2008 Democratic Candidates Tap Hollywood Cash

Danny DeVito and his wife, Rhea Perlman, who played the role of Carla on "Cheers," both gave Clinton $2,300 in the second quarter, as did "The Nanny" actress Fran Drescher and television actress Joely Fisher. Actress Lily Tomlin gave Clinton $2,000, and civil rights activist and actress Ruby Dee gave Clinton $250.

In the first quarter, Clinton received money from Candace Bergen, Chevy Chase, Mary Steenburgen, Christine Lahti, Kate Capshaw and Jamie Gertz, among others.

Michael Douglas, Val Kilmer Give to Richardson

New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson got a Hollywood boost in the second-quarter. Richardson, who has yet to beat the top three candidates — Obama, Clinton and Edwards — in poll numbers or fundraising cash, attracted A-list actor Michael Douglas, who gave an additional $3,100 in the second quarter, maxing out this year at $4,600 for the governor.

Actress and singer Bette Midler of the movie "Beaches" also maxed out, giving Richardson $4,600 in the second quarter. Perhaps Midler, a comedian, appreciated Richardson's humorous, self-deprecating "job interview" TV ads, spotlighting his long resume.

Other Hollywood types giving $2,300 each to Richardson in the second quarter include actor Edward James Olmos, actor Val Kilmer, as well as Newman, Spielberg and Capshaw and former studio head Sherry Lansing. Writer and producer James L. Brooks and actress Jodie Foster each gave Richardson $1,000.

Model Christie Brinkley and "Just Shoot Me" actress Wendie Malick each donated $500 to Richardson's campaign.

Edwards, Dodd, Kucinich Not Forgotten by the Stars

Celebrities donating to Edwards in the second quarter included Oliver Stone, the Oscar-winning director of "Platoon," who gave $500.

Actress Mary Steenburgen, who gave Clinton $4,600 in the first quarter, gave Edwards $2,300 in the second quarter. Ben Stiller also gave $4,600 to Edwards in the second quarter and "Desperate Housewives" actor James Denton contributed $2,300.

Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd received $1,000 from "3rd Rock From the Sun" actor John Lithgow.

The campaign of long-shot Democratic candidate Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, received $1,600 from actress Shelley Morrison, who played Rosario on the television sitcom "Will and Grace." "Baywatch" actress Alexandra Paul donated $1,300 to Kucinich, and longtime "Days of Our Lives" soap opera actress Deirdre Hall gave $1,000.

Hollywood Surprises on Candidate Donor Lists

Long-shot Democratic candidate Mike Gravel, the former Alaska senator, appears to have a fan in movie actor Mark Ruffalo, who has starred in various Hollywood films including "Just Like Heaven," with actress Reese Witherspoon and "13 Going on 30," with actress Jennifer Garner.

Ruffalo gave Gravel $700 in the second quarter, which brings his total campaign donation to $900 for Gravel.

Ruffalo may be a fan of Gravel's unorthodox campaign videos, posted to YouTube. In one video, Gravel does some acting of his own, staring silently into the camera and throwing a large rock into a pond. Gravel has explained the video ad is "a metaphor" for his campaign, depicting the ripple effect of what one citizen can do to effect change.

Among some of the more surprising household names on the second-quarter candidate donor lists was Marla Maples, best known as the ex-wife of real estate tycoon Donald Trump, who gave Clinton $1,000 in both the first and the second quarters.

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