Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has quite a star-studded donor list. Entertainment donors in California have reportedly poured $5.5 million into the race for the 2016 presidency, with Clinton collecting $9 out of every $10 of those donations, totaling $5 million as of Sept. 30, the Los Angeles Times reported Friday.
High-profile stars who have contributed $5,400 -- the maximum amount allowed for personal donations for the primary and general elections -- include recording artists Kanye West and Usher. Small-screen starts Tyler Ferguson and Bryan Cranston also contributed the maximum amount, as well as Oscar winners Tom Hanks and Barbra Streisand.
Priorities USA, an independent group supporting Clinton that can accept unlimited donations, also collected $1 million apiece from studio tycoon Jeffrey Katzenberg, director Steven Spielberg and media mogul Haim Saban. Director J.J. Abrams forked over $500,000 to Priorities USA as well.
Clinton formed her strong connections with the star power of Hollywood back when her husband, Bill Clinton, courted media donors.
"She’s a dynamic, powerful woman who is deeply intelligent, so she had no problem in maintaining the affection and the support, even though she does not famously stay up until 1 a.m. to chat with people," said Donna Bojarsky, an L.A. Democratic consultant, the Los Angeles Times reported.
While Clinton is leading the Democratic party in overall donations, as well as donations from the entertainment industry, with $98 million, her rival Democratic candidate and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has stars on his donor roll as well, including singer Jackson Browne and director Adam McKay. Sanders has collected $42 million overall with $134,000 coming from Hollywood, and Democratic candidate and former governor of Maryland Martin O’Malley has raised $3.6 million total with $37,000 coming from California's entertainment industry.
While Clinton’s haul is far ahead of her competitors’, she reportedly heard from new donors only hours after Vice President Joe Biden announced Wednesday that he will not be running in the 2016 race, Politico reported.