Traditionally, Democratic candidates could always count on Hollywood’s elite to provide a large source of campaign funding. That’s still true, of course, and that’s part of the reason Barack Obama is headed out to the West Coast for a fund-raising swing. (Obama got $9.2 million from such donors in the last election cycle.) But he’s also there for the other big font of West Coast cash that’s bubbled up in recent years — tech money. The problem, reports the Times, is that Hollywood and Silicon Valley aren’t getting along so well these days, thanks to SOPA. And Hollywood is angry at Obama for not supporting the anti-piracy legislation, which Google and other tech giants opposed in a very big way. It’s more than just hurt feelings; it’s translating into emptier campaign coffers.
Christopher J. Dodd, the president of the Motion Picture Association of America, created a stir — and ruffled White House feathers — just after the drubbing last month when he threatened to turn off the spigot, saying in an interview with Fox News: “Those who count on quote Hollywood for support need to understand that this industry is watching very carefully who’s going to stand up for them.” The White House acknowledged privately that his comment was not received warmly.
But, as if to prove Mr. Dodd’s point, the Center for Responsive Politics reports that money for Mr. Obama from Hollywood was down last year, coming in at just $1.2 million, compared with $2.8 million during the same period in 2008.