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Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 09/26/2012

Celebrity campaign contributions: How much did convention stars give the candidates?


Scarlett Johansson at the Democratic convention. (Jason Reed/Reuters)

Surprised when Scarlett Johansson, of all people, got a prime speaking role on the closing night of the Democratic National Convention? You shouldn’t have been. The young actress is a true believer who has written some big checks for the president’s reelection campaign: $14,000 last spring to the Obama Victory Fund.

Now, of course, that’s not Eva Longoria-style money. The former “Desperate Housewives” star, who also addressed the Democrats, has given $75,800 to various reelection funds over the past year in addition to raising hundreds of thousands more as a VIP bundler.


Clint Eastwood at the Republican convention. (Charles Dharapak/AP)
Do celebrity speakers have to pay-to-play? Apparently not: Federal Election Commission records show Kerry Washington, who preceded the other actresses on stage that night, has made no contributions since a $1,000 check to the DNC two years ago.

Nor are there any records of donations this cycle from Clint Eastwood — who, as you may recall, memorably opened for Mitt Romney at the Republican convention last month, not long after attending an Idaho fundraiser for him.


Kerry Washington at the convention. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)
A rep for Washington said she was busy working and unavailable for comment; Eastwood’s aide said he was on vacation and out of reach. As for the stars who made the scene at the convention halls without getting speaking roles — well, they were all over the map, too. Will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas gave $75,800 to Democratic election funds this year. But there was no record of 2012 contributions from Jessica Alba, who lent her name to a big Democratic super-PAC bash, nor Ashley Judd, a delegate from Tennessee. Similarly zilch from GOP gadfly Jon Voight .

Granted, the latest federal filings only cover contributions through the end of last month; some VIPs may have waited to open their wallets at fundraisers like the one Jay-Z and Beyonce hosted for Obama in NYC last week or Romney held in Beverly Hills over the weekend.

Or maybe if you’re a big celebrity, you figure your presence is present enough.

See also: 2012 Presidential Campaign Finance Explorer

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