three members of the THR 100 list donated to the GOP: 'Saturday Night
Live' creator Lorne Michaels, WarnerMedia CEO John Stankey and Viacom
CEO Bob Bakish.
has always been a reliable source of contributions to Democratic Party
politicians and organizations, but perhaps never so more than the 2018
the more than $4 million in federal donations made by the top Hollywood
executives and entertainers, 99.7 percent went to Democrats and
Democratic-leaning political action committees or organizations,
according to a Hollywood
Reporter data review of Federal Election
three members of this year's THR 100
list donated to Republicans or Republican
Night Live creator Lorne Michaels donated $5,000 to moderate
Republican Sen. Susan Collins; WarnerMedia CEO John Stankey gave $2,000
to both Tennessee Republican Senate candidate Marsha Blackburn and
the National Republican Congressional Committee; and Viacom CEO Bob
Bakish gave $1,500 to Republican Georgia Sen. Johnny Isakson and
$1,000 to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
biggest Hollywood donations went almost all to Democrats. The Senate
Majority PAC was the primary recipient, with HBO host Bill Maher ($1
million), Netflix CEO Reed Hastings ($500,000) and Endeavor executives
Ari Emanuel ($100,000) and Patrick Whitesell ($100,000) making major
donation we receive is critical to help us ensure victory come Election
Day," said Senate Majority PAC president J.B. Poersch.
agency management gave consistently and generously to Democrats. After
Whitesell ($147,400 in total donations) and Emanuel ($120,400 in
donations), CAA Managing Partner Bryan Lourd paced the field ($106,300
in donations), followed by ICM Partners Managing Director Chris
Silbermann ($54,700) and CAA Managing Partner Kevin Huvane
have been among Hollywood's most prolific donors, including Steve
Spielberg ($549,000) and J.J. Abrams ($347,500).
executives also made their presence felt, led by chief executive Reed
Hastings, who has made 14 donations totaling $546,600.
donor base has gotten younger and more diverse,
veteran executive Jeffrey Katzenberg more than doubled the donation
total of any member of the THR 100, giving $1,116,300 so far.
recipients of Hollywood's largesse, embattled Missouri Democratic
Sen. Claire McCaskill has brought in $627,051 from
to individual executives, entertainment company political action
committees generally strive for partisan balance. The 21st Century Fox
PAC, for example, has given $80,500 to Democrats competing for House
seats and $80,000 to Republicans competing for House seats. For Senate
races, the PAC has given $66,675 to Democrats and $44,000 to
full executive donation list tallied by THR can
be viewed below: