George Clooney's father runs in Kentucky

June 7, 2004 at 8:15 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky., June 7 (UPI) -- Actor George Clooney's father has Hollywood stars' financial backing for his campaign for a Congressional seat in Kentucky, the Washington Post said Monday.

Nick Clooney, a Democrat and former television anchorman in Cincinnati, hopes to succeed Democratic Rep. Ken Lucas, who is retiring after three terms. The district, which is just south of the Ohio River, is generally considered Republican country, but the Cook Political Report, a nonpartisan analysis of congressional races, considers the race a "toss-up."

Among the celebrities who have donated to his campaign are Kevin Spacey, Danny DeVito, Kevin Costner, Adrien Brody, director Steven Soderbergh, producers Harvey Weinstein and Jerry Weintraub.

In all, 64 percent of Clooney's campaign war chest has come from out of state, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

A spokesman for Geoff Davis, a Republican who is also vying for the seat, denounced the celebrity money, saying the donors do not represent the district.

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