Tina Fey: I'm not endorsing so I don't get hit up for donations
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Tina Fey says there’s a simple reason she won’t publicly endorse a presidential candidate in this year’s election: She doesn’t want anyone hitting her up for campaign donations.
 
“If I have [made a 2016 pick], it’s private,” Fey said with a smile, “because then people will try to get money from me. That’s my money!”
 
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ITK caught up with the “Saturday Night Live” and “30 Rock” alum Tuesday at the Washington premiere of her new dark comedy film “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot” at the United States Navy Memorial. 
 
Fey plays a reporter who heads to a war zone on assignment. The film, produced by Fey and “SNL” creator Lorne Michaels, is based on journalist Kim Barker’s 2011 book, “The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan.”
 
Fey, famous for her crushing portrayal of 2008 GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, says that since leaving “SNL,” she hasn’t had to follow primary night coverage and the presidential debates with as much intensity.
 
“I watch most of the debates,” Fey, 45, explained, “but when you’re watching them to look for jokes, you’re watching them really intently and with a different eye than when you’re just a voter.”
 
The eight-time Emmy Award winner quipped: “Just by watching ‘The Today Show’ every morning, I’m getting a certain funnel of the political drama.” 
 
But, she continued, “I was definitely smarter and more knowledgeable about politics when I was at ‘Saturday Night Live.’ ”
 
A slew of real-life politicians has hit the “SNL” stage over the years — Democratic presidential candidates Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHillicon Valley: QAnon scores wins, creating GOP problem | Supreme Court upholds regulation banning robocalls to cellphones | Foreign hackers take aim at homebound Americans | Uber acquires Postmates The Hill's Campaign Report: Trump's job approval erodes among groups that powered his 2016 victory Gallup: Trump's job approval rating erodes among key groups MORE and Bernie SandersBernie SandersMilitary madness in the age of COVID-19 Will Twitter make @RealDonaldTrump a one-term president? Judd Gregg: The coming Biden coup MORE made cameos this season, and GOP front-runner Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpCNN's Anderson Cooper: Trump's Bubba Wallace tweet was 'racist, just plain and simple' Beats by Dre announces deal with Bubba Wallace, defends him after Trump remarks Overnight Defense: DOD reportedly eyeing Confederate flag ban | House military spending bill blocks wall funding MORE guest hosted in November — but Lorne Michaels was mum on whether the sketch comedy show would tap any other political figures in the coming weeks.
 
“I think, literally, we don’t know week-to-week,” Michaels said. “I can tell you what we’re doing for the next two weeks in March.”
 
Some lawmakers and VIPs might have been trying out their best material for Michaels, though, on Tuesday at the screening hosted by Paramount Pictures and the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA): Vice President Biden and Dr. Jill Biden; Secretary of State John KerryJohn Forbes KerrySusan Rice sees stock rise in Biden VP race Wesley Clark says Trump not serving in Vietnam 'might have been for the best' in light of Russian bounty reports Juan Williams: Time for boldness from Biden MORE; MPAA Chairman and former Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.); Sens. Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownSenate Dems request briefing on Russian bounty wire transfers On The Money: Mnuchin, Powell differ over how soon economy will recover | Millions fear eviction without more aid from Congress | IRS chief pledges to work on tax code's role in racial wealth disparities IRS chief pledges to work with Congress on examining tax code's role in racial wealth disparities MORE (D-Ohio), Barbara BoxerBarbara Levy BoxerBottom line Polls show big bounce to Biden ahead of Super Tuesday Sanders poised for big Super Tuesday MORE (D-Calif.), Debbie StabenowDeborah (Debbie) Ann StabenowACLU calls on Congress to approve COVID-19 testing for immigrants Senators press IRS chief on stimulus check pitfalls Democrats warn Biden against releasing SCOTUS list MORE (D-Mich.), Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenPolitical world mourns loss of comedian Jerry Stiller Maher to Tara Reade on timing of sexual assault allegation: 'Why wait until Biden is our only hope?' Democrats begin to confront Biden allegations MORE (D-Minn.) and Jim RischJames (Jim) Elroy RischRepublicans start bracing for shutdown fight in run-up to election GOP's Obama-era probes fuel Senate angst Democrat Paulette Jordan to face incumbent Jim Risch in Idaho Senate race MORE (R-Idaho); and Reps. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffDemocrats hit Trump for handling of Russian bounty allegations after White House briefing Voters must strongly reject the president's abuses by voting him out this November Democrats face tough questions with Bolton MORE (D-Calif.) and Ted Deutch (D-Fla.) were all eyed among the crowd at the exclusive event.
 
While Fey remained tight-lipped about which of the current crop of White House hopefuls she’d get behind, she did encourage a certain political outsider to run.
 
“Baba Booey,” she offered, referring to the nickname for radio host Howard Stern’s longtime producer, Gary Dell’Abate.
 
“It’s his time,” chimed in “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot” screenwriter Robert Carlock. “He’s been waiting in the wings.”
 
“America needs more Baba Booey,” Fey added.