White, Black or Female: What Really Drives Voters

17 09 2008

Somebody turned me onto a site that reports all campaign contributions over $200 since 1977. Of particular interest to me was something called the “2008 A-List Donor Chart.”

Check out these selected entries of celebrities and other famous people who have financially supported the three presidential front-runners this year. See if you can find any themes in each list.

John McCain Supporters:

Donald Trump
August Busch III (chairman, Anheuser-Busch)
Pete Coors (chairman, Coors Brewing Co.)
David Dorman (chairman, AT&T)
Clint Eastwood
Steve Forbes
Richard Fuld (chairman, Lehman Brothers)
Edward Hanway (chairman, CIGNA)
William Harrison (chairman, JP Morgan Chase)
Ivan Seidenberg (chairman, Verizon)

Barack Obama Supporters:

Taye Diggs
Jamie Foxx
Cuba Gooding, Jr.
Samuel L. Jackson
Magic Johnson
Michael Jordan
Cedric the Entertainer
Spike Lee
Bernie Mac
Eddie Murphy
Chris Rock
Denzel Washington
Marlon Wayans

Hillary Clinton Supporters:

Gloria Allred
Candice Bergen
Christie Brinkley
Fran Drescher
Sally Field
Jane Fonda
Jodie Foster
Debra Messing
Bette Midler
Rosie O’Donnell
Rachel Ray
Nancy Sinatra
Martha Stewart
Elizabeth Taylor
Renee Zellweger

Apparently we just talk about things like issues and ethics. When it’s time to start coughing up money to the candidates, at least as far as the celebrities are concerned, they’re only asking three basic questions, and they have nothing to do with the issues:

  • “Is he rich, old, and white like me?”
  • “Is he black, suave and savvy like me?”
  • “Is she a ball-busting, white feminist like me?”

It’s an unsurprising, but nonetheless sad, commentary on the shallowness of our society.

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8 responses

18 09 2008
Terri

Very interesting..

18 09 2008
Aunty Penn

Wonder who gave Ron Paul money…..other than us.

Rob says: Probably people who liked him as Gandalf in the “Lord of the Rings” films. Oh, wait. That’s not the same guy?

18 09 2008
Janna

Well I WAS going to vote for… wait. no. I wasn’t. This election gives me a headache.

18 09 2008
Aunty Penn

No. You’re thinking of Obi Ron Kenobi.

18 09 2008
Aunty Penn

I’m with Janna. Pass the vodka.

18 09 2008
Emily Straw

You have probably already seen this video, but I really got a kick out of it:

http://www.nbc.com/Saturday_Night_Live/video/clips/palin-hillary-open/656281/

Love you cuz!

19 09 2008
Mom2

Well you would expect to find August Busch III on the list – he’s practically family – with Mrs. McCain’s family anyway.

19 09 2008
Mom2

and look at all the celebs the Dems have – oh brother!

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