Republican Support Builds in Hollywood, Funding Not So Much
Tinseltown has never been known as a bastion of Republican support — but according to sources for The Wrap, this has more to do with fear of retribution than sheer numbers.
"There are lot more than people think," movie producer Frank DeMartini told The Wrap. "It used to be about 80-20, Democrat. Now, I’d say it’s closer to 60-40. A majority of Republicans in Hollywood are hiding under rocks."
Screenwriter Lionel Chetwynd, a vocal Republican, adds, "A lot of people just say they’re liberals because it’s good for their career.”
So it comes as no surprise that Hollywood Republicans typically don’t put their money where their political beliefs are, since campaign contributions become public information. Former Cheers showrunner Rob Long says, “For Democrats Hollywood is like an ATM machine. For Republicans, there’s no system in place.”
Mitt Romney, the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination, has received donations from several notable Hollywood Republicans, including Lionsgate Vice Chairman Michael Burns, former Metro Goldwyn Mayer chief Harry Sloan, former Yahoo! and Warner Bros. head Terry Semel, and Apprentice host Donald Trump, per The Wrap.
Other big-name Hollywood conservatives — Gary Sinise, Jerry Bruckheimer, Jon Voight, Drew Carey, Kelsey Grammer, Wayne Newton, Dean Cain, and Chuck Norris — have yet to make contributions, though several have endorsed potential candidates.
For his part, Obama has picked up $1.2 million from supporters in the movie industry so far. However, that amount pales in comparison to the $2.8 million he’d received from Hollywood by this point in his 2008 bid for the White House.
Red or blue, the entertainment biz just isn’t in the giving spirit.