March 13th, 2008
05:40 PM ET
14 years ago

Damon, Affleck team up for Obama

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=" Damon and Affleck are part of a new contest for Obama."]

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Matt Damon and Ben Affleck are teaming up for a new project, but this one probably won't lead to an Oscar.

The two actors are part of a new effort from to create a television ad in support of Barack Obama's bid for the White House. The liberal group, which endorsed the Illinois senator last month, is asking its 3.2 million members to create a 30 second campaign commercial that "shows what inspires them about the senator's candidacy."

Damon and Affleck, along with film director Oliver Stone and singer John Legend, are among the panel of judges.

"After eight years of President Bush campaigning on fear and war, people are feeling hopeful again. They're eager to talk about what inspires them about our country - and Senator Obama leading it,” Eli Pariser, Executive Director of MoveOn said. “Since creative and grassroots energy has helped power Barack Obama’s campaign from the start, this contest is a great way to deliver that message of hope to voters in Pennsylvania and across the nation.”

In a statement, Affleck said the competition is "a chance for everyone, from aspiring filmmakers to armchair pundits, to raise their voices to put Obama over the top."

MoveOn says it will announce the winner before the crucial Pennsylvania primary which takes place early in April. It says the winning ad will air on national television but has not yet decided when. The winner will also win a gift certificate for $20,000 in video equipment.

The group held a similar competition in 2004, asking members then to create a "Bush in 30 Seconds" campaign ad. The organization received 1,500 entries in that contest.

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soundoff (213 Responses)
  1. MattJC

    The last people I want telling how to vote are rich, famous people.

    March 13, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  2. C. Sharp

    . . . .Great Idea, from two fine actors and a legendary director. Its time to refocus on Senator Obama's powerful campaign message, which was threatened to be undermined
    by so much negativity in the media. Pennsylvania, catch the wave!

    YES WE CAN!!!!!!!
    Obama 08.

    March 13, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  3. Al

    Sounds like they are trying to outdo Jack. Well, Jack did it first, too bad.

    I used to like Matt, Ben not so much. But now I see them both as a little less bright than I thought they were. Just jumping on the Hollywood hip thing. Too bad. I thought they did better as the cool seme-outsiders.

    For the record - there is not one single voice in Hollywood that could ever tell me how to vote. I say save the money.

    March 13, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  4. DL

    Wow! Damen AND Affleck?!! Obama sure is bringing out the braintrust.

    March 13, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  5. mona

    Obama xeroxing again after Rob Reiner and Jack Nicholson video.
    Gosh, does the guy have an original though or what?

    March 13, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  6. Jdk

    It's so great that actors get involved in politics. They always know the right thing to do any they are all so smart! It's like duh, botox is great and gold is outpacing google stock and the dollar is crashing like crazy. Socialism is the jam too! It's like lets get the government to take care of us so we don't hurt ourselves.

    Didn't Ben Affleck say "A system of capitalism presumes sound money, not fiat money manipulated by a central bank. Capitalism cherishes voluntary contracts and interest rates that are determined by savings, not credit creation by a central bank."? Oh wait that was someone else that is not to be mentioned by the news media.

    If you don't understand that quote you probably don't understand why gas prices are so high and why you didn't get that big raise this year. The Fed just dumped $200b into regional banks. Smart people are gearing up to protect themselves from hyperinflation. Everyone else is gearing up for some celebrity endorsements of know-nothing politicians. Cheering the winner's name doesn't make you a winner too. Think.

    March 13, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |



    OBAMA WILL NOT WIN!!!!!!!!!!!

    GO HILLARY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 13, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  8. Jayson

    Does CNN really think that the average American cares who the various celebrities in Holywood are supporting? Especially when you factor in the fact that most of Obamas plans are just ideas and don't have any facts or figures to back them up or any explanations on where he plans to get billions of dollars to pay for all his new entitlement programs. If he actually thinks that taxing the rich will pay for it all he is just kidding himself since the rich have the ability and the mobility to go elsewhere and not deal with the mentality that the rich should foot the bill in this country while others pay nothing or actually get back more in tax money then they pay into the system.

    March 13, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  9. John

    Who cares what the movie folks think? Do they have some special insight? I don't like Hillary either but I am not in any way influenced by play-actors.

    March 13, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  10. The Austrian

    I see Bartleby and Loki have found their 13th Apostle...

    Why are celebrity endoresements so big? This election might as well be run by American Idol. It has become a popularity contest.

    March 13, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  11. Ivan, Chicago, Illinois

    Why is this story not on your home page instead of your morning story about what Pelosi said.

    March 13, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  12. Jen

    Goes to show that these influential people and the military personel that support Obama .... the higher majority of voters...

    We all cannot be wrong! There is too many that believe to be wrong.

    We are on the right path and I hope more join in and help with making a huge change in the way the government is being run.

    Why is Hillary not releasing her tax documents, why is she not releasing from the clinton library the archives of pardons and such during the clintons era, Why is she not releasing the archives of earmarks in which she had over 300 million dollars in taxpayers money go to her? Where did all that go? That is ALOT of money! Three times more than Obama!

    Obama released his tax forms, he has released all that is on him, he has released his archives of his 98 million earmarks of taxpayers money that helped do things for Illinois.

    Lets vote for change in how the white house and the way tax payers money is being spent. Quit Letting it go to politicians and let it go to our country, our soldiers, our economy, our nation, our poor. Lets get it right this time!

    Obama/Edwards 08

    March 13, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  13. Nobillary Andobama

    That's a real shocker there!....Hollywood celebs stumping for their favorite liberal.

    I wonder how long until the lefties who run the studios have a major motion picture out on Obama???

    It will be titled "Yes we can!....turn America into a quasi-socialist state"

    I think Will Smith would be a great Obama???

    March 13, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  14. Manuel TX


    This is really exciting.

    March 13, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  15. Larry Buchas

    Can't wait to see it. Barack is the star of the future and his time is NOW!

    March 13, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  16. Kit

    I would just like to thank everyone who is support of Obama I pray that he win the nomination but if not I have been a democrat all my life but if Obama is some how cheated out of this nomination (revote in Florida) I will for the first time in my 43 years vote republican I would much prefer McCain any day over Hillary........

    March 13, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  17. Mike

    THATS IT!! Game over. Even Hollywood has deserted the Hillary campaign. She might as well cash it in.

    March 13, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  18. JP

    I think that the close tie between Obama and Clinton is a big show to begin with. It is entertaining for people to read and watch the two Democrats duke it out. The media certainly has made a lot of money covering both Obama and Clinton on their campaign trails. There is even a possibility of two states having a redo of votes with mail-in-votes, which I think should be done, since everyone’s vote should count. Both candidates should be allowed to campaign up until and June, then have a revote for Florida and Michigan voters. Until then, this "movie" with these two will probably keep playing out until the Democratic National Convention.

    March 13, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  19. vanchava

    Celebrities for Obama

    Obama/Edwards 08

    March 13, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  20. Long-term Memory

    Hollywood support is not a positive thing for Democrats seeking to engage Independent and Republican voters. We learned that in 2000 and 2004.

    March 13, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  21. zina

    What a great idea. I do hope that the Clinton supporters will not trash this posting. It's not knocking Hillary, they just want to give voice to the millions of people that support Obama's candidacy. You guys, OBAMA IS NOT MAKING THE VIDEO HIMSELF. THESE ARE HIS SUPPORTERS. We are all democrats. Let's respect each other for that.

    Obama '08

    March 13, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  22. Michael, North Carolina





    March 13, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  23. ShameShameHill




    March 13, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  24. carlos

    who gives a craps about these celebretards...Ha!

    obama, talk about your spiritual advisor and mentor...yes, the sexist biggot....the man that inspired your book , married you and baptized your 2 kids...hmmmmm....why don't you reject and denounce him too...ha! oh, and "fire" him from your team....

    March 13, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  25. Texas4Obama

    CNN why are you reporting on actors instead of reporting on the BIG story that happened yesterday???

    Yesterday Senator Obama had a HUGE press conference with NINE Generals and Admirals endorsing him and saying that they thought he would be the BEST Commander in Chief of the United States of America.

    There has not been one word on CNN about this.

    Come on CNN play fair.

    March 13, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
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