Advertisement

Morgan Freeman donates $1 million to pro-Obama 'super PAC'

July 19, 2012|By Matea Gold
  • Morgan Freeman arrives for the European premiere of 'The Dark Knight Rises' at Leicester Square in London. The actor just donated one million dollars to a pro-Obama "super PAC."
Morgan Freeman arrives for the European premiere of 'The Dark Knight… (Facundo Arrizabalaga /…)

Looks like Morgan Freeman has a new million-dollar baby.

The Oscar-winning actor contributed $1 million last month to Priorities USA Action, the "super PAC" backing President Obama, helping lift the group to its best fundraising month yet.

In all, Priorities USA Action pulled in $6 million in June.Its biggest donation came from Irwin Jacobs, former director ofQualcomm Inc., who, along with his wife, Joan, gave the group $2 million.

Freeman urged others to follow his lead with their own donations, saying the money was needed to combat the financial resources of Obama’s opponents.

"President Obama has done a remarkable job in terrible circumstances," he said in a statement. "He has ended combat operations in Iraq, put in place sensible reforms of Wall Street, saved the auto industry and protected the healthcare of every American with a preexisting condition. He has recognized the full equality of all our brothers and sisters and placed impressive, accomplished women on the Supreme Court. In return for this he is being targeted by hundreds of millions of dollars in special-interest money. I for one am proud to lend my voice - and support - to those who defend him."

Paul Begala, a senior advisor to Priorities USA Action, called Freeman "a national treasure" and said the group was "honored that he has lent his powerful voice to our cause."

Freeman joins a relatively small cadre of high-profile Hollywood figures who have contributed to the pro-Obama super PAC, including director Steven Spielberg, comedian Chelsea Handler, producer/writerJ.J. Abrams and producer Jeffrey Katzenberg, who helped start the group last year with $2 million.

matea.gold@latimes.com

Advertisement
Los Angeles Times Articles
|
|
|