Hollywood stars back Udall, while the organizations that matter back Gardner

If Hollywood elites like Barbara Streisand and and Steven Spielberg decided elections, then their fundraising dollars for Sen. Udall would matter. However, legitimate backers, like the energy and natural resource sectors, have openly supported Cory Gardner.

Mark Stricherz --- The Colorado Observer 

WASHINGTON — Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg, and Barbra Streisand topped the list of liberal Hollywood legends donating money to Colorado Democratic Sen. Mark Udall in the last reporting period.

Spielberg, who has directed such classics as “Jaws” and “E.T.,” and his wife each gave the maximum contribution of $2,600. Katzenberg, who founded DreamWorks with Spielberg, also gave the maximum donation.

Streisand, the darling of the liberal left, limited her contribution to $1,000, according to the latest finance reports of campaign fundraising activity from April 1 to June 30.

Udall’s success at raising money from Hollywood luminaries helped give him a fundraising advantage over his Republican challenger Rep. Cory Gardner. Udall has raised more than $13 million for the closely contested race with just under $6 million left in the bank.

Udall’s supporters are mostly from out of state — 58 percent of his contributors were located in New York, California, Virginia and other states.

Comparatively, 70 percent of Gardner’s campaign contributions were from donors living in Colorado, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

Gardner got a late start in the campaign announcing his intentions in late February, but has raised nearly $5 million with more than $3 million cash on hand from business and political supporters, including more than $300,000 from the oil and gas industry.

Former Vice President Dan Quayle and his wife, Marilyn, each cut a $2,600 check, and Romney for President, Inc., contributed $2,000 to Gardner.

Legendary stock investor Charles Schwab maxed out with $2,600, and six members of the DeVos family that owns the Amway Corporation each contributed the maximum $2,600.

Russ Choma, a reporter for the Center for Responsive Politics, said A-list liberal and conservative donors are taking the outcome of Colorado’s Senate race seriously.

“These are iconic names. It says something how important each side thinks this race is. They are kind of campaign finance royalty,” Choma said.

Udall has collected nearly $2 million from political action committees (PACs), the largest contributions coming from the single-issue or ideological sectors, while Gardner raised just over $1 million, largely from the energy and natural resources sector.

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