DemDaily: The Power of Public Appeal

April 17, 2017

The love affair between Washington and Hollywood is as strong as ever, as an increasingly sophisticated and vocal cast of celebrities use the power of their public appeal to appeal to the public on issues and campaigns.

Sarah Silverman

Sarah Silverman at NYC Tax March. Pic:

From Madonna, Gloria Steinem, Michael Moore and Scarlett Johanssen, who spoke at the Women's March on Washington, to Sarah Silverman, Debra Messing, and Ava DuVernay at Saturday's Tax March - which drew 25,000 in DC and thousands more nationwide - Hollywood is in high gear.

Fueled by the outcome of the 2016 presidential campaign, actors and notables are on the frontlines -- including in tomorrow's Georgia special election to fill HHS Secretary Tom Price's seat.

The 6th District, which voted Clinton 47%-Trump 48%, is considered a toss-up, with former congressional staffer and documentary filmmaker Jon Ossoff (D) and former Secretary of State Karen Handel (R) leading a field of 18 candidates in the April 18th "jungle" primary. If no one candidate receives 50%, then the top two go to a Run-Off Election June 20th.

Samuel L. Jackson

Pulp Fiction's Samuel L. Jackson: "We have to channel the great vengeance and furious anger we have for this administration into votes at the ballot box"

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) has invested nearly one million dollars on television and radio ads in the race.

The latest radio ad, featuring actor Samuel L. Jackson, has been running on urban radio stations in the Atlanta market since Saturday. "Remember what happened the last time people stayed home: We got stuck with Trump," he says.

Other Dem Celebrities who have contributed money or time to the campaign include John Leguizamo, Sam Waterston, Kristen Bell, Jane Fonda, Connie Britton, Jessica Lange, Lynda Carter, Rhea Perlman, Jon Cryer, Chelsea Handler, Alyssa Milano and Chris Gorham.

Republican attack ad against Jon Ossoff (D)

While Republicans can't compete on the celebrity front, they do have the power of the purse. Of the $14 million spent on the airwaves to-date, $2.1 was spent by the Republican Congressional Leadership Fund to attack Ossoff.

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