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Actor Morgan Freeman has lent his iconic voice to President Barack Obama’s reelection bid—in the form of a seven-figure check. The Oscar-winner announced this week that he had donated $1 million to the pro-Obama super PAC Priorities USA Action.
"President Obama has done a remarkable job in historically difficult circumstances," Freeman said in a statement about his hefty donation. "I am proud to lend my voice—and support—to those who defend him." He also urged others to follow suit in funding the super PAC.
A senior advisor to Priorities USA Action returned the favor by heaping praise on the A-List actor, telling the Los Angeles Times that Freeman is a "national treasure" and that the group is "honored that he has lent his power voice to our cause." The donation technically came last month, and helped bolster the group—most recently behind ads attacking Mitt Romney’s record at Bain Capital—to their best fundraising month so far. In June, the group netted $6 million.
Freeman’s check puts him in the company of a growing group of Hollywood notables supporting the Democratic super PAC. Comedians Bill Maher and Chelsea Handler, and directors J.J. Abrams and Steven Spielberg have already donated to Priorities USA Action. Producer Jeffrey Katzenberg gave the group $2 million, the New York Times reports.
Such high-profile support is certainly beneficial to the Democratic presidential candidate’s campaign, but even with Freeman’s sizable donation, the campaign bank account is unlikely to match Mitt Romney’s by the end of July. The GOP campaign has significantly out-raised the Obama campaign for the last two months.