county in California and every single state in the union. Eighty percent of Boxer contributions are under $100.”
Boxer ended 2009 in prime financial shape. Subtracting her
expenses and adding the money she already had on hand, she rang in the New Year
with more than $7.2 million on hand. No one else came close — according to the
FEC, GOP candidate Carly Fiorina was the next-closest winner in the money race,
ending the year with $2.7 million in the bank.
Boxer does have a challenger in the June 8 primary elections — online political blogger Mickey Kaus, who filled out campaign papers earlier this month but has not yet filed an FEC report.
A glance at the more well-known names among Sen. Barbara Boxer’s (D-Calif.) 2009 campaign contributors:
Alpert, Herb: musician, $2,400
Alpert, Lani: musician (wife), $2,400
Alvarez, Frederick: Wayans Bros. producer, $250
Baer, Laurence: SF Giants vice president, $500
Boggs, Hale: lobbyist, $500
Brickell, Edie: musician, $1,000
Belushi, James: actor, $500
Calabrese, Joseph: celebrity attorney, $250
Carsey, Marcia: producer, $4,800
Coyote, Peter: actor, $500
Craven, Wes: filmmaker, $250
David, Marjorie: producer, $250
Davis, Gray: attorney, former governor, $1,000
Davis, Sharon: wife of Gray Davis, $1,000
Dershowitz, Alan: attorney, $500
Drummond, David: Google Inc. executive, $1,000
Ephron, Nora: writer/filmmaker, $1,000
Field, Sally: actor, $1,000
Ford, Harold: former U.S. Senate candidate, $2,400
Geffen, David: producer/filmmaker, $4,700
Ickes, Harold: consultant, former Clinton official, $1,000
Katzenberg, Jeffrey: producer/filmmaker, $4,800
Katzenberg, Marilyn: wife of Jeffrey Katzenberg, $4,800
Krantz, Judith: writer, $2,400
Lesh, Phil: musician, $1,000
McLarty, Mack: former Clinton chief of staff, $500
Moss, Kate: actress/model, $500
Nealon, Kevin: actor, $250
Ostin, Mo: record executive, $1,400
Pelosi, Christine: consultant, daughter of Nancy Pelosi $300
Raitt, Bonnie: musician, $600
Simon, Paul: musician, $1,000
Sinatra, Nancy: musician, $1,250
Spielberg, Steven: filmmaker, $4,800
Spielberg, Kate: wife of Steven Spielberg, $4,800
Striestrand, Barbra: singer/actor, $1,000
Wolfson, Harold: former Hillary Clinton adviser, $1,000
Zerbe, Anthony: actor, $500