Hollywood’s biggest 2016 election donors and how much they’re spending

By Anjelica Oswald/Business Insider

From more than a million dollars in donations to a relatively meager few thousand, Hollywood A-listers are putting money forward to support their favorite presidential hopefuls in the 2016 election.

Hillary Clinton has raised the most money during the campaign, and this is especially true when it comes to power players in the entertainment world.

Steven Spielberg and studio head Jeffrey Katzenberg have donated more than a million to support her run. But, as The New York Times points out, the upper echelon of donors in elections tends to include more people from finance and energy.

Business Insider has compiled reporting on contributions and searched the Federal Election Commission database to highlight the biggest donors from Hollywood in the current race.

While not a comprehensive list — there are many smaller amounts coming from individuals in entertainment — it includes the largest known sums and focuses only on donations of $2,500 or more.

The maximum an individual can contribute to a campaign in an election cycle is $2,700, but Business Insider also looked at larger contributions to super PACs.

Here are the top Hollywood backers in the election, the campaigns they’re supporting, and how much they’ve given:

Steven Spielberg — $1,002,700 to Hillary Clinton


Jeffrey Katzenberg — $1,002,700 to Hillary Clinton


JJ Abrams — $502,700 to Hillary Clinton


Kelsey Grammer — $5,000 to Ben Carson and $5,000 to Rand Paul


Beyoncé — $2,700 to Hillary Clinton


Beyonce (AP photo)

Beyonce (AP photo)

Leonardo DiCaprio — $2,700 to Hillary Clinton


Kanye West — $2,700 to Hillary Clinton


Danny DeVito — $2,700 to Martin O’Malley and $2,700 to Bernie Sanders


Tom Hanks — $2,700 to Hillary Clinton


Ben Affleck — $2,700 to Hillary Clinton


Ben Affleck (AP photo)

Ben Affleck (AP photo)

Bonnie Raitt — $2,700 to Bernie Sanders


Katy Perry — $2,700 to Hillary Clinton


Chuck Lorre (“Two and a Half Men” creator) — $2,700 to Hillary Clinton


Seth MacFarlane — $2,700 to Bernie Sanders


Seth MacFarlane (AP photo)

Seth MacFarlane (AP photo)

Kate Hudson — $2,700 to Hillary Clinton


Jerry Bruckheimer — $2,700 to Jeb Bush


Ellen DeGeneres — $2,700 to Hillary Clinton


Reese Witherspoon — $2,700 to Hillary Clinton


Reese Witherspoon (AP photo)

Reese Witherspoon (AP photo)



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