Barbra Streisand, Mary Tyler Moore and
Stephen King have a financial stake in Maine’s high-profile U.S.
Senate race. So do Phil Lesh, who’s a founding member of the
Grateful Dead, and Don McLean of ":American Pie": fame.
Contributors to the campaigns of Democrat Tom Allen and
Republican Susan Collins include a lot of big names. The combined
campaigns also involve big money, more than $8 million so far.
Mary Tyler Moore gave $2,000 to Collins. Both women are linked
diabetes causes. Allen took in $1,000 from Streisand, a longtime
donor to liberal causes, and $4,600 each from Stephen and Tabitha
King. Phil Lesh and Don McLean are also Allen supporters.
Two-term Senator Collins took a share of Hollywood money with
$2,000 from Jerry Bruckheimer, producer of ":Top Gun": and the
":Pirates of the Caribbean": trilogy. She also got $250 from Lois
Chiles, who had a role in the 1979 James Bond film ":Moonraker.":
The senator got $2,000 from artist Jamie Wyeth.
Collins has raised about $30,000 through individual
contributions from executives of Navy shipbuilder Bath Iron Works
and parent company General Dynamics, along with $6,000 from a
political action committee funded by General Dynamics employees.
Allen got $10,000 from a political action committee of BIW’s