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Silicon Valley, Hollywood Shower Cash on Obama, Romney

Both President Barack Obama and his would-be challenger Mitt Romney received millions from Californians.



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    It takes a bank account of millions to hold him back.

    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.