Melissa Gilbert Runs For Congress


Funded by Hollywood Stars, including Alec Baldwin, Rosie O’Donnell

DETROIT FREE PRESS:   “Little House on the Prairie” star Melissa Gilbert continues to rely on Hollywood stars to help fund her race for a Michigan seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

In a finance report filed Sunday, Gilbert’s campaign noted donations from “Friends” actor Matthew Perry and “Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane, who each gave $5,400; actor Michael Douglas, who contributed $3,500; and screenwriter-producer Aaron Sorkin, who donated $1,000 to her race.

Other entertainment luminaries who gave to Gilbert, a former president of the Screen Actors Guild running to unseat first-term U.S. Rep. Mike Bishop, R-Rochester, included singer Clay Aiken ($1,000), director Sam Raimi ($1,500) and singer Arlo Guthrie ($500) among others.

In the previous reporting period, the Free Press noted thousands of dollars in contributions from other entertainment figures including Alec Baldwin, Rosie O’Donnell and Kiefer Sutherland.

Gilbert, who lives in Brighton and moved to Livingston County in 2013 with her husband, actor Timothy Busfield, is running as a Democrat in the Republican-leaning district, which Bishop, a former state senator, won in 2014 after former U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Howell, stepped down.

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