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Chefs Love Democrats? The Top 15 Chef Political Donations (w/slideshow)
The Braiser ^ | May 15, 2012 | Tina Nguyen

Posted on 05/15/2012 2:30:32 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

It’s a presidential election year, and the sexiest topic this cycle is campaign finance. With the national conversation tuned to Super PACs, the staggering income disparities between major donors and the rest of America, and Wolfgang Puck’s appearance at the $15 million Obama bash headlined by George Clooney, The Braiser wanted to know: how do celebrity chefs support political candidates? With fancy dinners? With non-connected joint expenditure committees? With hundred dollar bills baked into pies and delivered to campaign headquarters? We dug through the Federal Election Commission’s individual filings, as well as POLITICO’s old trash, to find the chefs who have donated the most to either party — either through individual donations, or via fundraising and bundling efforts. Here are the top 15 — though it’s worth noting that overall, the total amount donated by numbers 15 through 5 are obliterated by Nos. 4 through 1. Hooray for campaign finance laws!

(SLIDESHOW AT LINK)


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Food; Politics; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: democrats; food; obama; television
Mrs. 2ndDivisionVet tapes and watches The Chew and some other cooking shows, so I knew a bit about this. Mario Battali was going off on the GOP wanting to cut food stamps the other day. He's BFF's with Michelle.
1 posted on 05/15/2012 2:30:37 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Such a man knows NOTHING about food stamps. That’s just a coordinated excuse to go on an anti-republican rant on a non-news channel at election time


2 posted on 05/15/2012 2:34:42 PM PDT by chuck_the_tv_out
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Are these chefs feeding the homeless?


3 posted on 05/15/2012 2:43:47 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If you’re in show biz - and let’s face it, the restaurant biz is as close to show biz as you’re gonna get, you have to be a rat. It’s just not coooooooooool to be a Republican.

Mario Battali looks like a hog on ice!


4 posted on 05/15/2012 2:44:42 PM PDT by miss marmelstein
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To: miss marmelstein
Horse crap. I know plenty of chefs that hate big government and love liberty. Most are fed up with stupid and petty government crap regulations and harrasment. And also know what it takes to make a buck on a razor thin margin.

As far as being Republican... I'm not either. I won't vote for liberals, and that's all the GOP has put up at the top of the ticket for ages.

/johnny

5 posted on 05/15/2012 2:49:10 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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I should have said that I was talking about celebrity chefs. I thought that was obvious from the reference to Mario Battali et al. Do you really think cook Ina Garten and her beloved Jeffrey vote for Republicans or Conservatives?? Or the dreary and prim Alice Waters??

I wonder what Lidia's political persuasion is? She's been accused of keeping slaves.

6 posted on 05/15/2012 2:59:41 PM PDT by miss marmelstein
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Never heard of most of them. Rachael Ray is a porker as is Ina Garten. Only disappointment is Roy Yamaguchi, but not a shocker given this state’s neurosis.


7 posted on 05/15/2012 3:00:23 PM PDT by doorgunner69
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I always knew Bobby Flay was a Homobama lover. I hope his souffles fall.

The disappointment is Marcus Sammulsson.


8 posted on 05/15/2012 3:01:14 PM PDT by A message
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Aren’t a lot of chefs, gay?


9 posted on 05/15/2012 3:03:49 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

They have too. Moochelle and her food fetish has probably twisted many an arm in the Chicago Fashion. Thank G_d Guy Feiri isn’t on it yet.......... They rest are now off my watch list on the Food Channel. Sucks to be them....


10 posted on 05/15/2012 3:05:06 PM PDT by taildragger (( Palin / Mulally 2012 ))
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I am sick and tired of artsy craftsy restaurants, bars, shops and people. A restaurant should have sturdy tables with red checked table cloths, cook food on a grill, cast iron pans or over a wood fire. Southern, Western or Basque food is always good although a New England stew is okay brom time to time.

A bar should smell like stale beer and sweat. You should Stan or sit at an old wood bar backed by bottles, draft spigots and a fly specked mirror. A pool table is essential and a couple of moth eaten deer heads are good on the wall.

Shops should sell sensible dry goods or hardware.

People should be appropriate to the above businesses.


11 posted on 05/15/2012 3:10:05 PM PDT by JimSEA
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The 1% that is loved by all.
I would never set foot in their establishments.


12 posted on 05/15/2012 3:11:18 PM PDT by peteyd (A dog may bite you in the ass,but it will never stab you in the back.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The 1% that is loved by all.
I would never set foot in their establishments.


13 posted on 05/15/2012 3:11:30 PM PDT by peteyd (A dog may bite you in the ass,but it will never stab you in the back.)
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To: miss marmelstein
Wouldn't know about 'celebrity' chefs. I haven't owned a television in a decade. I have things to do with my time that are better than wasting it staring at programming designed for idiots.

/johnny

14 posted on 05/15/2012 3:12:31 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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Then why are you commenting on this thread? It’s about celebrity chefs - particularly those on the Food Network. I can assure you, the article was not about sous chefs and line cooks.

Personally, I think it’s idiotic to not own a tv.


15 posted on 05/15/2012 3:15:35 PM PDT by miss marmelstein
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
For his prominence, Batali has been very nonpartisan according to FEC filings, with no contributions or fundraisers in his name to any political candidates... save for one, solitary $1000 donation in 2008.

This narcissistic fat bastard would not serve Republicans, and said so, when the GOP convention was in NYC. To hell with him.
16 posted on 05/15/2012 3:15:52 PM PDT by Vision ("Did I not say to you that if you would believe, you would see the glory of God?" John 11:40)
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To: dfwgator
My experience has been 1 in 90 or so. I've caught enough of them in the linen closet with waitstaff(s) of the opposite gender. I'm talking working chefs and not TV personalities.

/johnny

17 posted on 05/15/2012 3:16:51 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: miss marmelstein
If you think it is important to stare at programming desgined for idiots, it would be important for you to own a TV.

/johnny

18 posted on 05/15/2012 3:20:22 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper

You sound like a lotta fun!


19 posted on 05/15/2012 3:28:36 PM PDT by miss marmelstein
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

GAYS.....GAYS.....GAYS and PERVERTS are the Democrat Party...period.


20 posted on 05/15/2012 3:30:50 PM PDT by Ann Archy ( ABORTION...the HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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Yes, and I’d venture to guess that he has male figure skater donations locked up as well...


21 posted on 05/15/2012 3:37:43 PM PDT by Private_Sector_Does_It_Better (I AM ANDREW BREITBART)
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To: miss marmelstein
Well, here's one rotund chef (well, I cook a lot of our meals...) that doesn't fit the bill. I'll be kind and not take that 'hog on ice' comment personally. Gotcha! He, he...
22 posted on 05/15/2012 3:53:17 PM PDT by bcsco
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You’re no hog on ice, bcsco! I stole that from one of my favorite books - True Grit. Rooster calls Mattie that while the poor girl is dragging up water buckets during an Oklahoma winter.


23 posted on 05/15/2012 4:00:08 PM PDT by miss marmelstein
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To: miss marmelstein

I’ve about decided that the camera puts some sort of mind meld on anyone it focuses on. The minute people get their mug on tv, they suddenly turn liberal.


24 posted on 05/15/2012 4:08:33 PM PDT by bgill
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To: JimSEA


I am sick and tired of artsy craftsy restaurants, bars, shops and people. A restaurant should have sturdy tables with red checked table cloths, cook food on a grill, cast iron pans or over a wood fire. Southern, Western or Basque food is always good although a New England stew is okay brom time to time.

A bar should smell like stale beer and sweat. You should Stan or sit at an old wood bar backed by bottles, draft spigots and a fly specked mirror. A pool table is essential and a couple of moth eaten deer heads are good on the wall.

Shops should sell sensible dry goods or hardware.

People should be appropriate to the above businesses.”

And: If I want to know how many calories it is, I’ll ASK. ;-]

PS: Been so long I forgot how everything works here.


25 posted on 05/15/2012 4:20:15 PM PDT by Sailor Kenshin (I can has new president?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I ate at Jean-George’s the other day. Good thing I was unaware of his political activities, or it might well have ruined my appetite.


26 posted on 05/15/2012 4:20:48 PM PDT by SquarePants
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To: chuck_the_tv_out

IF we end up with a R POTUS, next winter he and his family will sleep on grates for a week to highlight homelessness (which disappears during a D presidency).


27 posted on 05/15/2012 6:04:31 PM PDT by EDINVA
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To: miss marmelstein

Those are those Long Island Libs I used to go to college with. The NYT worshippers.


28 posted on 05/15/2012 11:30:04 PM PDT by wac3rd (Somewhere in Hell, Ted Kennedy snickers.....)
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