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On Dec. 5, the Obama reelection campaign circulated a list of more than 190 A-list celebrities and businesspeople that it hopes will help spread the president's reelection message to voters this year. The list includes country artists Lady Antebellum and The Band Perry, among others. The list's title—"Confirmed and Passed Surrogates"—is puzzling, as many celebrities listed have not signed on or even been contacted in regards to helping in President Obama's reelection campaign.
Reps for both Lady Antebellum and The Band Perry say it isn't likely that either band will join the campaign. "The members of Lady Antebellum did not submit their name for inclusion on the surrogate list for Obama's campaign," their publicist said in a statement to The Tennessean ."Your request for confirmation comes as a surprise to me because the band has never commented on their political affiliations nor do they plan to in the future."
A spokesperson for The Band Perry, which performed during Country Music: In Performance at the White House on Nov. 21, said the group hasn’t endorsed anyone for president and isn’t likely to.
"This was a wish list of people and groups who may be asked to participate in a campaign event," Addie Whisenant, a spokeswoman for the Obama campaign, said. "Not everyone on this list has been contacted or agreed to help the campaign. We've already received robust support and participation from surrogates across the country, and that will only ramp up in 2012."
In addition to Lady A and The Band Perry, the wish list includes actresses Jessica Alba, Whoopi Goldberg and Anne Hathaway, CEO Warren Buffett, NBA player Grant Hill, Rapper Jay-Z (though not his superstar singer wife Beyoncé) and media mogul Oprah Winfrey.