Celebs stump for presidential candidates


LOS ANGELES: Hillary Clinton has Ben Affleck and George Clooney on her team, while Donald Trump’s celebrity backers fall more on the tough guy side with the likes of Hulk Hogan or Mike Tyson. Susan Sarandon and Spike Lee are feeling the Bern. Celebrities have long had an active voice in promoting their favorite candidates during America’s presidential elections and this year is no different. Hardly a week goes by without a Hollywood star, a studio mogul or a celebrity throwing a lavish fundraiser for their favorite politician or party, where plunking down $50,000 to schmooze with a candidate is common. Clinton has also won endorsements from director Steven Spielberg, singers Barbra Streisand and Sting, and a slew of other A-listers, who together represent the fifth largest source of contribution for the former secretary of state. Sanders has also attracted a stable of celebrity backers such as actor Mark Ruffalo or director Michael Moore. Overall, celebrities have so far poured $27 million into the 2016 election cycle, with almost three-quarters of the money going to Democratic hopefuls, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, a Washington-based research group.



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