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Harris’ Hollywood haul: Donors include Ben Affleck, Elizabeth Banks, Wanda Sykes

Sen. Kamala Harris has made an effort to court donors in Hollywood for years while holding statewide office in California. | Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Hollywood donors are flocking to Kamala Harris.

Actors and actresses who wrote checks to the Harris campaign during the first three months of the year included Ben Affleck, who gave $ 2,800; Elizabeth Banks, who donated $ 5,600; Eva Longoria Baston, who donated $ 5,400; Alison Pill, who donated $ 360; Wanda Sykes, who donated $ 500; Lily Tomlin, who donated $ 525; and America Ferrera, who donated $ 250.

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Filmmakers and studio executives were similarly supportive of Harris’ presidential bid: Filmmakers J.J. Abrams and Lee Daniels wrote Harris checks of $ 2,800 and $ 2,700, respectively. Hollywood fundraiser Jeffrey Katzenberg gave $ 2,800 to Harris, and former Fox Television Group Chairman Gary Newman gave $ 2,700.

Harris did not garner a herd of Hollywood supporters by accident. She has made an effort to court donors in Hollywood for years while holding statewide office in California, as well as during the early months of her presidential bid.

She stopped in Los Angeles in February for events with David Cooley, CEO and founder of the nightclub Abbey, and Jeff Shell, chairman of Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, then in March for another event hosted by actress Katie McGrath and Abrams.

Harris raised $ 13.2 million as of the beginning of April, the second-largest fundraising haul of any candidate in the race. Of those funds, $ 1.2 million was money she transferred from her Senate campaign account.

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