Hollywood heavyweights Paul Newman, Steve Bing, Robert De Niro and MATT DAMON have boosted Senator John Kerry's presidential campaign as he bids for the White House next month (NOV04).

The Democrat hopeful is currently neck and neck with current US leader George W Bush in the opinion polls in the run-up to polling day on 2 November (04).

Over 850 celebrities and businesspeople have contributed to Kerry's campaign fund, of which a recent investigation in New York has revealed Bing, Damon, De Niro and Newman have all given money.

Film producer Bing, who famously denied paternity of Elizabeth Hurley's son DAMIAN and was later forced to admit he was the father, has written many cheques to the Democrats of up to $9 million (GBP5 million).

THE GODFATHER star De Niro has generously contributed $28,800 (GBP16,000), Kevin Bacon $18,000 (GBP10,000) and Michael Douglas $15,300 (GBP8,500).

THE Bourne Supremacy heart-throb Damon has donated $27,000 (GBP15,000), while film legend Newman has given $54,000 (GBP30,000).

Chevy Chase, who like Damon has also donated $27,000, fumes, "There's something venal and arrogant about Bush and it drives me up the wall."

Yesterday (13OCT04) the Bush camp tried to downplay the celebrity connections and donations the Democrats have received, saying, "The world doesn't revolve around Hollywood."

14/10/2004 14:03