Late Donations From Notable Figures Flow Into Massachusetts

Posted January 19, 2010 at 12:17pm

Sports figures, Hollywood stars and Members of Congress are abundant in the rosters of last-minute contributors to Martha Coakley (D) and Scott Brown (R) ahead of today’s Senate special election in Massachusetts.According to a Roll Call analysis of the most recent 48-hour campaign finance reports, Brown has the momentum. His campaign faxed a 67-page report on Friday and a 72-page report on Sunday. Coakley’s campaign filed a 25-page report on Saturday, a 26-page report on Sunday and an 11-page report on Monday.Coakley’s notable contributors in the past few days included actor Sam Waterston, who plays Manhattan district attorney Jack McCoy on the NBC’s “Law and Order,— and Tom Werner, the chairman of the Boston Red Sox (who apparently didn’t take offense after Coakley needled Brown for shaking hands in the cold outside Fenway Park).Brown’s last-minute donors included Gary Sinise, who plays detective Mac Taylor on the CBS’s “CSI: NY,— and Drew Bledsoe, the former quarterback for the New England Patriots, who play their games in Massachusetts.Here are some notable recent donors to Coakley:• Sam Waterston, actor: $1,000 on Jan. 14• Tom Werner, chairman of the Boston Red Sox: $2,000 on Jan. 14• David Geffen, producer: $2,400• Dee Dee Myers, former press secretary to Bill Clinton: $1,000 on Jan. 15• Sharon Stone, actress: $1,000 on Jan. 15• Don Henley, musician: $4,800 on Jan. 16• AmeriPAC, the leadership political action committee of House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.): $5,000 on Jan. 15• CHRIS PAC, the leadership PAC of Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.): $5,000 on Jan. 16Here are some notable recent donors to Brown:• Gary Sinise, actor: $1,000 on Jan. 14• Drew Bledsoe, former quarterback for the New England Patriots: $2,400 on Jan. 15• Christopher DeMuth, former president of the American Enterprise Institute: $1,000 on Jan. 16• Ken Mehlman, former campaign manager to George W. Bush: $1,000 on Jan. 15• Rick Lazio, former Congressman from New York and a 2010 candidate for governor: $1,000 on Jan. 14• Freedom Project, the leadership PAC of House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio): $5,000 on Jan. 14• Senate Majority Fund, the leadership PAC of Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.): $5,000 on Jan. 15• Heartland Values PAC, the leadership PAC of Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.): $5,000 on Jan. 14