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Star Power and the Campaign

Star Power and the Campaign
An unprecedented number of celebrities have been hitting the campaign trail and the air waves during the 2004 presidential campaign. Will it make a difference in the American political arena? NEW YORK VOICES takes a look at the unique ways celebrities are using their star power to influence politics.

From writers and actors to hip-hop artists and professional wrestlers, many celebrities today are using their fame to encourage people to become more politically engaged and to vote. As part of Operation Ohio, literary hard-hitters like Jonathan Ames and Dave Eggers will be calling students in swing states on election day to encourage them to vote. The Hip-Hop Summit Action Network is hoping that the influence of Hip Hop artists will inspire and motivate their fans to participate in politics. And World Wrestling Entertainment takes the fight out of the ring and around the country as wrestling superstars encourage their viewers to "Smackdown the Vote."

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Star Power and the Campaign
A look at some of the unique ways artists and entertainers are using their star power to influence politics.

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New York actor Ron Silver is using his celebrity to help president Bush win the 2004 election.
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Comedian and actor Janeane Garofalo co-hosts a political call-in program on the new progressive radio network, Air America.

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