Wetterling has celebrity backing
The Bachmann campaign receipts have been analyzed quite a bit, with some shocking results, as this blog has detailed in the past. Not much has been said about those who are backing Wetterling. They include:
-former Vice President Walter Mondale ($200 donation)
-Susan Vento, political activist, current board member of the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation, and widow of the late U.S. Rep. Bruce Vento ($1,000 donation)
-Garrison Keillor, writer and host of the popular public-radio show "A Prairie Home Companion" ($500 donation)
-William C. Moyers--I thought it was THE Bill Moyers at first and got excited, but it's actually his son-- a Vice President at the Hazelden Foundation, which runs the world-famous Hazelden addiction-treatment facility. ($500 donation)
The right is also making a fuss over the fact that Wetterling received $10,000 from Al Franken's Midwest Values PAC. Ken Avidor at DB wrote a good rebuttal to the claim that "Hollywood values are not Sixth District values." I also like this quote from Larry David, star of the hilarious Curb Your Enthusiasm and creator of Seinfeld:
"It's better to get money from people in Hollywood than corporations," he said. "He's not beholden to anyone in Hollywood to do them favors by accepting their money."
Very true. Hollywood actors have their pet issues, and doubtless wield influence, but their donations have "less strings attached" than the corporations and the corporate PACs that give to politicians hoping to use their money to favorably influence legislation.