Entertainment figures from Tom Hanks to Berry Gordy to Steven Spielberg have collectively given more than $1 million to help finance Barack Obama’s inauguration.
According to the latest records made available on the Website of Obama’s inaugural committee, dozens of donors have chipped in up to $50,000 each to cover the event, and many are expected to get tickets to inaugural balls and other events in return.
The money is being used to finance parties and other activities not covered by the federal government, which picks up the tab for such things as the swearing-in ceremony and security. Obama’s team is capping individual contributions at $50,000, and not taking money from lobbyists or corporations.
Among the names on the list of contributors: William Morris Agency’s John Ferriter, $50,000; actress Debrah Farentino, $25,000; Jamie Foxx, $50,000; Gordy, $50,000; comedian Christopher Guest, $25,000; Hanks, $50,000; producer Lisa Henson, $50,000; DreamWorks’ Stacey Snider, $50,000; Spielberg, $50,000; Kate Capshaw, $50,000; writer-director Reginald Hudlin, $25,000; producer Gale Anne Hurd, $25,000; Magic Johnson, $25,000; producer Barry Josephson, $500; Jeffrey Katzenberg, $50,000; Marilyn Katzenberg, $50,000; producer Marta Kauffman, $50,000; producer Marcia Carsey, $50,000; CBS Viacom’s John Keane, $50,000; DreamWorks’ Katherine Kendrick, $25,000; producer James Lassiter, $50,000; Sharon Stone, $50,000; Agrama Films’ Vilma Thomas, $25,000; producer Paula Weinstein, $10,000; Leslie and Robert Zemeckis, $50,000; Clarence Avant, $25,000; Halle Berry, $50,000; David Bohnett, $50,000; entertainment attorney Skip Brittenham, $50,000 and Mathe Music Group’s Marcia Withers, $25,000.
A number of figures were listed as bundlers of contributions up to $300,000. They include producer Wendy Wanderman, producer-writers Bonnie and Terry Turner, John Emerson, the Tennis Channel’s Ken Solomon, political consultant Andy Spahn, Marcia and Leo Carsey, Wild Brain CEO Charles Rivkin and music exec Nicole Avant.