Georgia is ground zero in the battle for the balance of power in Washington, DC, as control of the U.S. Senate now hinges on the outcome of the two Senate runoff races in the Peach State. With the Senate majority leadership within his reach, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) recently declared, “Now we take Georgia, and then we change America.”
More than 50 Hollywood celebrities have tried to make that a reality for Schumer, mobilizing to raise money and pump up enthusiasm for Democrat challengers Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock. Using their star power to attract donor dollars, they have put their Hollywood imprint on the Georgia races in the hopes of flipping the Senate on January 5.
The vast majority of these celebrities have never lived in Georgia and have no personal connection to the state — except for the TV or movie roles that require them to occasionally film there. As Breitbart News recently reported, Ossoff raised nearly six times more in California than he did in Georgia.
Celebrities including Alec Baldwin, Amy Schumer, Ariana Grande, Mandy Moore, and Justin Timberlake have all lent their celebrity influencer status to boost Democrat chances in the state.
Like the presidential election, Hollywood cast reunions continue to be a fundraising fad, with a Veep reunion, featuring Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Tony Hale, Sam Richardson, Paul Scheer, and Gary Cole, bringing in more than $640,000 in one day, and an Elf reunion, with Will Ferrell, Zooey Deschanel, Ed Asner, Busy Philipps, Ed Helms, and John Lithgow, raising more than $400,000.
Actor/singer Mandy Moore attends the 2018 MTV Movie And TV Awards at Barker Hangar on June 16, 2018 in Santa Monica, California. (Christopher Polk/Getty Images for MTV)
Alec Baldwin attends the “The Public” premiere during 2018 Toronto International Film Festival at Roy Thomson Hall on September 9, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Amy Schumer attends the ‘Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art Of The In-Between’ Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 1, 2017 in New York City. (Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
Singer Justin Timberlake arrives at the 74th annual Golden Globe Awards, January 8, 2017, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. VALERIE MACON/AFP via Getty Images
Singer Ariana Grande arrives on the red carpet during the 58th Annual Grammy Music Awards in Los Angeles February 15, 2016. VALERIE MACON/AFP via Getty Images
Actor Kevin Bacon attends the premiere of “Adult Beginners” at ArcLight Hollywood on April 15, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Lin-Manuel Miranda attends The Shops & Restaurants at Hudson Yards Preview Celebration – Red Carpet Arrivals on March 14, 2019 in New York City. (Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Related)
Alyssa Milano attends the Season 1 premiere of Netflix’s “Insatiable” at ArcLight Hollywood on August 9, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
In this star system, celebrities are orbiting Stacey Abrams, who is using her own considerable fame to corral her Hollywood friends. Abrams is behind Win Both Seats, a minority voter push toplined by stars Kumail Nanjiani and Sophia Bush. She also headed up a Rock the Runoff concert-fundraiser featuring a slew of pop stars including John Legend, Justin Timberlake, Michael Stipe, and Common, as well as musical stars Ben Platt and Billy Porter.
Will Ferrell attends the premiere of “Downhill” at SVA Theater on February 12, 2020 in New York City. (Cindy Ord/Getty Images)
US actress Zooey Deschanel arrives for the premiere of “Good Boys”, at the Regency Village Theatre in Westwood, California on August 14, 2019. (MARK RALSTON/AFP via Getty Images)
Billy Crystal attends The 30th Anniversary Screening of “When Harry Met Sally…” Opening Night at the 2019 10th Annual TCM Classic Film Festival on April 11, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for TCM)
Recording artist Demi Lovato attends the 2018 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 20, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for dcp)
Actor Bryan Cranston attends the “All The Way” Los Angeles Premiere at Paramount Studios on May 10, 2016 in Hollywood City. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
US actress Sophia Bush arrives on the red carpet for the Time 100 Gala at the Lincoln Center in New York on April 23, 2019. (ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images)
Stephen Colbert attends the Showtime Golden Globe Nominees Celebration at Sunset Tower on January 6, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Tara Ziemba/Getty Images)
US actress Whoopi Goldberg attends the New York premiere of “Nobody’s Fool” at AMC Lincoln Square Theater on October 28, 2018 in New York City. (Angela Weiss / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images)
Ken Jeong attends the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on August 20, 2018 in New York City. (Mike Coppola/Getty Images for MTV)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus attends the premiere of “Downhill” at SVA Theater on February 12, 2020 in New York City. (Steven Ferdman/Getty Images)
Abrams helped lead a Broadway-themed fundraiser with Rob Reiner, Whoopi Goldberg, Mandy Patinkin, Matthew Broderick, Rosie Perez, Billy Crystal, Martin Short, John Leguizamo, and Saturday Night Live‘s Cecily Strong. She even participated in a Star Trek reunion featuring George Takei, LeVar Burtoon, and Anthony Rapp to raise money for Georgia Democrats.
Other fundraisers include comedy themed events hosted by Sarah Silverman and Patton Oswalt, and a separate stand-up event led by Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi, featuring Wanda Sykes and other comedians. Actress and stand-up comedia Amy Schumer, who is a cousin of Sen. Schumer, recently led a Democrat voter mobilization event for the state.
John Legend attends the Los Angeles premiere of HBO’s Documentary Film “United Skates” at Avalon Hollywood on February 6, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Gregg DeGuire/Getty Images)
Debra Messing attends the Roundabout Theater’s 2020 Gala at The Ziegfeld Ballroom on March 02, 2020 in New York City. (Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
Actor Ed Helms attends the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Cinema’s “Tag” at Regency Village Theatre on June 7, 2018 in Westwood, California. (David Livingston/Getty Images)
Actor Don Cheadle arrives for the premiere of the new Showtime comedy series “Black Monday” in Los Angeles on January 14, 2019. (VALERIE MACON/AFP via Getty Images)
John Lithgow attends the 26th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 19, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. 721384 (Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Turner)
Recording artist Common attends the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018 in New York City. (Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for NARAS)
Gary Cole attends the premiere of 20th Century Fox’s “The Art of Racing in the Rain” at El Capitan Theatre on August 01, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images)
Actor Matthew Broderick arrives at the 39th AFI Life Achievement Award honoring Morgan Freeman held at Sony Pictures Studios on June 9, 2011 in Culver City, California. The AFI Life Achievement Award tribute to Morgan Freeman will premiere on TV Land on Saturday, June 19 at 9PM ET/PST. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images for AFI)
The rock group Pearl Jam teamed up with Hamilton star Lin-Manuel Miranda to raise money to get out the state’s Latino vote.
As always, Alyssa Milano and Debra Messing made their voices heard, with both tweeting their support of Georgia Democrats to their millions of followers by wearing “Vote Warnock” t-shirts. Other stars who encouraged fans to donate to Warnock’s campaign treasure chest include Scandal star Kerry Washington, The Masked Singer host Ken Jeong, and actress Yvette Nicole Brown.
Celebrity couple Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick helped lead a fundraiser Swing Left, one of many progressive organizations that is mobilizing Democratic turnout in Georgia.
Kumail Nanjiani attends the Premiere of 20th Century Fox’s “Stuber” at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live on July 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Jesse Grant/Getty Images)
Wanda Sykes at Point Honors Los Angeles 2017, benefiting Point Foundation, at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on October 7, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Point Honors)
Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam performs on the main stage as the headlining act on day 3 of The Isle of Wight Festival at Seaclose Park on June 23, 2012 in Newport, Isle of Wight. (Samir Hussein/Getty Images)
Kerry Washington attends Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s Annual Grants Banquet at Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel on July 31, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
US actor Tony Hale arrives for the world premiere of “Toy Story 4” at El Capitan theatre in Hollywood, California on June 11, 2019. (VALERIE MACON/AFP via Getty Images)
Padma Lakshmi walks the red carpet during the 71st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on September 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Rich Polk/Getty Images for IMDb)
Actor John Leguizamo attends IFP’s 27th Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards on November 27, 2017 in New York City. (Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for IFP)
Rosie Perez attends the “Rise” New York premiere at Landmark Theatre on March 7, 2018 in New York City. (Roy Rochlin/Getty Images)
Michael Stipe poses at the Vaquera, CDLM/Creatures Of The Wind, And Section 8 show during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Masonic Hall on September 9, 2019 in New York City (Albert Urso/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows)
Busy Philipps attends the premiere of Disney’s “Frozen 2” at Dolby Theatre on November 07, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (Amy Sussman/Getty Images)
Harold & Kumar star Kal Penn recently teamed up with Kamala Harris’ sister and niece to encourage South Asian voter turnout.
Minority voter activists believe that demographic changes in Georgia will help seal a Democratic victory on January 5. As Breitbart News has reported, Asian Americans are the state’s fastest growing minority, due in large part to a surge in legal immigration.
Actor Mandy Patinkin attends the premiere of Amazon Studios’ “Life Itself” at ArcLight Cinerama Dome on September 13, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Rich Fury/Getty Images)
Patton Oswalt attends the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Rich Fury/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)
Kyra Sedgwick from ‘Girls Weekend’ attends the Indie Episodic Program 1 during the 2019 Sundance Film Festival at Prospector Square Theatre on January 29, 2019 in Park City, Utah. (Sonia Recchia/Getty Images)
Actor Martin Short speaks onstage during the 43rd AFI Life Achievement Award Gala honoring Steve Martin at Dolby Theatre on June 4, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for AFI)
Andy Richter of TBS’s CONAN attends the WarnerMedia Upfront 2019 arrivals on the red carpet at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on May 15, 2019 in New York City. 602140 (Mike Coppola/Getty Images for WarnerMedia)
Actor Sarah Silverman attends the 2018 Film Independent Spirit Awards on March 3, 2018 in Santa Monica, California. (Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)
Kal Penn attends the Global Citizen Prize 2019 at Royal Albert Hall on December 13, 2019 in London, England. (Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
Ben Platt attends the 2019 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 24, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for dcp)
Billy Porter attends the 92nd Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood and Highland on February 09, 2020 in Hollywood, California. (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
Ed Asner attends the premiere of Sony Pictures Classics’ “The Leisure Seeker” at Pacific Design Center on January 9, 2018 in West Hollywood, California. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Director Rob Reiner arrives for the MGM Premiere of ‘Sleepover’ at the Archlight Cinerama Dome June 27, 2004 in Hollywood. (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Sam Richardson attends the 71st Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Actress Cecily Strong arrives at the Premiere of Sony Pictures’ “Ghostbusters” at TCL Chinese Theatre on July 9, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
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Yvette Nicole Brown attends the 51st NAACP Image Awards – Nominees Luncheon on February 01, 2020 in Pasadena, California. (Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images)
Actor Rick Hoffman attends the 39th International Emmy Awards at the Mercury Ballroom at the New York Hilton on November 21, 2011 in New York City. (Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)
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