Politics

Ossoff Not Getting Much Cash From Liberal Hollywood

Celebrity supporters include Jane Fonda and Wonder Woman

Georgia Democrat Jon Ossoff poses for a selfie with campaign volunteers as they head out to canvass the 6th District on Monday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Republicans have tried painting Georgia Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff as a “darling of out-of-touch Hollywood celebrities,” but that’s largely an exaggeration, according to his latest campaign finance reports.

His Federal Election Commission filings show most celebrities who gave to the Democratic front-runner in Tuesday’s 6th District special election are not big-name Hollywood donors.

Among some of the celebrities who have given to Ossoff are comedian Andy Daly, who has given a total of $500, and soap opera star Anthony Geary, who was reported as giving $335 in total.

Other actors such as Jon Cryer of “Two and a Half Men” donated $1,000; Sam Waterson of “Law & Order” fame donated $950. John Leguizamo gave $550, and “Nashville” star Connie Britton gave $500.

And Lynda Carter, famous for her title role in the 1970s TV series Wonder Woman, donated $450.

Incidentally, actors Alyssa Milano and Christopher Gorham, who recently drove people to early voting sites for Ossoff in a highly publicized campaign, had not donated to his campaign as of March 29.

Two donations that will make conservatives salivate and fume: Rosie O'Donnell, noted antagonist to President Donald Trump, gave $1,000; and Jane Fonda, a longtime target of conservative ire for her activism against the Vietnam War, gave $2,000. 

Fonda has ties to Georgia. She previously lived in Atlanta and her eponymous foundation is headquartered there. 

Eighteen candidates are running in Tuesday’s open primary to succeed former Rep. Tom Price, now Health and Human Services secretary. If no candidate crosses the 50 percent mark, the top two vote-getters, regardless of party, will advance to a June runoff. 

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