A list of potential celebrity endorsers given to campaign donors leaked to Nashville newspaper the Tennessean last week.
Among the 194 names: will.i.am and Black Eyed Peas bandmate Fergie, Arcade Fire, India.Arie, Sara Bareilles, Jay-Z, Counting Crows, Josh Groban, Alicia Keys, Jamie Foxx, John Legend, Adam Levine, Ricky Martin and Chris Cornell, as well as Hollywood and political heavyweights ranging from George Clooney to Emanuel Rahm.
Several artists have said they want no part of it, with Lady Antebellum’s publicist telling Entertainment Weekly, “The members of Lady Antebellum did not submit their name for inclusion on the surrogate list for Obama’s campaign… The band has never commented on their political affiliations nor do they plan to in the future.” The Band Perry also announced that they hadn’t made an endorsement.
“This was a wish list of people and groups who may be asked to participate in a campaign event,” campaign spokesperson Addie Whisenant told the Tennessean. “Not everyone on this list has been contact or agreed to help the campaign.”