Despite Record Spending, Hollywood Liberals Don’t Feel Confident in Midterm Blue Wave

Actress and comedian Amy Schumer joins a march against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh from the Supreme Court to the Hart Senate Office Building in Washington. (Photo by Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP/REX/Shutterstock)
Actress and comedian Amy Schumer joins a march against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh from the Supreme Court to the Hart Senate Office Building in Washington. (Photo by Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP/REX/Shutterstock)

In money, time, and attention, Hollywood figures treat this midterm election like no other recent non-presidential year.

Showbiz already has showered more money on federal candidates and committees than any previous midterm, so far giving more than $42 million to federal candidates and committees, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

On Thursday, Oprah Winfrey campaigned for Stacey Abrams, seeking to become the first African-American woman elected governor, in Georgia. Jimmy Kimmel, Natalie Portman, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mark Ruffalo, and Cecily Strong are among those who will be at rallies, phone banking, or on the campaign trail. Content creators have produced a flood of celebrity get-out-the-vote videos, and on Monday night, Judd Apatow and Julia Louis-Dreyfus are among the celebrities taking part in the streamed Telethon for America to urge citizens to cast ballots.

Most of the anticipation lies in the Democrats’ fight to retake the House and/or the Senate — a prospect that garners lopsided support within the industry. Democrats have drawn about 81% of the money that those in the entertainment industry have contributed to federal candidates, according to CRP.

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SOURCE: TED JOHNSON
Variety