Steve Lopez wrote a similar piece yesterday in his LA Times blog making fun of George Clooney's friends who raised $15 million for the Obama campaign at a party at Clooney's house last night. Although Lopez recognized that only a third of that money was contributed by wealthy Hollywood liberals, while the remainder came from small donors who contributed for the chance to attend the party, he still found it reprehensible that all this money was being shelled out for a political campaign, which at least gives the taint that these Hollywood liberals are buying an unfair amount of influence over the administration. Lopez finds it hypocritical that these big spenders are willing to pay so much to rub shoulders with Hollywood royalty, while they supposedly neglect worthy civic causes like libraries, rec centers and parks. (Do they really? So how come I keep seeing schools, hospitals and libraries with celebrity names plastered all over them?)
Anyway, what I want to tell Steve Lopez (what I did say actually in a comment on his piece) is that the best way to save the parks, the libraries and the rec centers is to make sure that Obama is re-elected. That means raising whatever it takes by any and all appropriate and legal means. There are some very powerful people on the other side who have no interest in parks, libraries and rec centers and they are contributing boatloads of money to Romney's cause. Obama needs to raise a lot of money to win. There is no avoiding that harsh reality. So it is not helpful to causes that Steve Lopez claims to support to make fun of Hollywood liberals for doing the right thing. Criticism such as Lopez is offering can only have the effect of discouraging liberal donors, while emboldening conservative donors. The people who contributed to this fundraiser have good intentions. The small donors know that they have little chance of going to the party, but contributed mainly because they want to help President Obama get re-elected. And most of the rich Hollywood liberals who attended have no need to brag about hobnobbing with George Clooney. They are stepping up to give serious amounts of money to the same worthy purpose. It might be fun to make fun of Hollywood phonies, but it's a cheap shot, and all that kind of criticism can do is assist the causes of selfishness and conservatism.
Hey Steve Lopez, don't rain on our parade!