Actress Gwyneth Paltrow, a Hollywood elitist and, by Liberal definition, part of the evil one percent who do not pay their fair share, will be hosting a fundraiser for President Barack Obama at her swanky Los Angeles home, Thursday.
This is more proof that Barack Obama is a truly great President; between playing golf and hobnobbing with his ultra-wealthy friends, he still manages to find the time to masquerade as leader of the free world.
The dinner, organized by the Democratic National Convention (DNC), has a ticket price of between $1,000 and $32,000. Also on the menu, according to an article in The Hollywood Reporter – which appears to have since been taken down – is a photograph, which bumps the $1,000 price of the ticket up to $15,000 and a co-host greeting and personalized invitation, which takes the price to $32,000.
In June, President Obama attended a fundraiser for the DNC, hosted by Shonda Rhimes, the creator of the TV series Scandal. In 2011, Paltrow hosted a fundraiser for the President’s re-election campaign at an exclusive club in London, England. Reportedly, tickets for that event were sold for $7,500.
The DNC relies on the financial backing of many Hollywood A-listers, such as Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Nicolas Cage, Director James Cameron and Barbra Streisand, to name a few. Not everyone in the movie capitol of the world is a Liberal, however; Among those who would describe themselves, variously, as Republicans, Conservatives or Libertarians are Sylvester Stallone, Stephen Baldwin – brother of Mister Anger Management himself, Alec – producer Jerry Bruckheimer, Clint Eastwood, James Caan, Dennis Hopper, Rob Schneider and Adam Sandler.
Numerous other Democrats have benefited from the deep pockets of Hollywood elites: Alison Lundergan Grimes, who is challenging Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell, is reported to have raked in more than $100,000 dollars from big-name movie industry people, including James Cameron, Leonardo DiCaprio, Ben Affleck, Jack Black and Cameron Diaz – none of whom are friends of the coal industry, which is vital to the state’s economy. Then again, neither is Grimes herself, whose campaign staff were recently filmed talking about how she will dismantle the industry, given the chance.
Gwyneth Paltrow is a long-time donor to the Democratic Party, she gave money to Al Gore, when he ran for the Presidency in 2000 and to John Kerry, when he ran in 2004. She has also donated to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. She is no fire-brand, however, when it comes pushing the Liberal agenda.
On the acting side, Los Angeles native Paltrow boasts an impressive body of work, having appeared in more than 40 movies since 1989, including Malice, Great Expectations, Shallow Hal, Contagion and all three films in the Iron Man series. She also has one Director credit for the short comedy film Dealbreaker.
With midterm elections now just weeks away, both the Democrats and the Republicans are scrambling to keep the money rolling in. In a recent appeal, the DNC claimed “Since we do not take money from special interest, corporate lobbyists, and political action committees, we must rely on dedicated Democrats like you.” The Democrats, of course – like the Republican Party – do take money from numerous political action committees and corporate lobbyists. Presumably, they have chosen to ignore the fact that unions, by definition, are special interest groups. Obama also took donations to his first Presidential campaign from founders of so-called “green energy” companies which then received federal loan guarantees, before going out of business. Case in point: Solyndra.
Gwyneth Paltrow will not be the last Hollywood elitist to host fundraisers for Obama and the DNC, during the coming weeks. The Irony of the ultra-rich raising money for the party that pretends to despise the ultra-rich would be highly amusing, were it not such a tragic example of misplaced loyalty.
Opinion by Graham J Noble