Hollywood denizens hate, hate hate the role money plays in politics.
Yet these same folks are virtually silent when it comes to Hillary Clinton’s pay-to-play shenanigans via her foundation.
Crickets is more like it.
We recently learned even more unsettling details of how The Clinton Foundation operated, above and beyond what author Peter Schweizer revealed in “Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich.”
On Monday of this week, ABC’s Liz Kreutzer reminded people of that statement, as a new batch of emails reveal that there was a connection, and it was cash. As the emails, recovered by the public-interest law firm Judicial Watch, demonstrate, people who made donations to the Clinton Foundation got preferential treatment, and access, at the State Department when Hillary was Secretary of State:
The “little guy.”
The “man on the street”
The working class Joe or Jane
None of them can keep up with those kinds of dollar figures. They get left behind, and their voices aren’t heard.
That’s exactly the argument proffered by some of the biggest stars over the past decade. Consider the following examples of celebrities who once spoke out forcefully against the role money plays in modern politics.
“Whether you are on the right or the left, everyone can agree that there are a lot of outside influences in American politics that are not good for the system. There’s just too much money.”
That was comic actor Zach Galifianakis opining on politics during the press push for his 2012 comedy “The Campaign.” That entire film was one long poke in the eye to modern politics, down to a not-so-veiled attack on the Koch brothers.
Mega star George Clooney is no fan of the brothers Koch, either.
“I think there is a difference between the Koch brothers and us,” he said. He pointed to the contrasting tax policies between the parties. The ones he and other Democratic donors support “would probably cost us a lot of money” while “the Koch brothers would probably profit if they get their way.”
And that’s how Clooney sleeps at night in between hosting fundraisers for liberal politicians.
Legendary singer Graham Nash put it bluntly when the topic of money and politics came up a few years ago.
“I think the ability to buy a democracy is a terrible, terrible thing.”
Sarah Silverman, after pushing people to vote for Barack Obama via the “Big Schlep” video, following up with a clip mocking money’s Beltway presence. She made an indecent proposal to millionaire Sheldon Adelson to steer his cash in the “right” direction.
“If you give that $100 million to Obama instead of Romney, I will — well, I won’t have sex with you because we’re not married and I am a nice girl,” Silverman says in the video before naming a sex act that includes keeping her clothes on.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt of “Inception” fame is a big supporter of the Mayday campaign. What’s that, you ask? Here’s the big font explainer on the official web site: “Help us reduce the influence of money in politics.”
George Takei is another Mayday activist when he’s not crafting viral videos to promote progressive ideals.
Alec Baldwin went so far as to endorse Sen. Dick Durbin’s “Fair Elections Now Act,”
Why? Let him tell it:
“Here in Washington, those with money and access to money get attention and results from politicians, and average Americans are left to live with the consequences.”
He’s right. And Clinton’s foundation imbroglio epitomizes what these stars are talking about. Big money influencing public policy. It’s flat-out ugly.
So have they chimed up about it yet? Are they pushing out videos excoriating her for her actions? Do they drop attacks on her activities during their standard press tours?
Instead, they’re rallying to her side.
Just recently, Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel hosted a lavish fundraiser for Clinton’s campaign. They even found the time to pose for a few Instagram-friendly pictures.
It’s hardly Hollywood’s only attempt to boost her electoral chances. Last month’s Democratic National Convention looked more like an A-list jamboree. Late night talkers have abandoned all sense of balance in rushing to her side.
And more is certainly to come between now and Nov. 8.
Maybe if Donald Trump gets elected the assembled stars will start talking up the evils of money in politics again.
For now, they’ve grown silent on the issue. And it’s no wonder why.