Hollywood and Silicon Valley both love dumping money into presidential election contests. Each on their own side of the aisle, of course.
President Barack Obama has received multiple $5,000 campaign contributions -- the maximum allowed by a single donor into a campaign war chest -- from Hollywood actors, directors, and even famous airline pilot Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger. That's part of $13.7 million Obama has received from California donors, more than all of his GOP would-be competitors combined.
The small $5,000 gives are petty cash compared to the boatloads of bills Romney's Super PAC -- the independent committee not limited by contribution caps -- has received from business tycoons, according to the San Jose Mercury News.
The Romney Super PAC received $2.3 million from California's private equity sector, including $200,000 from Richard Boyce, a former partner in Romney's old firm Bain Capital, and $100,000 from Andrew Puzder, CEO of CKE Restaurants, which owns Carl's Jr. and Hardee's.
Marc Andreessen, founder of Netscape; Carol Bartz, former CEO of Yahoo; and Ann Livermore, a former Hewlett-Packard executive vice president who now sits on the company's board have all donated generously to Romney, according to reports.