Bette Midler Among Obama’s Top 10 Musical Supporters

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10 Musicians Who Have Given Big to Obama and Democrats
You know about Jay-Z and Beyonce, but here’s 8 others who are backing Obama and the Democrats
By SETH CLINE
September 21, 2012

President Obama with music stars Jay-Z and Beyonce at a fundraiser the couple hosted for the president’s re-election campaign.

In the process of taking control of the money race, President Obama has had several high-profile supporters, some of whom made it to the Democratic National Convention earlier this month. Obama’s superstar support came to the forefront this week when the first couple of entertainment, Jay-Z and Beyonce, hosted Obama and the First Lady for a pricey fundraiser in New York City.

“To Bey and Jay, thank you for your friendship,” Obama said to the event’s hosts.

In light of the high-powered friendship, here’s a list of 10 of the President’s most famous musical supporters.

Jay-Z ”“ The rap mogul hasn’t contributed to Obama directly, but recently hosted a $40,000-per-person fundraiser that generated around $4 million for the president. There’s also the use of his 40-40 nightclub for the night, an in-kind contribution worth thousands on its own.

Jay-Z Backstage at Barack Obama Staff Party
Jay-Z Backstage at Barack Obama Staff Party (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Beyonce Knowles ”“ Like Jay, Bey hasn’t’ contributed but bundled $4 million for the president via their recent fundraiser.

Beyoncé Knowles performing "Listen" ...
Beyoncé Knowles performing “Listen” during “The Beyoncé Experience” in Munich, Germany. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Fiona Apple ”“ The indie songstress, who was recently arrested for hash possession, has given $500 to President Obama this year.

Fiona Apple
Cover of Fiona Apple

Gwen Stefani ”“ No Doubt front-woman gave the president the $5,000 maximum last month.

Gwen Stefani
Cover of Gwen Stefani

 

will.i.am ”“ The Black Eyed Peas rapper has given Obama the $5,000 maximum (to candidates) and the Democratic Party the $61,600 maximum (to national parties).

English: will.i.am, member of music group Blac...
English: will.i.am, member of music group Black Eyed Peas. Les Black Eyed Peas en concert privé au VIP Room Paris. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

John Legend ”“ Soulful R&B singer has given the Democrats $25,000 this cycle.

John Legend
Cover of John Legend

James Taylor ”“ Folk singer has given the Democrats the $30,800 maximum this cycle.

James Taylor
James Taylor (Photo credit: Raios de Luz – Gláucia Góes)

Questlove – The drummer for rap band The Roots, the house band for Jimmy Fallon’s talk show, has given Obama the $5,000 maximum and the party $1,000 this cycle.

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Cover of ?uestlove

Bette MidlerThe actress and diva has given the maximum $5,000 to Obama and $30,800 to the Democratic Party this cycle.

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Miro Brothers Scan 

Randy Newman ”“ The singer-songwriter and film score composer has given $7,000 to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee this cycle, and recently released a song decrying racism in those who oppose President Obama.

Randy Newman
Randy Newman (Photo credit: judy h)

Jason Mraz ”“ Singer-songwriter has contributed $500 to Obama this cycle.

Jason Mraz at Campo Pequeno, March 19, 2009
Jason Mraz at Campo Pequeno, March 19, 2009 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

*All data comes from the Center for Responsive Politics.

Seth Cline is a reporter with U.S. News and World Report. Contact him at scline@usnews.com or on Twitter.

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