For the past month, just $300 difference had separated Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton in money raised this election cycle from the entertainment industry — a difference that wouldn’t even get you a ticket to one of their fund raisers.
But the latest figures gathered by the Center for Responsive Politics show that Obama has opened a more significant lead — still slim — over Clinton in entertainment industry dollars.
Through the end of March, he collected $3,214,665 from the industry, to Clinton’s $3,114,988, according to the CRP. That is a difference of almost $100,000. John McCain was far behind, having raised $588,725.
Neither Obama or Clinton held a major Hollywood fund-raiser during the month, but Obama did receive contributions from Matt Damon and Jane Fonda.
The figures could change in the coming weeks as the CRP makes adjustments to its data.