In the 2010 cycle, the “TV/Movies/Music” industry gave approximately $21 million to Democrats and $8.4 million to Republicans. In 2008, the industry gave $38.9 million to Democrats and $10.9 million to Republicans.
Besides the campaign cash, Hollywood offers another allure to lawmakers: glitz.
Whether it’s GOP pollster Frank Luntz’s “Capote-esque” Labor Day party or the Friends of Abe blowouts at a Ventura County farm in the 2000s, insiders cite a strong pull to mingle with the stars. Sinise, Jon Voight, Pat Boone, Tom Selleck and Kelsey Grammer are all part of the scene. And while that might not have the wattage of a Speilberg-Geffen soiree, it’s still a long way from the “blacklist” Chetwynd cited.
Former Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., candidate for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire, holds his hand over his heart during the singing of the national anthem as he waits to take the stage for his town hall campaign rally with Sen. John McCain at the Pinkerton Academy in Derry, N.H., on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014.