MALIBU, Calif. (February 5, 2007) — Barbra Streisand likes what she sees in the Democratic race for the presidency, so much so that she’s giving money to three candidates.
Streisand, a friend and supporter of former President Clinton, has previously made contributions to the successful U.S. Senate campaigns of Clinton’s wife, Hillary. This time, the actress said in a statement released Monday, she’s giving money not only to the New York senator but to former Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina and Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois.
“I’m very excited about the strength of the Democratic field for the 2008 presidential election, and I’m looking forward to a lively and healthy primary debate that discusses the key issues facing this country,” Streisand wrote.
Her publicist, Dick Guttman, said the statement was released in response to news media inquiries about her favorites in the 2008 primaries.
“Because I want to see the front-runners have the financial backing they need to be competitive during this process, I’ve decided to make the maximum allowable primary donation to Hillary Clinton, John Edwards and Barack Obama,” Streisand said in the statement, adding, “As the conversation continues, I may make contributions to other candidates as well.”
The maximum amount she can contribute to each candidate is $2,300 for the primary, then she can give another $2,300 if one of them becomes the presidential challenger.
When Bill Clinton was in the White House, he had an affectionate relationship with Hollywood and the good will transferred to Hillary Clinton in her Senate races. Streisand, Jennifer Lopez and Chris Rock were among those who donated to her Senate races in 2000 and 2006.