From Finance to Hollywood, Donors Give to Trump Challengers

(Bloomberg) -- Much attention has been given to the importance of small-dollar donors to the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates. Many of the candidates, too, boast that they’re not interested in money from corporate political action committees.

Turns out, thousands of high-dollar contributors have had no trouble getting their checks -- often for the $2,800 primary-election maximum -- cashed. They include celebrities as well as others with top posts in finance, media, technology, sports and entertainment.

Movie mogul and longtime political donor Jeffrey Katzenberg is among them. While many donors prefer to wait for the historically crowded field of Democratic candidates to fully form and eventually shrink, Katzenberg has decided not to choose. He’s instead spreading his money around by giving $2,800 to three White House hopefuls: senators Kamala Harris of California, Cory Booker of New Jersey and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York.

From Finance to Hollywood, Donors Give to Trump Challengers

These are among the many details found in the first-quarter Federal Election Commission disclosures filed this week by the 2020 presidential candidates.

The filings do show a dearth of major financial-industry donors in the first quarter. That probably reflects this year’s crop of Democratic presidential candidates wanting to keep Wall Street, possibly more so than other corporate special interests, at arm’s length.

From Finance to Hollywood, Donors Give to Trump Challengers

But that hasn’t stopped Booker from taking $2,800 from Orin Kramer, a hedge-fund manager and major check-bundler for numerous Democrats in the past. Kramer was an early supporter of Barack Obama in 2008.

Anna Wintour seems to have taken an early shine to former Texas Congressman Beto O’Rourke, who has received $2,800 from the Vogue editor-in-chief. And actress Reese Witherspoon maxed out to Gillibrand.

From Finance to Hollywood, Donors Give to Trump Challengers

More below from FEC disclosures and Bloomberg research on some of those who have given $2,800 for the primary campaign.

First NameLast NameOccupationEmployerCityStateCandidate
JoshuaBekensteinCo-chairmanBain CapitalWaylandMAHickenlooper
JonBongioviMusicianSelf employedRumsonNJBooker
A. StevenCrownGeneral partnerHenry Crown & Co.ChicagoILBooker
JeffreyKatzenbergCo-founderDreamWorksLos AngelesCAHarris
JeffreyKatzenbergCo-founderDreamWorksLos AngelesCABooker
JeffreyKatzenbergCo-founderDreamWorksLos AngelesCAGillibrand
OrinKramerManaging partnerBoston ProvidentEnglewoodNJBooker
MarcLasryCEOAvenue CapitalNew YorkNYGillibrand
ScottMillsPresidentBET NetworksNew YorkNYHarris
JamesMurdochFormer CEO21st Century FoxNew YorkNYButtigieg
PhilMurphyGovernorState of New JerseyRed BankNJBooker
ThomasNidesVice ChairmanMorgan StanleyNew YorkNYKlobuchar
MarkPincusFounderZynga Inc.San FranciscoCAKlobuchar
StevenRattnerChairman & CEOWillett Advisors LLCNew YorkNYHickenlooper
SusanSarandonActorSilly Goose ProductionsLancasterPASanders
EricSchmidtFormer chairmanGoogleMountain ViewCABooker
DanSchulmanPresident & CEOPayPal Holdings Inc.Palo AltoCABooker
StaceySherFilm/TV ProducerSelf employedSherman OaksCAHarris
JaySnyderPrincipalHBJ InvestmentsNew YorkNYBooker
JaySnyderPrincipalHBJ InvestmentsNew YorkNYO’Rourke
JaySnyderPrincipalHBJ InvestmentsNew YorkNYGillibrand
JerrySpringerFormer TV hostNBC UniversalSarasotaFLHarris
AlexanderStamosFormer chief security officerFacebook, Inc.San CarlosCAHarris
JeremyStoppelmanCEOYelp Inc.San FranciscoCAWarren
S. DonaldSussmanFounderPaloma PartnersFort LauderdaleFLBooker
WilliamVrattosCo-chief investment officerYork Capital ManagementNew YorkNYGillibrand
DanaWaldenChairmanDisney Television Studios and ABC EntertainmentLos AngelesCAKlobuchar
EmmaWattsVice ChairmanTwentieth Century Fox FilmSanta MonicaCAHarris
BoazWeinsteinChief Investment OfficerSaba CapitalNew YorkNYBooker
BoazWeinsteinChief Investment OfficerSaba CapitalNew YorkNYGillibrand
ZygiWilfOwnerMinnesota VikingsSpringfieldNJKlobuchar
AnnaWintourEditor in chiefVogueNew YorkNYO’Rourke
ReeseWitherspoonActorSelf employedLos AngelesCAGillibrand

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