Liz Cheney and Gary Sinise swap support

By Laurie Bennett

July 31, 2014 at 7:22am

It wasn’t long ago that Republicans scorned Barack Obama as the celebrity president.

Yet the Cheneys have their own Hollywood connections.

Before her short-lived bid for the U.S. Senate ended in January, Liz Cheney, daughter of the former vice president, headed a nonprofit called Keep America Safe.

Liz Cheney
Liz Cheney

According to its 2013 tax returns, the group ended the year in the hole, after making a contribution of $55,429 to the Gary Sinise Foundation.

As you might suspect, the recipient was founded by actor Gary Sinise, star of “CSI: New York” and Tom Hanks’s co-star in “Forrest Gump.” Its aim is to support first responders, troops, veterans and their families.

Gary Sinise
Gary Sinise

Keep American Safe also has some celebrity ties. Its largest grant in 2012 went to Tunnels to Towers Foundation, whose board includes Fox anchor Megyn Kelly and actor John Turturro.

Sinise also heads an organization called Friends of Abe, whose membership includes conservative entertainers such as Pat Boone, Jon Voight and Kelsey Grammer.

Cheney reportedly has spoken to the group.

The IRS granted 501(c)3 non-profit status to Friends of Abe in March, three years after its application.

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