May 4, 2012

What Politicians Are The Avengers Donating To?

Today, an alliance of superheroes known as The Avengers will entertain American moviegoers from coast to coast with their cosmic powers and witty banter as they unite seeking to save the earth from the film’s villain, Loki.

As these superheroes band together thanks to their shared belief in saving humanity, the real-life actors who play them donate to politicians and political committees, staying true to their beliefs by donating money in the political process.

We here at Republic Report have assembled a rundown of the politicians to whom each of the Avengers have donated their hard-earned money:

THE HULK: When he’s not turning green, growing muscles, and smashing baddies, The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) is a prolific political donor. In 2008, he made large donations to former Democratic primary candidate Rep. Dennis Kucinich before then becoming an Obama donor. In 2010, he gave $500 to Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI) and $250 to Rep. Maurice Hinchey (D-NY).



THOR: Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is from Aasgard, and apparently does not have any interest in donating to American politics. The actor who plays him is Australian, which may also explain the lack of donations.





NICK FURY: Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) gave $1,000 to the Democratic National Committee in 2004 and $2,300 to Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) in the 2007 primary.





CAPTAIN AMERICA: We couldn’t find any donations from the Captain (Chris Evans). It looks like when you’re Captain America, you’re officially nonpartisan.  (Although Evans’s uncle is U.S. Congressman Mike Capuano (D-MA).)





BLACK WIDOW: Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) is a well-known Barack Obama donor, giving him $2,300 towards the end of the 2008 Democratic Party presidential primary. Widow also had a soft spot for  former Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-PA), giving him $500 in 2010.





IRON MAN: Robert Downey Jr.-as-Tony Stark-as-Iron Man doesn’t appear to be a political donor. But he has hinted in the past that he leans right thanks to his short time in prison: “I have a really interesting political point of view, and it’s not always something I say too loud at dinner tables here, but you can’t go from a $2,000-a-night suite at La Mirage to a penitentiary and really understand it and come out a liberal. You can’t. I wouldn’t wish that experience on anyone else, but it was very, very, very educational for me and has informed my proclivities and politics ever since.”


As powerful and heroic as they are, there’s one thing the Avengers can’t save America from: the corrupting influence of Big Money. Only movement of Americans left, right, and center can do that.