15 Celebs Who Are Active In This Year’s Election, And Some Who Are A Bit Too Active (We’re Looking At You Donald)
All political candidates need enthusiastic supports and endorsers who are ready and willing to push for their candidate to be elected as the next president. This year’s election has been no different. In fact, there are dozens of celebrities who have gone out of their way to really get involved in the 2012 election in one way or another (for better and worse). Here are 15 celebs who have been active in the 2012 election.
Beyoncé & Jay-Z
Beyoncé, Jay-Z, and the entire Obama family have a great relationship. Recently the couple hosted a $40,000-a-plate dinner to show their support and to raise money for the Obama campaign. They came out of their party with a cool $4 million to give to the President’s re-election campaign.
Clint Eastwood was probably the most notable speaker at the Republican National Convention for his infamous empty-chair-bit-that-was-supposed-to-be-him-talking-to-President-Obama. Whew! Too bad he really made a fool of himself in the process. Of course, Clint showed his support for Mitt Romney and had everybody talking.
Kerry Washington was one of many celebrity speakers during the Democratic National Convention. Her speech emphasized protecting women’s rights.
Business mogul Donald Trump has fired President Obama (in his mind) and has endorsed and praised Mitt Romney since day 1. Crazily enough, he’s only donated about $2,500 to Mitt Romney’s campaign, though he’s helped with getting fundraisers organized. And of course, Trump has been one of the loudest birthers calling for President Obama’s birth certificate.
Flo Rida hasn’t outwardly spoken about supporting one candidate over the other, but he has pushed an extremely important issue: getting more younger people to vote. In a recent interview he expressed his want to host a similar campaign to Diddy’s Vote or Die in 2009 for this year’s election. You’ve only got 33 days to go, buddy!
Eva Longoria is the co-chair of this year’s reelection campaign for President Obama, and her speech at the Democratic National Convention about going from flipping burgers at Wendy’s to making enough to pay higher taxes as the 1 percent was definitely touching and meaningful.
Kid Rock was one of the many musical performers during the Republican National Convention. His song, “Born Free,” has been heard at several Republican rallies.
Tracee Ellis Ross
The former “Reed Between The Lines” and “Girlfriends” star has been very active, trying to push young people to vote through her social media, and actually hitting the road as a volunteer for the Obama campaign. The most important issues to focus on to her have been health care and education in this country.
Though she’s finally admitted her rap about voting for Romney was a joke, Nicki Minaj’s comments definitely brought her all sorts of political attention. Obama claimed she was playing a character while Romney didn’t say much at all. While she isn’t active in the election, her comments spurred all sorts of comments from prominent political figures.
Actor Kal Penn is another one of the co-chairs for the reelection campaign of President Obama. He hosted the DNC and made a speech as well, encouraging the younger generation to get out and vote.
The former “Gilmore Girls” star, Alexis Bledel, appeared in a campaign video for Barack Obama encouraging voters in New Mexico to vote for him to show their support for a strong middle class.
In late July, Oscar-winning actress Octavia Spencer visited a barber shop in Charlotte to stress the importance of voting amongst the African-American community as well as the benefits of voting for President Obama in November.
Scarlett Johansson was another speaker at the DNC. Her speech reached out to young voters and wholeheartedly encouraged them to vote, and while she expressed her approval for President Obama, she explicitly explained she was not telling any voters who to vote for. Just go out and vote! You can say that again, Scarlett.
Natalie Portman appeared at one of the many Women for Obama campaigns that have been hosted worldwide. Also, during her speech in Las Vegas, she expressed the fact that President Obama can get re-elected without all of the trash talking that seems to fuel pre-election drama.
Vince & Linda McMahon
The WWE executive and his wife Linda have donated almost $160,000 to Romney’s super PAC and victory fund. Of course, Linda McMahon is running as a republican for senate in Connecticut.