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