Monday, November 11, 2013

Hollywood Bundlers Line Up for Hillary

Hollywood is all abuzz about the upcoming 2016 presidential primary season, and the industry has some strategic plans to make certain that things play out a lot differently than they did in 2008. In that presidential election cycle, the entertainment community found itself deeply divided between Democratic candidates Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.

Back then David Geffen, Jeffrey Katzenberg, and Steven Spielberg, the three principals of DreamWorks who also happen to be Hollywood’s lead bundlers for Democratic candidates and causes, found themselves at odds with one another. Geffen and Katzenberg lined up behind candidate Obama. However, Spielberg refrained from choosing sides and instead forked over money to both Democratic candidates.

It was Geffen, though, who presented an early challenge for the Hillary Clinton campaign by speaking publicly of his misgivings concerning the Clintons. Despite having donated millions of dollars to Bill Clinton’s 1992 and 1996 presidential campaigns, Geffen voiced his opinions aloud in a 2007 interview with Maureen Dowd of the New York Times. [more...]

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