Actor Ben Affleck has made it very clear where his sympathies lie in the Leakgate affair -- and it isn't with the White House.
Appearing on HBO's "Real Time with Bill Maher," Affleck charged that President Bush "probably also leaked” CIA agent Valerie Plame's name and so "if he did, you can be hung for that! That's treason!” He continued: "You could be killed. That's not a joking around Tom DeLay 'I'll do a year, I bribed the state officials with corporate money.' That's like they shoot you in the battlefield for doing that.”
Affleck also called DeLay a "criminal."
Saturday, April 8, 2006 11:06 p.m. EDT
Hollywood power couple Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner rolled down the red carpet at Rumor last night to do - as Ben called it - “their part for society” and threw a fund-raising event for their pick for president, Barack Obama.
“There are a lot of things (I like about Obama),” Affleck gushed to press inside the event, “but I won’t bore you with all of them.”
Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck for
Obama By Inside Track
"The spirit of the contest is to put into video form what it is that you think will help push Obama over the top," said Iliyse Hogue, the campaign director for MoveOn.org Political Action. "It's a great thing for aspiring ad makers and film makers who want to participate in a meaningful way."
Participants in the "Obama in 30 Seconds" contest will have until April 1 to submit their entries. MoveOn members, which the organization places at 3.2 million people, will be able to vote on their favorites by watching them on the MoveOn Web site. The top 15 entries will then be judged by a panel of liberal activists, recording artists and Hollywood notables.
Among them will be Affleck and Damon, both Academy Award-winning actors and writers. Also judging will be actor Steve Buscemi, film director Oliver Stone, singer songwriters Moby, Eddie Vedder and John Legend, civil rights leader Jesse Jackson and hip-hop entrepreneur Russell Simmons.
Movie stars help with Obama ad Film
and music celebrities to judge 'Obama in 30 Seconds' entries
LOS ANGELES — Comedian Billy Crystal (search) called it "Woodstock for really, really rich people" as Hollywood's artists came out to raise $5 million to put Democrat John Kerry (search) in the White House.
"A presidential candidate needs all the friends he can get, even if they come from show business," said actor Ben Affleck (search), opening Thursday night's star-studded concert at the Walt Disney Concert Hall.
Ticket prices for the evening started at $2,000 for the concert up to $25,000 per couple for the concert and a pre-show dinner for about 450 people, including the celebrities. The concert was sold out, although many donors didn't attend.
Affleck suggested he would be campaigning for Kerry in the lead up to the convention as he declined to name a favorite pick for Kerry's running mate.
"I assume it'd be bad for me if I say some name that's different from the guy whose hand I'm gonna shake in three weeks when I'm like, running around Pennsylvania," he told reporters outside the concert hall.
Stars Turn Out for Kerry Fund-Raiser
“The right-wing media, from Fox News to Bill O’Reilly to Rush Limbaugh – who is, now, I suspect, learning to appreciate the virtues of forgiveness and understanding and who, I am quite sure, is hoping the next judge he sees is a liberal – have kept up the sustained and strident and one-sided cry in defense of policies which are damaging and dangerous.”
Ben Affleck in an October 14 speech to the group
People for the American Way, in an excerpt shown on MSNBC’s Scarborough
Country, Oct. 17, 2003.
"The Bush administration has continued to push a dangerous right-wing agenda which has included increasing encroachments on civil liberties, particularly with the questionable and aggressive use of the Patriot Act."
In reference to the Republican tax cut, even if "I save a million bucks," he joked, "the deficit grows like William Bennett's credit line on a one-armed-bandit bender at Bally's."
Ben Affleck engages in attack on Dubya
Entertainment Tonight’s Mary Hart showed actors Julia Louis Dreyfuss, Ben Affleck, Helen Hunt and Martin Sheen campaigning for Gore in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania over the weekend. ET played a clip of Dreyfuss, best-known as "Elaine" on Seinfeld, shouting: "Vote for Al Gore Tuesday!" Affleck took a nice shot at Bush: "It’s hard for me to have a respect for a guy who never held a job until he was 40." Shortly before 1am ET this morning, C-SPAN showed live coverage of Affleck, Robert DeNiro and Glenn Close bashing Bush as they warmed up a Miami Beach crowd just before Gore arrived.
Compiled by Thomas George