Actress Jane Fonda is the most famous of the wealthy donors who gave at least $100,000 to fund Democrat Al Gore’s monthlong contest of the presidential election in Florida.
Internet billionaire Steven T. Kirsch was the largest donor to the Gore/Lieberman Recount Committee, according to Internal Revenue Service filings made public yesterday.
Mr. Kirsch, who founded search engine Web site Infoseek.com, gave $500,000 to bankroll Mr. Gore’s $3.3 million effort to overturn Republican George W. Bush’s certified victory in Florida.
Like most of the major donors to the fund, Mr. Kirsch is a frequent contributor to liberal causes.
Mr. Kirsch was also among the donors to Campaign for a Progressive Future, which sponsored telephone calls to voters during Virginia’s Senate campaign that blamed former Republican Gov. George F. Allen for “gun violence” in the state.
Miss Fonda, estranged wife of cable television mogul Ted Turner, made headlines earlier this year when it was reported that she had given $11.5 million to fund an abortion-rights political group called Pro Choice Vote.
Like the Gore/Lieberman Recount Committee, Pro Choice Vote was organized under Section 527 of the IRS code.
Other notable donors to the recount fund included:
Hollywood screenwriter Stephen L. Bing, who gave $200,000. He also gave $1 million to the Democratic National Convention’s host committee last summer.
Tennessee real-estate developer Franklin Haney, who gave $100,000. Mr. Haney was involved in a Washington real-estate venture called Portals that was the focus of a 1998 House Commerce Committee investigation.
Philadelphia investment-banking heir Peter Buttenwieser, who gave $50,000. Mr. Buttenwieser has contributed more than $6 million to Democrats since 1991.
Smith Bagley, heir to the R.J. Reynolds tobacco fortune, who gave $25,000.
Daniel Abraham, developer of Slim-Fast diet foods, who gave $100,000. Mr. Abraham also contributed $1.1 million to Democratic campaigns during the 2000 election season.
Sen.-elect Jon S. Corzine, New Jersey Democrat, who gave $25,000.
Democratic strategist James Carville, who gave $1,000.
This article was based in part on wire service reports.