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Most celebrities are content just showing up places and getting paid, but for others that's not enough. Some celebrities want to use their spotlight to advance their political or social beliefs and throw their considerable weight behind their favorite projects or candidates.

Kerry Washington
1. Kerry Washington
Playing on a hit TV show set in Washington D.C. may have rubbed off on Kerry Washington. As Olivia Pope on ABC's "Scandal," she fixes political messes. In real life, Kerry volunteers her time for causes such as awareness and funding of programs related to cancer in women and violence against women and girls. She is also a member of the Creative Coalition.

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