https://www.sfgate.com/politics/article/Seth-MacFarlane-Nancy-Pelosi-donations-17330991.php

Seth MacFarlane is a very wealthy man. Some estimates put his net worth around $300 million, a jaw-dropping amount that begins to make sense when you consider that he created “Family Guy,” which has been on the air since 1999, and, unfortunately, the “Ted” movies, which have grossed more than $750 million combined.

What does MacFarlane do with his wealth? Well, he makes spin-off cartoons, he runs a production company called Fuzzy Door Productions — and he dumps Brink’s trucks worth of money on Democrats.

MacFarlane’s Democrat megadonor status isn’t new; in 2019, the Los Angeles Times reported on his multi-million dollar commitment to the party. MacFarlane did take nearly a year off from federal donations, according to FEC filings reviewed by SFGATE, but he returned to the fray with a vengeance a few months ago. 

In early May, the man who’s voiced a talking baby, a talking dog and a talking teddy bear gave $365,000 to the Democratic Grassroots Victory Fund, a PAC that disperses funds mostly to state-level Democratic parties.

Seth MacFarlane speaks onstage during the Oscars held at the Dolby Theatre on February 24, 2013 in Hollywood, California.

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In late June, after House Majority Speaker Nancy Pelosi sent out several muchcriticized requests for donations in the wake of the overturning of Roe v. Wade, MacFarlane showed his appreciation by giving $263,400 to the Nancy Pelosi Victory Fund, a PAC that disperses the first $5,800 of every donation directly to Pelosi’s campaign fund and sends the remainder to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC). 

The Grassroots Victory Fund donation has a real shot at boosting local candidates in tough races. The Nancy Pelosi Victory Fund … maybe not so much. Pelosi doesn’t need any money for her general election, which she’s almost certainly going to win without campaigning. At the moment, she seems busy creating an international incident by potentially visiting Taiwan, an idea President Joe Biden disapproves of, but conservative war hawks have quickly embraced.

The DCCC, meanwhile, has adopted some curious strategies of late, including intentionally boosting the electoral chances of a far-right candidate in Michigan on the grounds that he will be more vulnerable to defeat in November’s general elections than his more moderate competition. It’s a great plan — after all, giving media attention to a presumed laughingstock has never backfired on the Democrats before.

Read more of our coverage from the most recent quarter of FEC filings below.

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