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Why Celebrities Invade Washington -- PICTURES

March 14, 2012

From Brando to the Baldwins, a look back at stars who have fought for a cause.

Britain's Prince Harry helps plant an October Glory Maple tree during a reception for wounded soldiers at the British Ambassador's Residence in Washington, Monday, May 7, 2012. The wounded soldiers participated in the Warrior Games which is an event hosted every year by the U.S. Olympic Committee.((AP Photo/Susan Walsh, Pool))

Actor George Clooney and Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry, D-Mass., answer questions from reporters on Wednesday, March 14, 2012, on Capitol Hill. Clooney was to testify before the committee's hearing on Sudan. (Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP)

Actor Kevin Spacey was on the Hill on April 5, 2011, advocating for government funding for the arts. Spacey and actor Alec Baldwin spoke at the Congressional Arts Kick Off on Arts Advocacy Day. The eldest Baldwin brother isn't the only member of his clan to take up a cause (see following).


In 2008, Stephen Baldwin teamed up with conservative radio host Kevin McCullough to launch a radio show. Both helped organize a youth lounge for young conservatives during the 2009 Conservative Political Action Committee conference. Click to watch a National Journal interview with the pair.

William Baldwin, actor and president of the Creative Coalition, testifies during a Senate Governmental Affairs Committee hearing on entertainment ratings on Capitol Hill, on Wednesday, July 25, 2001.(Kenneth Lambert/AP)

Actress Elizabeth Taylor, who passed away in March 2011, was a longtime advocate for HIV/AIDS awareness, prevention, and treatment.(Mark Wilson/Newsmakers)


Actress Lauren Potter, from the FOX show Glee, takes part in The Arc's news conference at the National Press Club on June 14, 2011. The Arc was advocating for the intellectually and developmentally disabled and their families, who have been particularly hard-hit by budget cuts and economic strain.(Kevin Wolf/AP Images for The Arc)

Television host and comedian Stephen Colbert of Comedy Central's The Colbert Report descended on the Federal Election Commission on June 30, 2011, for a hearing in which the commissioners ruled that Colbert could use funds from his parent company Viacom to create advertisements for his independent expenditure-only political action committee.(Chet Susslin)

Actor Kevin Costner testifies before the House Homeland Security Committee about lessons from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, on Capitol Hill on Sept. 22, 2010.(Alex Brandon/AP)


Singer Jennifer Lopez and her husband, Marc Anthony, wait for President Obama to arrive at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute annual awards gala in Washington on Sept. 16, 2009. Lopez and Anthony met with then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif, and members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus to discuss education in the Latino community and college-affordability legislation.(Gerald Herbert/AP)

Actor Pierce Brosnan, who is also a global ambassador of whale-conservation campaigns for the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), left, walks with White House assistant chef Sam Kass outside of the West Wing of the White House on May 19, 2009. Brosnan spoke at a Washington reception hosted by IFAW promoting whale conservation.(CHARLES DHARAPAK/AP)

Documentary filmmaker Michael Moore talks about the state of the U.S. health care system, joined by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, left, and actress Yvette Freeman, right front, who played a nurse on the TV series ER, at a news conference outside Los Angeles City Hall on June 26, 2007. Moore also spoke at a March 2009 Senate Finance Committee hearing on Troubled Asset Relief Program oversight. Capitalism: A Love Story, his film on the financial crisis, debuted later that year.(REED SAXON/AP)


Actor Ted Danson, center, gets help from his wife Mary Steenburgen, left, and Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., in reading a question from the audience for Clinton as she attends a “Hillary Live” fundraising event in Beverly Hills, Calif., Thursday, April 3, 2008. Before the BP spill put the spotlight on the issue, actor Ted Danson testified in February 2009 at a House Natural Resources Committee hearing on offshore oil drilling.(KEVORK DJANSEZIAN/AP)

Christy Turlington Burns, CARE Advocate for Maternal Health, applauds Rep. Lois Capps (D-CA) introduction of the Global MOMS Act in the U.S. House of Representatives.(AMANDA LUCIDON/PRNewsFoto/AP)

Actor Marlon Brando, right, accompanies civil rights marchers at an all-white housing tract in Torrance, Calif., on July 27, 1963, as a counterdemonstrator, who identifies himself as Ralph Forbes, carries an anti-Brando sign at left. Brando laughed briefly at the sign, then ignored Forbes, as the marchers protested the alleged refusal of the tract's developer to sell homes to African Americans. Brando also attended a civil rights rally on August 28, 1963, in Washington. Brando was an advocate for African-American and Native-American rights.(DAVID F. SMITH/AP)

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