The advertising campaign for the re-election of US President Biden was able to raise $15 million from Hollywood alone in the fourth quarter of last year, despite whispers of complaint and the lack of consensus among wealthy people in the most important city in the world’s film industry to support him.
The campaign had collected a total of $97 million, donated from all over the United States of America in the last three months of last year, according to the Hollywood Reporter magazine, after the fundraising parties included stars and major Hollywood figures in the city, including director Stephen Spielberg, who won two Oscars, director Shonda Rhimes, actor Jon Hamm, known for the series “Mad Men,” and the most famous actress and singer Barbra Streisand.
There is no alternative
The US presidential elections held in November represent a major crisis for the city of Hollywood, which is characterized by a liberal nature and tends to always choose a Democratic president.
The flow of money into Biden's presidential campaign indicates that the US president will not be worried – at least as far as Los Angeles is concerned – whether in the upcoming March 5 vote, or in the general elections expected in November.
The number of members of the Democratic Party, which Biden represents in the White House, is more than double the number of members of the Republican Party in the state of California, which Hollywood follows, and in the 2020 presidential elections, Biden received a percentage of 71% of the votes of the voters of Los Angeles County, which includes Hollywood.
With the exception of former Republican President Ronald Reagan, who assumed the presidency between 1981 and 1989, and ruled the state of California between 1967 and 1975, the popularity of the Republicans, represented by Trump in the upcoming presidential elections, was not to the extent that would threaten the popularity of any Democratic president in the city, and perhaps the most important reason. Therefore, the sympathy that pushed Ronald Reagan – at the time – to the White House was that he was an actor and president of the Screen Actors Guild in Hollywood.
River of money
Hollywood's importance lies not only in the number of votes a candidate receives, but in the influx of money into election campaigns, much of it from the entertainment and film industries.
The industry stands firmly with Biden, Jeffrey Katzenberg, founder of DreamWorks, tells The Hollywood Reporter. He adds: “The Hollywood community has known and supported President Biden for more than 40 years in every different election, but the risks this time are greater, because our democracy is in danger, and the choice is very simple between democracy or one-man rule.”
“There is a large group of entertainment industry workers who view President Biden as the first president to join the Hollywood strike,” confirms Zach Sokoloff, director of Radford Studio Center.
Support the strike
The campaign finance law allows individuals to donate up to $929,600 to Biden's re-election fund, and the number of individual donors from the city of Los Angeles has reached one million, according to federal tax records. Among the major donors, Casey Wasserman, Chairman and CEO of Wasserman Media Group, gave the maximum amount allowed by law, which is $929,600.
Jeffrey Katzenberg contributed an amount close to his previous amount, which was $889,600, and comedian Seth MacFarlane and television producer Marcy Carsey each exceeded $100,000.
Biden's solidarity with Michigan auto workers had raised his popularity in the city, as he linked the Hollywood strike to the auto workers' strike, and said: “I urge employers to remember that all workers – including writers, actors, and auto workers – deserve a fair share of the value they make.” Their work helped create it.”
Despite the declared rivalry between Trump and some Hollywood icons, he has some supporters, including James Woods, actor and executive producer of the movie “Oppenheimer,” actress and singer Taryn Manning, actor Dennis Quaid, and comedian Roseanne Barr. On the other hand, veteran star Robert De Niro does not leave an opportunity without criticizing him in a harsh manner. Sharp, as well as Meryl Streep, and others.