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.
James Jones, communications director for DC Vote, tapes a "DC Constituents Service Day" sign on the wall as he stands with other DC residents outside of Rep. Andy Harris's office on Capitol Hill to protest Harris' actions against D.C.'s marijuana laws on Thursday, July 24, 2014. DC Vote encouraged DC residents to bring their complaints about city services to the Maryland congressman.