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MADISON (WKOW) -- A perusal of state campaign finance records shows Mary Burke is far more popular with celebrities than Scott Walker, but the Governor has brought in more money from them thanks to one big donation.

Hollywood has been kind to Burke, with legendary TV Producer Marcy Carsey leading the way with a $5,000 donation to her campaign.  Carsey is a partner in the company Carsey-Werner, which has produced such classics as The Cosby Show, A Different World, Third Rock from the Sun and That 70's Show.  Mavis Leno, wife of former Tonight Show Host Jay Leno, donated $2,000 to the Burke campaign. 

Burke Campaign Spokesperson Joe Zepecki tells 27 News that Burke met both Carsey and Leno at a fundraiser in California earlier this year.

But Zepecki said the campaign did not know it would also be getting donations from Carl Reiner and Garrison Keillor, who each gave $250 to Burke.  Reiner is a Hollywood legend who created The Dick Van Dyke Show and also wrote a for a number of other television shows.  His acting credits include films such as The Jerk and Oceans 11, 12 and 13.  Keillor is the creator and host of the long-running public radio show A Prairie Home Companion.

Comedian and actress Lily Tomlin, famous for such films as 9 to 5, All of Me and I Heart Huckabees, donated $50 to the Burke campaign in late 2013.

It is possible at least some of those donations came as a result of a fundraising letter sent out earlier this year by actor Bradley Whitford.  The Madison native, best known for his work on TV's The West Wing, sent a letter out in late May urging people to give money to Burke's campaign. 

"Look, I used to work at the White House, so I can smell bad politics from a mile away - and Scott Walker's campaign reeks of catering to the rich while ignoring those who really matter: Wisconsin voters," wrote Whitford, alluding to his West Wing role. "Wisconsinites are tough and we're stubborn - we fish through ice.  That's the attitude we'll need to defeat him.  Which is why I need you to stand with me and help Mary Burke today."

Gov. Walker only sports donations from two celebrities, but one was big.  Donald Trump, who needs no introduction, gave the Governor $10,000 - the maximum an individual can give to a candidate during an election cycle.

The Governor's other donation was for $500 from actor Scott Baio, who has a Wisconsin connection of sorts.  Baio played Chachi in the 1970's Milwaukee-based TV show Happy Days. 
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