The entertainment industry is doing its part to get President Obama re-elected, according to a new report from the Center for Responsive Politics, as media-related donations account for $2.53 million, or 6.5%, of the campaign’s contributions through June, and the Los Angeles metro area — home to Hollywood — is tops nationwide in support, with residents donating $5.18 million (followed by New York City at $5.12 million.) According to the CRP’s OpenSecrets blog, top donors include the employees of Comcast, CAA, DreamWorks and Disney, who all participated in those big fund-raisers in Los Angeles that cost $35,800 to attend ($5,000 goes to the Obama campaign, the rest to the Democratic National Committee) but cost the rest of us traffic headaches in Century City.
Comcast, based in Philadelphia but owners of NBCUniversal, lead all companies in all sectors in employee donations with $199,850; Comcast VP David Cohen and CEO Brian Roberts have hosted Obama events recently, the latter at Roberts’ Martha’s Vineyard summer home last week. CAA is fifth overall at $111,900, DreamWorks is eighth at $107,400 and Sony is 11th at $95,900. Disney employees are 15th, Time Warner 16th, News Corp 19th and the City of Los Angeles is 20th. In all, Obama raised $39 million during the first six months of 2011.