| LOS ANGELES
LOS ANGELES Singer-actress Barbra Streisand,
one of Hollywood's leading Democratic activists and donors,
said on Tuesday she was endorsing the presidential bid of
Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton.
Streisand, a longtime supporter of the New York senator's
husband, former President Bill Clinton, is the latest show
business luminary to back Clinton's White House run, following
directors Steven Spielberg and Rob Reiner.
"Madame President of the United States ... it's an
extraordinary thought," Streisand, 65, said in a statement
released by Clinton's campaign. "Hillary Clinton has already
proven to a generation of women that there are no limits for
Clinton campaign spokesman Ken Sunshine said that while
Streisand, an Oscar winner for her film debut in the 1968
musical "Funny Girl," has contributed to virtually every
Democratic presidential contender dating back to the 1960s, she
has rarely singled out a primary candidate to support.
Her endorsement of Clinton comes a day after another
entertainment heavyweight, TV talk show host Oprah Winfrey,
announced plans to join one of Clinton's leading rivals,
Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, on the campaign trail.
Winfrey, who has already helped raise about $3 million for
Obama, said she wants to drum up support for his White House
bid in early voting states.
Clinton is lagging behind Obama in Iowa but leading the
field of Democratic candidates in national polls.
Hollywood has long played a leading role as a source of
cash for Democrats seeking national office, with many wealthy
donors routinely giving money to multiple candidates.
The movie, TV and music industries gave a combined $33.1
million to federal candidates during the 2004 election cycle,
mostly to Democrats, according to the nonprofit Center for
So far this year, Obama maintains a slight edge over
Clinton in money raised from the entertainment sector,
collecting more than $2.2 million through October 29, according
to the center's Web site, opensecrets.org.
Clinton was No. 2 with just over $2.1 million in show