Previous posts have discussed the political leanings of the entertainment industry. The Center for Responsive Politics reports on the contribution patterns of Academy Award nominees:
Of the 51 actors, directors and producers nominated for the top six categories (Best Actor/Actress, Best Supporting Actor/Actress, Best Director and Best Picture), 25 nominees or their spouses have contributed to a political candidate or committee since 1990. Most supported Obama either in 2008 or 2012, or both. And in Congress, Oscar nominees tended to play favorites with Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.),Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) and Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.).
The only Republican contributions from the crowd of Oscar nominee-political donors -- since 1990 -- also came from Spielberg, but they're practically ancient. He gave Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter and Rudy Svorinich, a Republican on the Los Angeles City Council, $1,000 each in the 1998 election, and sent another $2,000 to Specter in 2004. He followed up with a $2,400 check to Specter after he switched parties to become a Democrat.