Spielberg, Katzenberg Produce Blockbuster Contributions to Pro-Obama PAC

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Producer Jeffrey Katzenberg, left, and director Steven Spielberg arrive at the America's Democratic Legacy Award Gala in this file photo.

Movie director Steven Spielberg and Jeffrey Katzenberg, CEO of Dreamworks Animation SKG Inc., were among the million-dollar donors last month to Priorities USA Action, the super-PAC founded by former aides to President Barack Obama.

Katzenberg gave $2 million to the super-PAC last year, helping it to get off the ground, and Spielberg earlier contributed $100,000. Spielberg’s studio gave $2 million to the host committee that helped put on the Democratic National Convention last month in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Priorities USA Action also took in $2 million last month from Newsweb Corp. CEO Fred Eychaner and $1.5 million from Renaissance Technologies Corp. chairman James H. Simons, according to a filing today with the Federal Election Commission.

The super-PAC also received $1 million from lawyer David Boies, the lead counsel for then-Vice President Al Gore in the U.S. Supreme Court case that gave the 2000 presidential election to George W. Bush. The United Auto Workers union also contributed $1 million.

Other donors included Slimfast Foods founder S. Daniel Abraham ($1.2 million); Rob Walton ($300,000), the chairman of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and the oldest son of its late founder, Sam Walton; Evan Williams ($250,000), the founder of Twitter Inc.; and Matt Groening ($50,000), the creator of The Simpsons television series.

Priorities USA Action has raised $50.9 million since the beginning of 2011, less than one-half of the $111.5 million taken in by Restore Our Future, a super-PAC helping Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

Priorities USA Action, which has attacked Romney’s background as a private-equity executive, began October with $7.3 million in the bank.

Greg Giroux contributed to this post

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