Why TV Producer Norman Lear Reversed Decision on Donating to Presidential Campaign

May 10, 2012  •  Post A Comment

Legendary television producer Norman Lear reversed his stance on contributing to President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign, making a donation because the president came out in support of same-sex marriage, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Lear and his wife, Lyn Davis, had been holding back their financial support of Obama, expressing frustration with his lack of leadership on liberal issues.

In a phone interview with the publication, Lear said, "He came out in support of marriage equality. He didn’t have to do it, but he did it. And it’s what the country needs. So I said, ‘Let’s max out.’"

The Lears wrote a check for $80,000 — $40,000 each — which is the maximum amount allowable by law.

Lear is behind a string of successful 1970s sitcoms, including “All in the Family,” “Sanford and Son,” “One Day at a Time” and “The Jeffersons.”

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