Democrats may be facing a rout on Nov. 2, in part fueled by the much talked about “enthusiasm gap,” but the entertainment industry is showering money on the party and candidates.
In fact, the amount that movie, TV and music sources have given to Democrats is surpassing even 2006, the cycle that the party took control of the Senate and the House.
According to the Center for Responsive Politics, show biz sources have given $15.69 million so far this cycle, more than the $15.68 million raised in all of the 2006 cycle. The data for this year will increase because it is based on reports through Sept. 30, and October has seen an aggressive spurt of last-minute fund-raising in Los Angeles from candidates across the country.
A spokesman for CRP said that more data is being collected and will be updated this week.
But doubtful that showbiz giving to the GOP will match the last midterm, even with supporters more visible and energized. Industry sources have given $5.9 million so far in the cycle, compared to $8.7 million in all of 2006. This could be because more donors have given to Tea Party and independent groups, rather than the Republican National Committee or the official party.