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Celebs start opening their wallets for 2020 Dems

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Nearly ever major Democratic 2020 presidential candidate is getting a boost from Hollywood, with big name performers such as Jon Bon Jovi, Ben Affleck and Susan Sarandon already opening up their wallets.

Sen. Kamala Harris — perhaps getting an advantage from her proximity to star power as California’s junior senator — appears to be leading the pack when it comes to Hollywood fundraising. Federal Election Commission first-quarter campaign finance reports released this week and analyzed by ITK showed some major players are dropping coins into the lawmaker’s coffers. Some of Harris’s donors include: Affleck, who maxed out with a $2,800 campaign donation; former “Mad Men” star Jon Hamm, who gave $1,000; “Two and a Half Men’s” Jon Cryer, almost topping out at $2,775 and talk show host Busy Phillips, who gave $2,000. Other Harris donors include: Lily Tomlin and Don Cheadle, who both gave a handful of $100 donations over the last several months, music producer Quincy Jones with a $2,800 donation, director Lee Daniels, comedian Wanda Sykes and actress America Ferrera.

{mosads}But Harris is hardly alone in securing campaign cash from famous faces. Sen. Cory Booker’s (N.J.) celebrity donors include Kevin Bacon, who gave $2,800 last month; Bon Jovi and his wife, Dorothea, who together donated $5,600; “Glass” director M. Night Shyamalan and “CSI” actress Marg Helgenberger, who both dished out $2,700 and Jamie Lee Curtis, who gave $1,000 towards Booker’s 2020 efforts.

Booker found both a girlfriend and donor in actress Rosario Dawson. The “Rent” actress — who confirmed last month that she was dating the longtime bachelor — gave her “boo’s” campaign hundreds of dollars in February.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is also feeling the love from some high-profile folks. Danny DeVito doled out $2,700 to Sanders’s campaign in February, while Susan Sarandon — who endorsed Green Party nominee Jill Stein in the 2016 race before hitting the campaign trail for Sanders — gave $2,800. The Academy Award winner also donated $500 last month to Rep. Tulsi Gabbard’s (Hawaii) campaign. Actress Madeleine Stowe and singers Jackson Browne and Norah Jones also might consider themselves “Bernie Bros” with donations to Sanders.

Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke — who saw his national profile rise last year during his failed Senate bid against Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) — counts Willie Nelson, celebrity chef Rachael Ray, “Saturday Night Live’s” Cecily Strong and actor Tate Donovan among his donors. Last year, Nelson unveiled a new song at a rally for O’Rourke in the Lone Star State.

South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttiegeg has quickly amassed a celeb following, with former “West Wing” star Bradley Whitford, “This is Us” actress Mandy Moore, “Deadpool” star Ryan Reynolds, Jane Lynch, and “Homeland” executive producer Alex Gansa all coughing up moolah for his campaign.

Whitford — a vocal critic of President Trump — also threw some money Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s way, giving to the Massachusetts Democrat’s 2020 bid. Producer James L. Brookes gave $2,800 to Warren, former “Sex and the City” star Evan Handler donated $250, and, in addition to his Sanders donation, “Doctor My Eyes” singer Browne gave $100 to Warren for President.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.) is getting a bit of help with her fundraising courtesy of her former college roommate, former “Nashville” star Connie Britton. The performer gave a pair of $1,000 donations to her friend’s campaign earlier this year. Former “SNL” star Rachel Dratch also gave Gillibrand $500 last month.

While his dad, Clint Eastwood, famously delivered a speech to an empty chair at the 2012 Republican National Convention, Scott Eastwood is propping up a Democrat in the next presidential election. The 33-year-old “Walk of Fame” star donated $500 to former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper’s 2020 campaign.

Sanders took in the most massive first-quarter fundraising haul of the Democratic pack, raking in $18.2 million. But that colossal total might appear paltry compared to the $30 million Trump’s reelection campaign raised during the same time frame. Harris took the Democratic runner-up spot in terms of total fundraising numbers, with her campaign taking in $12 million, followed by O’Rourke’s $9.4 million and $7 million for Buttigieg.

Candidates who aren’t necessarily household names are also getting an infusion of cash from Tinseltown. Both Nicolas Cage and Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo gave $1,000 to Andrew Yang’s campaign.

Tags 2020 2020 election Andrew Yang Bernie Sanders Cory Booker Donald Trump Elizabeth Warren Fundraising Hollywood John Hickenlooper Kirsten Gillibrand Ted Cruz Tulsi Gabbard

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