Hollywood actors pose for Obama campaign social media drive

By Eric Johnson
September 21, 2012

President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign is launching a “celebrity portrait shot” social media drive, a source close to the campaign said, drawing again on its base of Hollywood supporters to drum up enthusiasm for the Democratic incumbent ahead of the Nov. 6 election.

The source said that the initiative would bring between 20 and 30 actors – such as KaDee Strickland from medical drama “Private Practice,” Ashley Fink of TV musical series “Glee,” and Penny Marshall of the classic sitcom “Laverne & Shirley” – to a production studio in Culver City, California to be photographed in black and white for roughly 15 minutes on Friday.

The portraits will be blasted out over social media websites, like Twitter, with links to the Obama campaign’s website, where supporters can sign up to volunteer for or donate to the Democratic incumbent’s re-election drive.

“President Obama needs to be allowed to continue the seeds he has planted in his first four years of office,” state marketing materials for the initiative, called “Keep it Growing.”

“[The actors] are all going to be holding grass leaves” to reflect the theme, and they will wear black shirts and dark jeans or pants, the source said.

“We felt compelled to band together and do what it is we all do to generate votes for his re-election,” according to “Keep it Growing” materials signed by producer Denny Kennedy, photographer Andrew Southam, and designer Patrick Dillon, among others.

Obama, an incumbent Democrat locked in a tough re-election fight against Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney, has repeatedly looked to Hollywood to help fill his campaign coffers and excite supporters.

Obama raked in millions of dollars from a West Coast fundraiser at the home of American movie star George Clooney in May. In March, his campaign released a documentary film narrated by Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks about Obama’s first three years in the White House.

Photo: President Obama arrives at Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, California, aboard Marine One, before attending a fundraiser at George Clooney’s home in Los Angeles on May 10, 2012. REUTERS/Larry Downing

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