When it comes to backing a particular political candidate or party, celebrities have a couple of advantages over the average citizen. Not only do they often have a platform, like a talk show, television appearance or magazine cover story, with which they can easily and widely disseminate their view points, but they also have a ton of cash to donate to their choice cause or politician.

Just as the election season comes to a full boil, we've rounded up a slideshow of 20 LGBT celebrities who have dropped some big bucks or attended fundraisers in hopes of seeing their preferred candidate elected. Have a look below and then sound off on how you feel about the relationship between Hollywood and Washington D.C. -- is it a good thing or a bad combination?

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  • Ellen DeGeneres

    The daytime talk show host, who is married to actress Portia de Rossi, <a href="http://images.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/fecimg/?11971796849" target="_hplink">gave $30,800 to the Democratic National Committee</a> and <a href="http://images.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/fecimg/?12950026222" target="_hplink">$5,000 to President Obama</a>. Both the President and the First Lady have been guests on DeGeneres's show.

  • Neil Patrick Harris

    The actor took time out of his busy schedule to co-host the <a href="http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/Obama-in-NYC-Thursday-for-Fundraisers-Traffic-Alerts-124379334.html" target="_hplink">Democratic National Committee's $1,250-a-ticket LGBT Gala</a> for President Obama last year.

  • Jane Lynch

    Jane Lynch <a href="http://articles.latimes.com/2012/jun/07/entertainment/la-et-mg-obama-lgbt-fundraiser-ryan-murphy-los-angeles" target="_hplink">attended Ryan Murphy's Obama fundraiser event in June</a>. She also hosted a <a href="http://obamafoodorama.blogspot.com/2012/06/tuesday-first-lady-michelle-obama-jane.html" target="_hplink">$5,000-a-plate fundraiser luncheon</a> with First Lady Michelle Obama in Chicago. One month later, the actress helped start LPAC, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/11/lpac-lesbian-super-pac-launches_n_1663789.html" target="_hplink">a political action committee that financially supports pro-lesbian politicians</a>. Other openly gay backers of the coalition include Billie Jean King and Chicago Cubs co-owner, Laura Ricketts.

  • Ricky Martin

    Since coming out in 2010, pop star Ricky Martin has been a vocal supporter of the LGBT community, including speaking out on Puerto Rico's <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/07/ricky-martin-speaks-out-a_n_1135016.html" target="_hplink">exclusion of gays in its hate crimes law</a>. Martin <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/14/obama-fundraiser-ricky-martin-lgbt-wall-street_n_1516001.html" target="_hplink">co-hosted a fundraising event at New York's Rubin Museum of Art for Obama in May</a>, shortly after the President's <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/09/obama-gay-marriage_n_1503245.html" target="_hplink">historic statement regarding his support</a> of marriage equality. Attendees turned up with the big bucks, shelling out anywhere from $5,000 to $35,800.

  • Wanda Sykes

    The lesbian comedian entertained President Obama and guests at the White House Correspondents' Dinner in 2009 and this fall she will be hosting a special, "Vote With Wanda Sykes," which will air on Logo. Sykes has also <a href="http://images.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/fecimg/?12972113005" target="_hplink">frequently donated to Barack Obama,</a> as well as the <a href="http://images.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/fecimg/?29993295304" target="_hplink">Democratic National Committee</a>.

  • Zachary Quinto

    The relatively <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/16/zachary-quinto-comes-out-gay_n_1013815.html" target="_hplink">freshly-out-of-the-closet actor</a> has donated to <a href="http://images.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/fecimg/?25971321496" target="_hplink">John Kerry in the past</a> and his latest contribution went to <a href="http://images.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/fecimg/?12952686120" target="_hplink">Barrack Obama in July</a>.

  • Chaz Bono

    The writer, activist and media personality <a href="http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/celebrities-hollywood-power-players-attend-334371" target="_hplink">attended the celebrity-stuffed Obama celebration</a> at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel in June with his mother, Cher. <a href="https://twitter.com/ChazBono/statuses/237953931563638784" target="_hplink">He recently tweeted</a>, "I have donated my time and money to ‪@BarackObama re-election, I hope you'll join me in doing the same."

  • Cynthia Nixon

    The actress, perhaps best known for playing Miranda on "Sex and the City," has spoken about <a href="http://www.freedomtomarry.org/blog/entry/video-cynthia-nixon-speaks-out-for-marriage-via-fight-back-new-york" target="_hplink">LGBT rights at rallies and events</a> and has frequently donated to the <a href="http://images.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/fecimg/?27950080333" target="_hplink">Democratic National Committee</a> and <a href="http://images.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/fecimg/?11972413583" target="_hplink">Barack Obama.</a>

  • Marc Jacobs

    Fashion Designer Marc Jacobs isn't one to shy away from politics -- in 2006 <a href="http://www.zombietime.com/marc_jacobs/" target="_hplink">one of his stores infamously displayed</a> "Worst President Ever!" (in reference to George W. Bush) in its windows. But now, fans of Jacobs (and the President) can show their support with a <a href="https://store.barackobama.com/obama-2012-store-essentials/obama-2012-store-bestsellers/marc-jacobs.html" target="_hplink">$45 "I Vote Obama," t-shirt</a>, which was created for Obama's <a href="https://store.barackobama.com/runway-to-win.html" target="_hplink">Runway to Win</a> fundraising initiative. Money raised from these shirts goes toward the Obama 2012 campaign.

  • Dustin Lance Black

    When Academy award-winner Dustin Lance Black won Best Original Screenplay in 2009 for his work on "Milk," he delivered a heartfelt acceptance speech on LGBT rights. Since then, Black has continued to vocalize his support for same-sex marriage. He wrote "8,"<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/31/prop-8-play-san-francisco_n_1726365.html" target="_hplink"> a play about the controversial Proposition 8 in California</a> that bans gay marriage in the state. After Obama affirmed his support for gay marriage, <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2012/06/05/politics/lgbt-obama-donors/index.html" target="_hplink">Black donated money</a> and spoke up and said, "We must show our appreciation now," using his Facebook to <a href="http://www.cnn.com/interactive/2012/05/politics/celebrity.endorsements/index.html" target="_hplink">urge people to give to the President's campaign</a>.

  • Suze Orman

    The celebrity finance guru is a frequent donator to the Democratic Party and has given money both to <a href="http://images.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/fecimg/?20020272362" target="_hplink">Hillary Clinton</a> and <a href="http://images.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/fecimg/?12970898824" target="_hplink">Barack Obama</a>.

  • Jesse Tyler Ferguson

    The "Modern Family" star was one of many LGBT celebrities at the Obama gala held at the <a href="http://www.radaronline.com/exclusives/2012/06/president-barack-obama-gay-fundraiser-los-angeles-cher-ellen-degeneres-julia" target="_hplink">Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel in June</a> and last fall <a href="http://www.advocate.com/news/daily-news/2011/09/27/president-obama-makes-west-hollywood-fundraising-stop" target="_hplink">he hosted a fundraiser</a> for the President in West Hollywood.

  • George Takei

    Most beloved for playing Sulu on "Star Trek," George Takei (pictured here with Dee Snyder) has a trek record (get it?) of donating to Democratic politicians including Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Rep. Mike Honda (D-Calif.) and <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/07/george-takei-star-trek-hawaii-senate-mazie-hirono_n_1496126.html" target="_hplink">Rep. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii)</a> In 2008, presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton received support from Takei and this year the openly-gay actor gave <a href="http://images.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/fecimg/?12972166635" target="_hplink">$5,000 to the Obama Victory Fund</a>.

  • Martina Navratilova

    In 2008 the lesbian tennis legend gave money to presidential hopefuls <a href="http://images.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/fecimg/?28931458180" target="_hplink">Hillary Clinton</a> and <a href="http://images.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/fecimg/?11972643791" target="_hplink">Barack Obama</a>. After Obama's historic May marriage equality announcement, Navratilova tweeted, "<a href="https://twitter.com/Martina/status/200411313946636288" target="_hplink">you are on the right side of history and a hero to so many!!!</a> It is amazing to feel fully validated as a citizen!"

  • Michael Kors

    The beloved designer and "Project Runway" judge is a long-time supporter of and donor to the Democratic Party and <a href="http://images.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/fecimg/?11972412547" target="_hplink">Democratic politicians like Barack Obama</a>. What's more, First Lady Michelle Obama <a href="http://fashionbombdaily.com/2011/09/26/wardrobe-query-first-lady-michelle-obamas-black-caucus-phoenix-awards-michael-kors-fall-2010-sequin-fishtail-skirt/" target="_hplink">wore one of Kors's gowns to the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Phoenix Awards</a> dinner two years ago in Washington D.C.

  • Sean Hayes

    Sean Hayes, of "Will And Grace" fame, donated to <a href="http://images.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/fecimg/?24962005010" target="_hplink">John Kerry's campaign</a> for president in 2004 and <a href="http://images.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/fecimg/?11972241939" target="_hplink">Barack Obama</a> in 2008. The actor can be seen in season two of the NBC-series "Smash."

  • Billie Jean King

    The tennis legend has donated to both <a href="http://images.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/fecimg/?28935236046" target="_hplink">Hillary Clinton</a> and <a href="http://images.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/fecimg/?12951664994" target="_hplink">Barack Obama</a> in the past (http://query.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/qind/) and in July <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/11/lpac-lesbian-super-pac-launches_n_1663789.html" target="_hplink">she helped found LPAC</a>, a pro-lesbian super PAC.

  • Tom Ford

    The fashion designer <a href="http://images.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/fecimg/?28020701987" target="_hplink">donated $2,300 to Obama in 2008</a> and will <a href="http://www.politico.com/blogs/burns-haberman/2012/09/anna-wintour-fundraisers-for-obama-in-england-paris-134101.html" target="_hplink">be co-hosting a fundraising event</a> with <em>Vogue</em> editor Anna Wintour and Obama advisor David Plouffe this month during London Fashion Week. The affair costs $15,000 a ticket.

  • Ryan Murphy

    "Glee" co-creator Ryan Murphy hosted a <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/11/ryan-murphy-barack-obama-fundraiser_n_1510006.html" target="_hplink">star-studded Obama fundraising dinner at his Los Angeles home in June</a>. The guest list included Julia Roberts, Jane Lynch and Reese Witherspoon. How much were tickets to this exclusive event? $25,000 to go stag and $40,000 for couples.

  • Alan Cumming

    The Scottish actor criticized Obama when "don't ask, don't tell" was in effect, <a href="http://www.towleroad.com/2010/10/alan-cumming-on-obama-hes-done-diddly-squat-for-gays.html" target="_hplink">saying he did "diddly squat."</a> But recently <a href="http://www.cnn.com/interactive/2012/05/politics/celebrity.endorsements/index.html" target="_hplink">Cumming gave the Obama campaign $1,000</a>.