US election: Hollywood's biggest donors and how much they are spending

Here are the top Hollywood backers in the election, the campaigns they're supporting, and how much they've given

From more than a million dollars in donations to a relatively meager few thousand, Hollywood A-listers are putting money forward to support their favorite presidential hopefuls in the 2016 election.

Hillary Clinton has raised the most money during the campaign, and this is especially true when it comes to power players in the entertainment world. Steven Spielberg and studio head Jeffrey Katzenberg have donated more than a million to support her run. But, as The New York Times points out, the upper echelon of donors in elections tends to include more people from finance and energy.

Business Insider has compiled reporting on contributions and searched the Federal Election Commission database to highlight the biggest donors from Hollywood in the current race. While not a comprehensive list — there are many smaller amounts coming from individuals in entertainment — it includes the largest known sums and focuses only on donations of $2,500 or more. The maximum an individual can contribute to a campaign in an election cycle is $2,700, but Business Insider also looked at larger contributions to super PACs.

Here are the top Hollywood backers in the election, the campaigns they're supporting, and how much they've given:


Steven Spielberg — $1,002,700 to Hillary Clinton

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Steven Spielberg

The director and cofounder of DreamWorks donated 1 million to Priorities USA Action, a super PAC that supports Clinton, and $2,700 to Clinton herself.


Jeffrey Katzenberg — $1,002,700 to Hillary Clinton

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Katzenberg donated 1 million to Priorities USA Action and $2,700 to Clinton herself.

The CEO of DreamWorks Animation donated 1 million to Priorities USA Action and $2,700 to Clinton herself.


JJ Abrams — $502,700 to Hillary Clinton

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JJ Abrams backs Hillary Clinton for president.

The director donated $500,000 to Priorities USA Action and $2,700 to Clinton herself.


Kelsey Grammer — $5,000 to Ben Carson and $5,000 to Rand Paul

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Kelsey Grammer is his role as corrupt Chicago Mayor Tom Kane in Boss

Kelsey Grammer — $5,000 to Ben Carson and $5,000 to Rand Paul


Beyoncé — $2,700 to Hillary Clinton

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Beyonce: Rock in Rio Festival on September 2013

Leonardo DiCaprio — $2,700 to Hillary Clinton

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Leonardo DiCaprio 

Kanye West — $2,700 to Hillary Clinton

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Kanye West supports Hillary Clinton's bid for the White House.

Danny DeVito — $2,700 to Martin O'Malley and $2,700 to Bernie Sanders

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US actor Danny DeVito

Tom Hanks — $2,700 to Hillary Clinton

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Tom Hanks.

Ben Affleck — $2,700 to Hillary Clinton

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Ben Affleck.

Bonnie Raitt (singer) — $2,700 to Bernie Sanders

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Bonnie Raitt

Katy Perry — $2,700 to Hillary Clinton

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Katy Perry.

Chuck Lorre (“Two and a Half Men” creator) — $2,700 to Hillary Clinton

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Chuck Lorre

Seth MacFarlane — $2,700 to Bernie Sanders

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Actor Seth MacFarlane.

Kate Hudson — $2,700 to Hillary Clinton

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Golden smile: Kate Hudson.

Jerry Bruckheimer (producer) — $2,700 to Jeb Bush

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Producer Jerry Bruckheimer.

Reese Witherspoon — $2,700 to Hillary Clinton

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Reese Witherspoon.

Ellen DeGeneres — $2,700 to Hillary Clinton

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Television host Ellen DeGeneres.

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