Nicolas Cage Donated $1,000 to Andrew Yang and Other Adventures in Celebrity Campaign Contributions

Anna Merlan and Molly Osberg
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Our election season is entirely, brutally too long—one of the many idiotic things about our country. Another bad thing is the virtually unchecked role of money in politics. You know what’s fun, though? Looking up celebrities in the Federal Election Commission database and judging them based on whose presidential campaign they’re choosing to support. While the Daily Dot has a very thorough roundup of which famous rich people are bafflingly into Pete Buttigieg, there are a few more notables worth pointing out for each campaign.

This list will be updated as we crawl deeper into the hell that is the 2020 election cycle.


Bill de Blasio

FEC data shows Steve Buscemi donated $2,800 to the de Blasio 2020 campaign, a campaign that should—and will—sink to the bottom of the ocean very soon. The two appear to be buds, or at least have probably run into each other at the Park Slope YMCA.

Buscemi appears to be the only actor donating to de Blasio’s campaign. Sounds right!


Kamala Harris

Reese Witherspoon donated $2,250. Jon Hamm donated $1,000. Chris Rock gave her $2,800. Important Berkeley Novelist Michael Chabon gave her $2,700. Busy Phillips gave her $2,000.


Kirsten Gillibrand

Reese Witherspoon, who appears to be playing the field for the time being, has also given $2,800 to Gillibrand’s campaign. (Interestingly, Witherspoon is one of a handful of actors who list themselves in FEC data as “entertainer,” not “actor,” making her a bit harder to find.) Rachel Dratch donated $500.


Elizabeth Warren

Amanda Palmer donated $500 to Warren, only four years after accidentally murdering the entire Jezebel staff.


Beto O’Rourke

Bob Odenkirk donated $1,500. Maybe it’s an allegiance of men with “B” names or he just genuinely likes candidates with no clear vision or policy agenda.


Bernie Sanders

Danny DeVito donated $2,700 to Sanders. Susan Sarandon donated $2,800. Someone named Austin Hargrave also donated $54 to Sanders, and I mention this because, upon googling Hargrave, I learned that he goes by “PeanutButterGamer” and has 2 million YouTube subscribers. Do not get old, like me.


Andrew Yang

Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo is in the Yang Gang, having given him $1,000. So is Netflix hearthrob teen and Person I Definitely Didn’t Just Have to Google Noah Centineo, who gave Yang $2,700 total. And of course—inevitably, delightfully—Nicolas Cage gave him $1,000.

Tulsi Gabbard

Susan Sarandon has donated $500 to Gabbard (as well as her larger donation to Sanders, above.) James Adomian, a comedian who does a convincing Jesse Ventura and a convincing Bernie Sanders, gave $500.


Pete Buttigieg

Buttigieg is extremely beloved by celebs, per TMZ, including: John Stamos, Gwyneth Paltrow, Anna Wintour, Sarah Silverman, Ted Danson, Sharon Stone, and George Takei. FEC records show Chaz Bono has also donated $100.


Cory Booker

Jon Bon Jovi has given Booker $5,600 total, and also hosted a fundraiser for him in March. Kevin Bacon gave him $2,800. Rosario Dawson, who is evidently dating the man, gave him $500. That feels exquisitely rude and I respect it, honestly.


Steve Bullock

I know — who? Steve Bullock is the governor of Montana and I mention him here only because Jeff Bridges gave him $500.00 in June through ActBlue.


Donald Trump

Our current president is, for some reason, sparsely represented among actors and entertainers hoping to part with their money. But a comedian named Chonda Pierce gave him $75. Mazel!


Against all odds Serious Writer Man Michael Chabon lives in a delightful craftsman in Berkeley, not Brooklyn. Best of luck to him repping literary dreams for the West Coast; Jezebel regrets the error.

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