Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke is raking in thousands of dollars from Hollywood celebrities in his bid to unseat incumbent Republican Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote The Hill’s Morning Report – Trump’s public standing sags after Floyd protests GOP senators introduce resolution opposing calls to defund the police MORE.
According to the 2018 Federal Election Commission filings, several heavyweight celebrities are throwing their money behind the Texas Democrat’s campaign, entertainment news website TMZ first reported.
Sarah Jessica Parker, Jimmy Kimmel and Rosie O’Donnell have each contributed $2,700 to O’Rourke’s campaign.
Comedian Chelsea Handler also tossed in a $2,500 donation and Chris Rock has contributed $1,000.
Rian Johnson, the director best known for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” and actors Tate Donovan and Connie Britton donated $5,400 each to the Democrat’s campaign.
David Koepp, the screenwriter behind “Jurassic Park” and “Mission: Impossible,” and Nicholas Kazan, the screenwriter behind “Matilda” and “Enough,” contributed $5,400 each.
And Margot Perot, the wife of Ross Perot, a Texas mogul and Independent who twice ran unsuccessfully for president, also made a $5,000 donation to the campaign.
Cruz has led throughout the race by various margins and Texas hasn’t elected a Democrat to the Senate in decades. But some polls have pointed to a close race, with an Emerson survey taken Oct. 28-30 finding Cruz with just a three-point lead.
Cruz has had larger leads in several other recent polls.
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