I’ve stumbled upon an interesting site called Newsmeat. It’s a search engine for political campaign contributions.
Evidently if you contribute more than $200 to a campaign or a PAC... that’s public information.
The first name I searched for was my own. (Sure enough, my business is in the street.)
Then, for fun, I decided to look up a couple of my old bosses. Like David E. Kelly, creator of “Picket Fences” and “Ally McBeal” and other hit TV shows.
Guess what? David E. Kelley contributed $2,300 to Barack Obama on December 6, 2007. That’s the maximum individual donation allowed for a primary campaign.
Good on you, DEK!
Next: David Milch, my used-to-be mentor, the co-creator of “NYPD Blue” and creator of “Deadwood.”
Wow... Milch also gave $2,300 to the Obama campaign on January 11, 2008.
How about some black celebrities? Are they giving to Obama as well?
Jamie Foxx maxed out with a $2,300 donation to Obama last June.
Will Smith maxed out for him last May.
Branford Marsalis maxed out for Obama last March.
Sidney Poitier maxed out for him in September.
Tyra Banks? She, too, gave Barack Obama the full $2,300 last June.
Halle Berry maxed out for him last May.
Jeffrey Wright, one of my favorite actors, hasn’t maxed out... but he gave the Obama campaign $2,050 last September.
So who hasn’t kicked in?
Stevie Wonder. Nothing. (Although Stevie gave $1,000 to the Jesse Jackson campaign in 1984.)
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Also nothing. The only politician Kareem ever gave money to, apparently, was fellow basketball star Bill Bradley ($1,000 in 1999).
Speaking of the NBA, did you know Karl Malone was a Republican? He donated $4,000 to Bush-Cheney in 2003 and another $4,000 to the Republican National Committee in 2004. And in 2006 Malone gave $5,000 to the Commonwealth PAC, a Republican fundraising group.
Newsmeat rocks. Have fun with it. Look up your favorite celebrities.
Here’s one I was curious about: Bill Maher. Can you guess which Democratic candidate he gave $1,000 to last December?
(I’ll post the answer in the comments section.)
Oh, and here’s something else interesting... the Rev. Jeremiah Wright. It seems Rev. Wright has contributed nothing to Obama’s presidential campaign... though he did donate $1,000 for his 2003 Senate race.