[UPDATES: See also: pop edition and politics edition for other amusing finds. And you folks have taken Don Martin STRAIGHT TO THE TOP OF THE CHARTS, for which I thank you.]
By law for nearly 30 years, the Federal Election Commission keeps records on every individual political donation of $200 or more. I had some down time during a research project, and started entering in names as they came to mind. Here are a few dozen that amused, baffled, delighted and/or shocked me, in the order that I thought of them:
Hey, Big Spenda! Yet another reason to love Groening: As soon as he started making serious money off THE SIMPSONS, he started regularly pouring some into progressive causes and candidates.
I had always known that, as decent and solid a man as he was, Sparky generally supported Republicans anyway. What surprised me is that he backed the oldest of "old man" candidates; McCain in 2000 and Dick Gephardt in 1988. At least there's no Reagan or Bush on his record.
"The Man" is true blue, but it's curious that he didn't start donating until late in the '94 election.
The DC poobah gives regularly to the company's PACs, but I was a little surprised to see his candidate donations being blue. Aren't VPs of megacorps supposed to give Red in return for government contracts and assorted kickbacks?
Wow. My favorite political cartoonist supported .... Bill Clinton in 1992. Again, wow!
He's all blue, which isn't surprising, but his record goes all the way back to the year the FEC started keeping records so it's fascinating to chart his support over the years.
The Dark Horse publisher supported a local Dem.
You can probably guess how Blue the DOONESBURY guy is. It's interesting to see some of the candidates he's supported in the primaries, though.
Frank loves Bubba. I'm surprised that he hasn't shaken out his wallet for some big strong authoritarian politicians in this post-9/11 world, though.
I'm surprised that Eisner didn't donate more often, considering his personal and professional background.
I'm disappointed to not find a lot more wingnut PAC donations and candidates.
No, not that Steve Ditko, this one is an Arizona advertising guy -- really, if comics and illustration were real businesses, these kinds of confusions would be avoided; this guy would be Steve middleinitial Ditko on the books, like the Actors/Directors Guild does -- but I'm 95% sure this is a relative of The Steve Ditko. Correct hometown and all.
Woooo, our first Red wall! At least he gives locally.
What I said about Johnny Hart.
Artie loves George Soros' band of anti-American maniacs. I was a little offended that he didn't get his own entry -- surely he's high-profile enough for the NewsMeat people to give him a little extra work.
This one made me the happiest of all of the dozens of searches I ran. FLOORGATOOGA!