Entertainment Stars Shower Cory Booker with Contributions
Posted at 5:36 p.m. on Oct. 4, 2013
Entertainment stars Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, and Oprah Winfrey helped U.S. Senate candidate Cory Booker, D-N.J., raise $2.85 million in contributions during August and September.
Newark Mayor Cory Booker is running in a special general election on October 16th for the U.S. Senate seat formerly held by the late Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., who died in June. Booker is the heavy favorite against Republican Steve Lonegan.
The Cory Booker for Senate committee reported receipts of $2,852,907 and disbursements of $4,279,282 from 7/25 to 9/26, leaving $2,632,115 cash on hand as of 9/25. For the election so far, Booker has raised over $11 million and spent $8.8 million.
The committee raised $219,470 in small contributions of $200 or less. The committee raised $2.1 million from those giving more than $200. PACs and other political committees gave $225,275.
Individual donors included actor/writer/director/producer Ben Affleck; SSG Film Corp. actor Matt Damon and Luciana Damon; IAC/Interactive Corp. chairman Barry Diller; R&B soul music singer/songwriter Kenny Gamble; actressJennifer Garner; DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg; DreamWorks Studios partner Steven Spielberg; artist Kate Capshaw Spielberg; actress/singer Barbra Streisand; Harpo Inc. CEO Oprah Winfrey; writer Laurel Durst; and writer Michael Chabon.
Other donors included Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer; Yucaipa Companies president Ron Burkle; Justin Beeber (not the Canadian pop musician but a trader at Paulson & Co. Inc.); Clinton fundraising strategist Harold Ickes (partner, Iskes & Enright Group); Equidex chairman James C. Hormel; Mother of Pearl Capital CEO Rotem Perlmutter; PVH Corp. designer Thomas J. Hilfinger; Peterson Management chairman Peter G. Peterson; NBA Commissioner David Stern; Evercore banker Roger C. Altman; Tudor Investment Corporation co-chairman Paul Tudor Jones II; DVF Studio founder Diane von Furstenberg; retired Edgar M. Bronfman; New York Giants chairman Steven Tisch; California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom; Zagat chairman Eugene H. Zagat Jr; and RLJ Company chairman Robert L. Johnson; among others.