Joe Kearns Goodwin's Celebrity-Studded War Chest

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By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  September 5, 2012

A typical Massachusetts State Senate candidate raises around $70,000, according to the Office of Campaign and Political Finance (OCPF). But a typical candidate doesn't receive checks from Steven Spielberg and Bud Selig.

The Academy Award–winning director and commissioner of Major League Baseball were among some 600 contributors who filled the campaign coffers of Joe Kearns Goodwin, who has raised more than $215,000 in four months (and loaned his campaign $20,000 more) in hopes of winning the open third Middlesex seat.

That's what happens when your mother is Doris Kearns Goodwin, bestselling presidential historian.

Spielberg happens to be co-producing a movie — based on her book Team of Rivals — with Kathleen Kennedy, one of several members of that august family who also contributed.

Several other producers, writers, and directors also gave to the campaign, including documentarian Ken Burns, who featured the candidate's mother in his PBS mini-series about baseball. Also pitching in were several agents, publishers, editors, and writers.

Some who gave have been known to frequent the same TV-news green rooms as Kearns Goodwin mère, including Barack Obama political strategist David Axelrod, Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates, pundit David Gergen, and former Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell.

Heads of museums, colleges, and philanthropies also gave, as did a plethora of Harvard University professors and administrators.

In all, Joe Kearns Goodwin received contributions from 26 states and the District of Columbia. He outraised the other six candidates in the race (four Democrats and two Republicans) combined.

Now he just has to win.

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