Rapper Snoop Dogg has a video urging California voters to vote in favor of Proposition 19 to legalize marijuana, according to the Los Angeles Times. Other unusual messages are coming forth on Election Day in order to stump for legalizing pot in a state that has tried for years to gain support for the measure.
Major donations have come in at the last minute and younger voters are being targeted to go out and vote in favor Proposition 19. Billionaire investor George Soros donated $1 million to the cause in the last two weeks leading up to the election. Proponents hope younger and more progressive voters will show up to the polls and support the measure to legalize recreational marijuana use.
Snoop Dogg isn’t the only celebrity who has supported candidates and causes in this election cycle. See how he stacks up to these other celebrity pundits who have weighed in on this year’s election.
Oprah Winfrey turned out in support of Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert’s “Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear” when she gave some attendees of the Comedy Central show an all-expense paid trip to the rally in Washington D.C. Fox News reports Winfrey appeared via satellite on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” to make the announcement.
When audience members found red envelopes under their chairs, they opened the contents. Inside was an all-expense bus trip and hotel stay in Washington for the event.
Jon Stewart/Stephen Colbert
Speaking of Comedy Central, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert held a “Rally to Restore Sanity” on the National Mall in Washington D.C. on Oct. 29. Guests included Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Sheryl Crow, and Tony Bennett, according to Yahoo! News.
Estimates of the attendance at the rally are around 215,000. A record number of riders used public transportation on that Saturday, according to the Los Angeles Times.
In the race for Connecticut’s Senate seat, Linda McMahon has the ultimate in a support network. Her husband owns WWE, and on Monday night he performed a skit on “WWE Raw” in front of millions of wrestling fans, according to the New York Post.
Whether his presence will help his wife on election day will be known shortly. The skit was hilarious, as Vince proclaims “I hate politics.” Linda McMahon’s association with WWE has been a point of controversy in the 2010 Senate race in Connecticut.
Celebrities are always speaking out about their political views. With this midterm election, the celebrities may not have as much influence as they might think. Many endorsements and surprises with celebrities speaking out may have come too little, too late for many candidates.
Perhaps during this election cycle it will prove celebrity clout doesn’t mean as much anymore. Campaign finance spending may have something to do with it. Still, Snoop Dogg wants your vote on Prop 19. Word up.
Los Angeles Times, “Snoop Dogg joins campaign to legalize marijuana in California”, LATimes.com.
Los Angeles Times, “Proposition 19 backers turn to Jon Stewart, Colbert and Comedy Central with marijuana ads”, LATimes.com.
Fox News, “Oprah Becomes Latest Star to Lend Celebrity Endorsement to Stewart’s Rally”, FoxNews.com.
Yen, Hope and Calvin Woodward, “In election’s shadow, rally draws laughts, activism”, Yahoo! News.
Malcolm, Andrew, “Jon Stewart rally attendance about 215,000; breaks 19-year-old Metro ridership record”, LATimes.com.
Post Wire Services, “Vince McMahon uses WWE to stump for wife”, New York Post.