Posts Tagged ‘Celebrity Lobbyists’

US Olympic Committee heads to the Hill

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011 by Vbhotla

The USOC will pair up with the Congressional Olympic and Paralympic Caucus today at 1pm to host a free-throw contest in room 2226 of the Rayburn House Office Building.  The contest, which was scheduled to coincide with the beginning of March Madness, will raise awareness about US Olympic Committee programs and their impact on Team USA’s success.

Joining Congressional Olympic and Paralympic Caucus founders and co-chairs Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.),  Rep. Jim Langevin (D-R.I.), Rep. Dave Reichert (R-Wash.), and Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-Colo.) will be several Olympic and Paralympic champions.

Olympic gold winners Jackie Joyner-Kersee (track & field), Christian Laettner (men’s basketball), Evan Lysacek (figure skating), Shawn Johnson (women’s gymnastics), Teresa Edward (women’s basketball), and Andy Yohe live sex free web cam (sled hockey) will join the Congressmen and staffers on the court.  Paralympic track and field athletes April Holmes (gold), Marlon Shirley (gold), Lex Gillette (silver) and  Carlos Leon (wounded veteran) will also participate, along with fellow paralympians William “Spanky” Gibson (USOC Paralympic Military Program Athlete), and Alana Nichols, who has won gold medals in skiing and basketball.

USOC CEO Scott Blackmun said via the event’s official press release, “Olympians and Paralympians are a special type of people, committed to ideas like excellence, friendship and respect. I encourage anyone able, to come test their skills against some of America’s greatest role models.”

There has been some speculation about which Congressman will win the competition, but insiders say Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.) has the competition locked up.

George Clooney: Hollywood front man and…lobbyist?

Monday, January 10th, 2011 by Vbhotla

Known for his role in some of Hollywood’s top blockbusters, George Clooney is no stranger to Washington.  While Clooney himself is not actually a registered lobbyist, he has visited the White House to discuss his favorite issue: the genocide in Darfur.  Just over a month after President Obama was inaugurated, Clooney visited the president and Vice President Biden to discuss the crisis in the region.

While not as outwardly vocal as other celebrity lobbyists, including Lady Gaga, Clooney, through “Not on Our Watch,” a monitoring organization he co-founded along with fellow Ocean’s trilogy actors Don Cheadle and Matt Damon, and Brad Pitt, David Pressman, and Jerry Weintraub, seeks “to focus global attention and resources towards putting an end to mass atrocities around the world,” according to the organization’s website.

The organization is a grassroots organization, urging citizens to contact elected officials, including President Obama, and encourage the US to take action on these issues.

Celebs Lobby Against DADT

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010 by Vbhotla

This week, a federal appeals court struck down an earlier ruling repealing the military’s long-standing “Don’t Ask,

Lady Gaga uses her international stardom to speak out against "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."

Don’t Tell” policy.  Time magazine reports that the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, the court that stayed the ban on openly gay military personnel, is “regarded as one of the most liberal in the land.”  Tell that to Lt. Dan Choi and other gay and lesbian soldiers ousted by the military recently.

Lady Gaga, an openly bisexual pop star, has led the charge of celebrities fighting DADT.  She has been the most vocal advocate on the subject, it seems, pulling stunts like wearing a meat dress to symbolize her belief that if not repealed, the policy reduces the LGBT rights to equal those allotted a piece of meat, and recording a seven minute advocacy video.

Russel Simmons also joined the fight, penning an open letter to Pres. Obama for Huffington Post, urging him to “fix” the policy, and “take the fight to the right.”

Interestingly, neither Lady Gaga nor Russell Simmons has filed an LD-1 or -2 form, making them merely advocates, and not officially lobbyists.  Unless, of course, they are lobbying and think their celebrity status will save them from repercussions related to not filing.

Other entities embroiled in the fight against DADT include the American Nurses Association and the  American Bar Association.

The changing of Congress following yesterday’s election is expected to play a major part in the future of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” legislation.

UPDATED: Celebrity Lobbyist Alert

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010 by Brittany

Tom Colicchio, judge of Top Chef DC, will be heading to Capitol Hill this Thursday to lobby on behalf of the Improving Nutrition for America’s Children Act,” sponsored by Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.).  (PDF here).

This visit comes on the heels of last week’s Top Chef DC competition of creating a healthy school lunch that was on budget (which is ridiculously low), kid friendly and healthy. Not an easy task.

Cheers to Chef Colicchio for lobbying for healthy and affordable meals for kids in the US.