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Celebrities in Politics

Although their fame is achieved outside of the political realm, celebrities (those who derive their fame from entertainment media, such as television, film, music, and sports) are increasingly becoming involved in various aspects of the political process. They commonly associate with elected officials, run for elected office, or attempt to influence policy and elections. This transition into politics has been eased by the emergence of radio and television, a democratization of fame, and structural changes in the news media.

Beginning in 1918 when Woodrow Wilson entertained silent movie stars, politicians have reaped the benefits of associating with celebrities. Celebrities attract media attention and provide visibility to candidates and causes. They also have the potential to increase and improve fundraising efforts as well as draw in other ...

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