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10 Celebrity Parents Who Are Political Activists


  • Bono 1 of 11
    Bono
    The National Journal named the lead singer of U2 the most politically effective celebrity of all time. And it’s no wonder, considering this celeb dad has made friends with several world leaders and has ties to a bunch of humanitarian organizations. Bono recently met with the president of Mexico, Felipe Calderon, to discuss drug violence.
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  • Ben Affleck 2 of 11
    Ben Affleck
    Though this celeb dad is a loyal democrat and Obama supporter, he showed a sense of humor when he joined John McCain for a sketch on Saturday Night Live that mocked liberal MSNBC host Keith Olbermann. There has been talk of Ben running for office, but he has denied the rumors, saying he’s enjoying life as an actor and family man.
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  • Matt Damon 3 of 11
    Matt Damon
    Matt, like his buddy Ben, is also a liberal who’s very active in politics, including organizations such as water.org and the ONE campaign. He told OK Magazine that he hopes to teach his kids that “this country is about participation, activism, understanding the history of the country ... and being a productive part of the American experience.”
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  • Elisabeth Hasselbeck 4 of 11
    Elisabeth Hasselbeck
    As the lone conservative voice on The View, Elisabeth fights for her political opinions. And the mom of 3 often brings family into the political conversation, recently reciting a poem live on The View about how to explain the death of Osama bin Laden to your kids.
    Read Elisabeth’s bin Laden poem for kids »
  • Alec Baldwin 5 of 11
    Alec Baldwin
    Although he plays die-hard Republican Jack Donaghy on 30 Rock, Alec is quite the opposite in real life. In fact, recent rumors suggest that in the aftermath of the Anthony Weiner scandal, the liberal actor is considering running for mayor of New York in 2013.
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  • Jessica Alba 6 of 11
    Jessica Alba
    Looks like motherhood may have inspired Jessica to become more politically active. The actress recently lobbied for members of Congress to pass the Safe Chemicals Act, stressing the importance of banning harmful chemicals in consumer products for children’s safety.
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  • Sean Penn 7 of 11
    Sean Penn
    This celeb dad has not exactly been mild in his political criticism of the Bush Administration. In 2002, Sean placed a $56,000 ad in the Washington Post of his open letter to President Bush, in which he called for Bush’s impeachment and asked him to end the planned attack on Iraq. On the human rights front, Sean has traveled to New Orleans to rescue Katrina victims and supported the LGBT community after his Oscar-winning role as gay politician Harvey Milk.
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  • Kelsey Grammer 8 of 11
    Kelsey Grammer
    Actor Kelsey Grammer is known as being a strong voice for the Republican minority in Hollywood. Not only has he actively supported past Republican presidential candidates, but he’s also an investor in RightNetwork, a TV channel designed to appeal to political conservatives.
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  • Martin Sheen 9 of 11
    Martin Sheen
    Martin, who played a U.S. president on The West Wing, is also politically active in real life — and a strong pacifist. He’s been one of the most outspoken voices against the Iraq War, and in 2003, despite discouragement from NBC execs, Martin published his opinion in The Los Angeles Times, saying, “War at this time and in this place is unwelcome, unwise, and simply wrong."
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  • Susan Sarandon 10 of 11
    Susan Sarandon
    In 2000, Susan and then-husband, Tim Robbins, strongly supported Ralph Nader as a presidential candidate and have been involved in every presidential campaign since, backing John Kerry in 2004 and John Edwards in 2008. The actress is known for her anti-war stance as well and even spent her Mother’s Day in 2006 protesting the Iraq War. Susan also became a UNICEF Goodwill
    Ambassador in 1999.
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  • Angelina Jolie 11 of 11
    Angelina Jolie
    Angelina has been involved with relief efforts all around the world, making visits to Darfur, Iraq, Cambodia, and Afghanistan, to name a few. And in 2005, she began making frequent trips to Washington to lobby for humanitarian efforts on a political level. She told Forbes Magazine, "As much as I would love to never have to visit Washington, that's the way to move the ball."
    Angelina visits Syrian refugees in Turkey »

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