Posted at 09:28 AM ET, 07/19/2012

Morgan Freeman gives $1 million to pro-Obama super PAC Priorities Action USA

Actor Morgan Freeman donated $1 million to pro-Obama super PAC Priorities Action USA in June, PAC officials said Thursday morning.
Actor Morgan Freeman arrives for the European premiere of his latest film 'The Dark Knight Rises' in London's Leicester Square on July 18, 2012. (MAX NASH - AFP/GETTY IMAGES)

Freeman issued a statement urging others to donate to help the Obama campaign combat spending by conservative groups.

“Pres. Obama has done a remarkable job in historically difficult circumstances. He ended combat operations in Iraq, put in place sensible reforms of Wall Street, saved the auto industry and protected the health care of every American. He has led our nation to be more tolerant and placed impressive, accomplished women on the Supreme Court. In return, he is the target of hundreds of millions of dollars from right-wing sources. I am proud to lend my voice - and support - to those who defend him. Priorities USA Action is doing a great job of protecting the values I believe in. I am happy to help them and I hope others will join me.”

Priorities Action USA announced last week that it raised $6.1 million in June.

Freeman, whose newest film “The Dark Knight Rises,”opens Friday, shared one of his own political objectives in a recent Newsweek interview. Banning marijuana use is “just the stupidest law possible,” he said.

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