Former first lady Michelle Obama has launched a voter registration group with a handful of anti-Trump celebrities such as Lin Manuel-Miranda.
Also part of the drive are Tom Hanks, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, singer-songwriter Janelle Monáe, and basketball star Chris Paul.
“Voting is the only way to ensure that our values and priorities are represented in the halls of power,” Michelle Obama said in a statement.
“And it’s not enough to just vote for president every four years,” she also said. “We all have to vote in every single election: for mayor, governor, school board, state legislature and Congress. The leaders we elect to these offices help determine just about every aspect of our lives and our democracy. So the future of our families, our communities and our country belongs to those of us who show up, cast our votes, and make our voices heard.”
The group released a video about its effort — see it here:
Along with Hollywood celebrities, the group is headed by many former Obama White House staffers, such as Valerie Jarrett (former senior adviser to President Obama) and Pete Rouse (former senior adviser and interim White House chief of staff), Politico reported.
The effort has a reported budget of $8 million; the group is planning star-studded events heading into the midterm elections this year.
Events are already scheduled in Boise, Idaho, and Houston, Texas, in September.
Considering those involved, it’s not difficult to see what this campaign actually is — an opportunity for Democrats to once again try to use celebrity and status in their fight against President Donald Trump.