Three Highest-Paid Executives in Entertainment are Dem Donors

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Variety is out with its list of the highest paid CEOs in the entertainment industry. The top three on the list are all Democratic donors.

Sumner Redstone, executive chairman of CBS and Viacom, pulled in $93.4 million this past fiscal year. He refers to himself a "liberal Democrat" and has been an active donor to the party dating back to the 1970s.

Leslie Moonves came behind Redstone, making $66.9 million as the CEO of CBS. Moonves has not been a highly active political donor since the 1990s, when he contributed often and nearly exclusively to Democrats.

"I run a news division. I’ve given no money to any candidate," said Moonves, as he waited in line to get into a Los Angeles event where President Barack Obama spoke in front of a crowd celebrating his change of heart on gay marriage.

Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer pulled in $66.3 million, and is actively spending it in support of Democratic candidates this cycle.

Democrats in crucial Senate races across the country, including Alison Lundergan Grimes (Ky.), Kay Hagan (N.C.), and Jeanne Shaheen (N.H), have received financial support from Feltheimer. He has also made multiple donations to both President Obama and Hillary Clinton.

 

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