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DreamWorks CEO Gives Millions to Obama

DreamWorks CEO Gives Millions to Obama

If you have kids – or just like watching kids’ movies – you’re no doubt familiar with DreamWorks Animation. It’s the studio behind hits like “Shrek,” “Kung Fu Panda,” “Madagascar,” “How to Train Your Dragon” and more. What you might not know is that Jeffrey Katzenberg, the CEO of DreamWorks, has donated $2 million of his own money to help fund Obama‘s reelection, and has helped raise $15 million more.

Katzenberg is better known for his charity work – most recently, his efforts to raise $350 million for the Motion Picture & Television Fund, a nonprofit which supports entertainment industry workers as they reach old age or encounter financial difficulties.

But Katzenberg keeps quieter about his political donations, avoiding media attention and declining interviews on the subject. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, he’s given more than $3.5 million to various Democrats since 1979.

Doubtless, there are parents who might be hesitant to take their children to the movies if they knew it could be indirectly funding politicians they disagree with. But left-leaning parents might just see it as another reason to hit the box office. What do you think?

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9:54AM PST on Feb 5, 2013

Wow.

10:54PM PDT on May 27, 2012

Thank you Dreamworks.

2:24PM PDT on May 22, 2012

thank you M.G. ......

I would add the reversal of the NDAA that puts people in prison indefinitely for a very vague definition of terrorist, and terrorist supporter.

2:24PM PDT on May 22, 2012

thank you M.G. ......

I would add the reversal of the NDAA that puts people in prison indefinitely for a very vague definition of terrorist, and terrorist supporter.

2:24PM PDT on May 22, 2012

thank you M.G. ......

I would add the reversal of the NDAA that puts people in prison indefinitely for a very vague definition of terrorist, and terrorist supporter.

2:08PM PDT on May 22, 2012

thank you M.G. ......

I would add the reversal of the NDAA that puts people in prison indefinitely for a very vague definition of terrorist, and terrorist supporter.

12:20PM PDT on May 22, 2012

Creative people tend to be liberal and progressive. Dull, unoriginal people tend to be conservative and regressive:

Low IQ & Conservative Beliefs Linked to Prejudice | Racism, Bias ...
http://www.livescience.com/18132-intelligence-social-conservatism-racism.html

11:29AM PDT on May 22, 2012

Kudos and a Green Star to Jeffrey Katzenberg.

11:20AM PDT on May 22, 2012

What he choses to do with his own money is no one else's business. My boyfriend is an animator, and I would never even consider NOT seeing a well made animated movie because of the personal choices of the CEO. He's not the only one making the movie magic, and making living doing it. The animated movies/shows themselves aren't political, they're entertaining.

11:09AM PDT on May 22, 2012

Koch brothers are setting aside HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS for superpac advertizements against Obama, for just this one year and you have no problem with that....... but this guy gives the democrats collectively about 3.5 million over 33 years and HE is buying elections???? kool-aid overdose

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