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Stepping Up Against Prop 23: James Cameron

Up to now, Hollywood’s contribution to the No on 23 campaign, fighting a rollback in California’s global warming law, has been scant.

But director James Cameron chipped in $1 million on Friday.

Other recent contributors include Alan Horn, who contributed $25,000, and actor Bejamin Bratt, who chipped in $2,500.

The biggest benefactors so far have been Silicon Valley executives, environmental orgs and hedge fund manager Thomas Steyer. Google’s Sergey Brin contributed $200,000.

Proposition 23, funded heavily by oil companies, is opposed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who held a fund-raiser for the campaign against the proposition and starred in some of Cameron’s most popular movies, including “The Terminator.” Cameron has been an ever visible environmental activist, following up the release of “Avatar” with several visits in support of an indigenous tribe in the Amazon fighting government policy encroaching on their environment. He also has made several visits to Washington, pushing lawmakers to pass a comprehensive climate bill.

A spokesman for the No on 23 committee, Steve Maviglio, told the Sacramento Bee: “Mr. Cameron is not only a filmmaker with a conscience, whose environmentally themed Avatar rocked the world box office, but he is willing to put his money where his mouth is when it comes to this important fight for California jobs and our clean energy future.”

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