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Latino Celebs Pledge to Vote Against GOP Prez Candidates

Twenty-two Latino celebrities signed a letter pledging not to vote for Donald Trump, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush or any other major Republican candidate.

George Lopez, Aubrey Plaza, Zoe Saldana, Carlos Santana, America Ferrera, Benjamin Bratt and Ivonne Coll are among the celebrities asking fellow Latino voters not to vote for any of the Republican presidential candidates based on “anti-immigrant fear mongering.”

“To Donald Trump and the Republican candidates Spirit requires integration and total acceptance of everyone on this blessed planet. I invite you to utilize your power of wealth, to restore, amend and heal your relationship with all your sisters and brothers! It’s never too late to graduate from the university of fear! I believe in you! Your light can make a difference on our great nation-when the power of love replaces the love for power. Divinity is who you really are … LIGHT. Peace to you, your families and all your immigrant employees.” – Carlos Santana

Read the entire letter here.

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Updated: Grimes Garners Hollywood Support

UPDATE April 13, 2014: 

The list of Grimes’ Hollywood supporters continues to grow. The Hill reported in late October that Danny DeVito, Jack Black, Jon Hamm, Nicolas Cage, Jerry Seinfeld, Cameron Diaz, Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner, Leonardo DiCaprio, Mike Meyers, James Cameron, Steven Speilberg, and J.J. Abrams all gave the maximum $5,200 to Grimes’ campaign. Chris Rock and Ted Danson contributed $5,000. Actor Ben Stiller gave $2,500, Barbra Streisand and Aaron Sorkin contributed $1,000, while Woody Allen and Leonard Nimoy gave $500 each, according to FEC filings.

After a closer look the FEC filings, there are a few more names to add to the list: Nicholas Cage, Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, Judd Apatow, Rhea Perlman, Mark Burnett, Kate Capshaw, Norman Lear, David Geffen, Ari Emanuel, and Leslie Mann all donating $5,200. Veteran actor Kirk Douglas gave $5,000, Ron Meyer and America Ferrera gave $2,600, Bryan Cranston gave $2,500, Rob Reiner gave $1,250, Renee Zellweger and Kathleen Kennedy gave $1,000, and Nancy Sinatra gave $250.

Stay tuned as more FEC filings become public.

Original post: Sept. 12, 2013

Even though the 2014 elections are more than a year away, Hollywood liberals have already begun fundraising and supporting Democratic candidates. Rising Democratic star and Kentucky Senate candidate, Alison Lundergan Grimes, is the most recent favorite of Hollywood mega-donors.

The Hill reports Dreamworks’ Jeffrey Katzenberg sent an email to prominent Democratic donors stating that there was “no more important election being held next year in this country” and urged donors to support the Kentucky Secretary of State when she travels to California this month.

Katzenberg isn’t the only Hollywood-type to lend his support. Pop star will.i.am. is set to appear at a Grimes fundraiser in coming weeks.

Grimes is running against Republican Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell, who is running for a sixth term.

Grimes is the second Democratic candidate to gain Hollywood support for the next election cycle. Newark Mayor Cory Booker (the Democratic candidate in New Jersey’s special election on October 16) has received a large amount of support from the Hollywood community – including fundraisers held by Oprah Winfrey, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon and Steven Spielberg.

Democratic supporters hope Hollywood’s interest can bring attention and money to the uphill battle of defeating one of the longest-serving Senators currently in the Senate chamber.

Stars Stumping For Obama

Natalie Portman at an Obama campaign event in Las Vegas in late August. – The Guardian Express Newspaper

A few months ago, President Obama was worried his Hollywood supporters were bailing on him. However, he has recently seemed to boost Hollywood’s enthusiasm for his campaign and has tapped some of Hollywood’s most powerful young stars to hit the campaign trail for him.

Most recently, Parks and Recreation actors Adam Scott and Rashida Jones hit the campaign trail for the president at the University of Iowa, according to The Daily Iowan.

The actors touted President Obama’s push for lower interest rates on student loans and healthcare reform.

Other celebrities who have been around the country in recent months include: Olivia Wilde, Kal Penn, Justin Long, America Ferrera, Josh Hartnett, Don Cheadle, Zach Braff, Blythe Danner, Octavia Spencer and Zachary Quinto.

Another celebrity recently campaigning for the president: Oscar-winner Natalie Portman. The actress was in Las Vegas a couple of weeks ago campaigning on Obama’s record for women’s rights.

Many of these celebrities have been attending rallies at universities to enthuse the youth vote, a demographic that was extremely important in getting Obama elected in 2008.

Actor Josh Hartnett speaking with Minneapolis Mayor RT Rybak at the University of Minnesota. Photo Credit: The Minnesota Daily

Josh Hartnett attended a rally with Minneapolis Mayor RT Rybak at the University of Minnesota last spring. Penn was at the University of Michigan earlier this year campaigning on Obama’s record.

With the election less than 60 days away, one can expect even more celebrities to hit the campaign trail for Obama, as well at Mitt Romney – who to date has had very few Hollywood campaigners.