Election 2012: Romney, Obama, Johnson? Ask Katy Perry, Meat Loaf, Willie Nelson

Does a celebrity endorsement help you decide who gets your vote as President of the United States? Or who doesn't?

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SAN DIEGO, November 4, 2012 – Pop singer Katy Perry gets the award for rocking the Hottest Celebrity Presidential Endorsement Appearance of the 2012 campaign season.

Look at that dress. I don’t care what side of the aisle you’re on, that dress is smoking on Perry.

Do celebrity endorsements make any difference? One researcher estimated that Oprah Winfrey’s endorsement of Barack Obama secured one million votes, helping him win the 2008 Presidential election.

More recent research from North Carolina State University proved just the opposite, that celebrity endorsements don’t help and can often hurt candidates. These results didn’t even include Honey Boo Boo (who endorsed President Obama) or The Naked Cowboy (who endorsed Governor Romeny). 

New York’s infamous street entertainer known as The Naked Cowboy put his butt on the line and made his choice for President clear.

America loves its celebrities. Think People magazine and “Access Hollywood.” Readers know what they eat, where they shop and who they date. They buy products celebrities endorse. People paid $11 million for the photos of twins born to Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. It’s an obsession with Tinseltown’s elite that is easily derided.

The campaigns know megawatt stars can deliver crowds. More important, many of them can deliver money in the form of appearances at fundraisers and hitting up their rich friends. There is a serious benefit of proximity to stardom that can reap big benefits for a politician where it counts: the campaign coffers.

On this count, President Obama wins. Robert De Niro, Will Smith, Magic Johnson and Antonio Banderas help attract the big-dollar givers. Fundraisers by Clooney and singers Jay-Z and Beyonce each raised more than $20 million for Obama.

Governor Romney’s biggest celebrity fundraiser may be actor Robert Duvall, who held a dinner with Ann Romney in September at his Virginia farm that raised $800,000.

President Obama has cornered the market on A-list Hollywood film actors, pop singers and rap/hip stars. He’s also cornered the Star Trek vote with endorsements from Mr. Spock and Mr. Sulu.  

Governor Romney is endorsed by country music stars, a slew of comedians (perhaps they think Romney will provide them more material the next four years), Olympic athletes (especially from the 2004 Salt Lake City games, no surprise), and quite a few classic rock greats. He also has his own share of film and TV stars, many of whom have supported military and veterans’ causes for years such as Gary Sinese and Duvall.

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney sings God Bless America as he campaigns at the football stadium at Defiance High School in Defiance, Ohio on Oct. 25, 2012, with (left to right) Randy Owen of Alabama, Meat Loaf, and John Rich and Big Kenny of Big & Rich. AP Photo/Charles Dharapak

Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson’s endorsement list is thin, but it does boast Penn and Teller, Goldie Hawn, and Willie Nelson.

The prize for the most entertaining endorsement goes to Snoop Dogg, or the Artist Now Calling Himself Snoop Lion. He said President Obama needs four more years to clean up the eight years of mess left by George W. Bush.

“I mean, Bush (deleted) up for eight years, so you gotta at least give [Obama] eight years,” said the former Dogg.  “He cleaned half the (deleted) up in four years, realistically. It ain’t like y’all gave him a clean house. Y’all gave him a house where the TV didn’t’ work, the toilet was stuffed up — everything was wrong with the house.”

Agree or disagree, at least the man offered a reasonable rationale, not just a tight dress.

On the off chance it does deliver a vote or two, as a public service Communities offers this list featuring some of the confirmed celebrity endorsements for the 2012 Presidential candidates.

Mitt Romney

Actors and actresses: Scott Baio, Stephen Baldwin, Powers Booth, Gary Busey, James Caan, Dean Cain, Kirk Cameron, Jon Cryer, Stacey Dash, Robert Davi, Shannon Doherty, Robert Duvall, Clint Eastwood, Erik Estrada, Andy Garcia, Kelsey Grammer, Angie Harmon, Patricia Heaton, Lorenzo Lamas, Lindsay Lohan, Gerald McRaney, Chuck Norris, John O’Hurley, John Ratzenberger, Suzanne Somers, Kevin Sorbo, Tom Selleck, Gary Sinese, Tina Sloan, Sylvester Stallone, Janine Turner, Jon Voight, James Woods

Musicians and singers: Trace Adkins, Beach Boys, Alice Cooper, Charlie Daniels, Sara Evans, Lee Greenwood, Sammy Hagar, Taylor Hicks, Julianne Hough, 50 Cent, LL Cool J, Meat Loaf, Ronnie Milsap, Dave Mustaine (Megadeth), Wayne Newton, Ted Nugent, John Ondrasik, Donny and Marie Osmond, John Rich, Kid Rock, Randy Owen (Alabama), Joe Perry (Aerosmith), Gene Simmons (KISS), Cowboy Troy, Vanilla Ice, Brad Whitford, Hank Williams Jr., Gretchen Wilson, and Daddy Yankee.

Comedians/TV personalities: Drew Carey, Adam Carolla, Terry Fator, Jeff Foxworthy, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Victoria Jackson, Larry the Cable Guy, Dennis Miller, Heidi Montag, Paul Rodriquez, Mike Rowe, Adam Sandler, Chuck Woolery

Athletes: Danny Ainge, George Brett, John Elway, Mike Eruzione, Scott Hamilton, Dan Jansen, Jack Nicklaus, Richard Petty, Bart Starr, Kristi Yamaguchi

Romney’s supporters also include TV and film producer Jerry Bruckheimer, talk show host and former candidate Herman Cain, supermodel Cindy Crawford, wrester Hulk Hogan, porn star Jenn Jameson, World Wrestling Entertainment CEO Vince McMahon, and Donald Trump.

George Clooney hosted one of President Obama’s most lucrative campaign fundraisers. Photo: AP.

Barack Obama

Actors and actresses: Ben Affleck, Jessica Alba, Jason Alexander, Alec Baldwin, Elizabeth Banks, Jim Belushi, Zach Braff, Jeff Bridges, Connie Britton, Matthew Broderick, Nick Cannon, George Clooney, Bill Cosby, Alan Cummings, Matt Damon, Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert DiNiro, Kirk and Michael Douglas, Robert Downey Jr., Hillary Duff, Omar Epps, Will Ferrell, Jamie Foxx, Morgan Freeman, Mark Hamill, Tom Hanks, Neil Patrick Harris, Anne Hathaway, Salma Hayek, Dwyane (The Rock) Johnson, Angelina Jolie, James Earl Jones, Mila Kunis, Ashton Kucher, Nathan Lane, Eva Longoria, Jane Lynch, Toby Maguire, Demi Moore, Julianne Moore, Leonard Nimoy, Al Pacino, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kal Penn, Tyler Perry, Wendell Pierce, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, Paul Rudd, Martin Sheen, Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith, Sharon Stone, Meryl Streep, George Takei, Mark Wahlberg, Denzel Washington, Kerry Washington

Musicians and singers: Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, Kelly Clarkson, Miley Cyrus, Snoop Lion/Dogg, Aretha Franklin, Cee Lo Green, Elton John, Alicia Keys, Beyonce Knowles, John Legend, Madonna, Ricky Martin, Katy Perry, Bruce Springsteen, Barbra Streisand, Gwen Stefani, James Taylor, Justin Timberlake, Eddie Vedder, Jay-Z

Athletes: Muhammad Ali, Michael Jordan, Floyd Mayweather

Other Obama supporters include TV producer J.J. Abrams, Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffet, talk show host Ellen Degeneres, novelist Stephen King, designer Michael Kors, director Spike Lee, financial advisor Suze Orman, comedian Chris Rock, and of course Oprah.

Libertarian President candidate Gary Johnson has the backing of actress and comedian Goldie Hawn.

Gary Johnson

Penn and Teller, magicians/entertainers
Willie Nelson, country singer
Andrew Napolitano, judge/news analyst
Sean Hannity, talk show host
John Stoessel, TV host and author
Jesse Ventura, former professional wrestler and Governor of Minnesota

Jill Stein

Noam Chomsky, author/activist
Chris Hedges, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist
David Swanson, author/activist

Actors Daniel Craig and Daniel Radcliffe both endorsed President Obama. But they’re British citizens and can’t vote here so they don’t count. Sorry guys.



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Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, MS, APR, is President of the Falcon Valley Group, a San Diego based communications consulting firm. Falkenthal is a veteran award winning broadcast and print journalist, editor, producer, talk host and commentator. She is an instructor at National University in San Diego, and previously taught in the School of Journalism & Media Studies at San Diego State University.


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