From Honey Boo Boo to Lindsay Lohan, it seems as though every person with the slightest amount of exposure is getting in on the celebrity endorsement game for the 2012 presidential election.

But before there was Lena Dunham's controversial ad and Meat Loaf's rally performance, there was Frank Sinatra's "Jack Pack" for JFK and the Helen Hayes-organized "Celebrities for Nixon Committee." Celebrity endorsements stretch all the way back to the 1920 presidential election. Republican Warren Harding beat Democrat James Cox in a landslide victory of 404 electoral votes to Cox's 127, thanks in part to Harding's then-novel notion that celebrities could matter in an election.

Al Jolson, then heralded as "The World's Greatest Entertainer," for his singing, acting, and comedic abilities, lent his celebrity to Harding's campaign, even singing a tune called "Harding, You're the Man for Us." In 1924 he did the same for Calvin Coolidge, singing "Keep Cool with Coolidge."

In the 92 years since, celebrity endorsements have become commonplace - everyone from actors to singers to athletes find a moment to declare their political affiliations. While it has become easier than ever for household names to support a candidate through Twitter and YouTube, it turns out that famous people sharing their political views is hardly a new development. Click through below for a look at some celebrities who have endorsed candidates in past elections, including the likes of Michael Jackson and Woody Allen.

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  • Frank Sinatra

    Sinatra was a major John F. Kennedy supporter in 1960, Hubert Humphrey supporter, and later Ronald Reagan supporter.

  • Bing Crosby

    Crosby stood by Wendell Willkie in his race against FDR.

  • Dick Powell

    Powell led a group of Hollywood Republicans in support of Richard Nixon in 1960.

  • Bob Hope

    Hope was a Nixon man.

  • Helen Hayes

    Hayes formed the formed the "Celebrities for Nixon Committee" with George Murphy.

  • Gary Cooper

    Cooper was a Coolidge and Hoover supporter before campaigning for Thomas Dewey.

  • Harry Belafonte

    Belafonte appeared in advertisements for JFK.

  • Alan Arkin

    Arkin backed Gene McCarthy

  • Robert Montgomery

    Montgomery supported Nixon.

  • Janet Leigh

    Leigh was a Kennedy woman.

  • Cesar Romero and Ann Miller

    Romero supported Nixon.

  • Ella Fitzgerald

    Fitzgerald lent her celebrity to JFK campaigns.

  • Mary Pickford

    Pickford was an early celebrity campaigner with her endorsement of Warren Harding.

  • Hugh O'Brian

    O'Brian was a Nixon supporter.

  • Lena Horne

    Horne signed on for JFK campaigns

  • Jackie Gleason

    Gleason publicly endorsed Nixon.

  • John Wayne

    Wayne backed Nixon in 1960 and 1968.

  • Anne Jackson

    Jackson supported Gene McCarthy in 1968

  • Connie Francis

    Francis recorded a campaign ad for Nixon.

  • Gene Kelly

    Kelly supported JFK by appearing in his ads, and later supported RFK as well.

  • George Jessel

    Jessel supported JFK.

  • Rosalind Russell

    Russell backed Nixon.

  • Dick Van Dyke

    Dick Van Dyke backed Gene McCarthy

  • Dean Martin

    Martin was a proud member of the "Jack Pack" supporting JFK

  • Jimmy Stewart

    Stewart supported Richard Nixon.

  • Sammy Davis, Jr.

    Davis was a Kennedy man through and through, supporting JFK in 1960 and Robert F. Kennedy

  • Joey Bishop

    Bishop was a JFK supporter.

  • George Murphy

    Murphy and Helen Hayes formed the "Celebrities for Nixon Committee."

  • Peter Lawford

    Lawford, who at one point was be married to JFK's sister, was a Kennedy man.

  • Judy Garland

    JFK had the support of Judy Garland

  • Lloyd Nolan

    Nolan joined a telethon for Nixon

  • Eli Wallach

    Wallach supported Gene McCarthy

  • Robert Young

    Young was part of the telethon for Nixon

  • Milton Berle

    Berle also supported JFK and appeared in ads for the candidate.

  • Woody Allen

    Allen supported McCarthy in 1986

  • Marilyn Monroe

    Monroe famously supported Kennedy in more ways than one

  • Tony Curtis

    Curtis backed Kennedy.

  • Shirley MacLaine

    MacLaine supported both John and Robert Kennedy.

  • Nat King Cole

    Cole supported JFK.

  • Henry Fonda

    Fonda supported JFK and appeared in his ads

  • Myrna Loy

    Loy joined the cast of JFK's campaign ads and later supported Gene McCarthy

  • Ginger Rogers

    Rogers participated in a telethon for Nixon

  • Robert Vaughn

    Vaughn supported anti-war candidate Senator Eugene McCarthy in 1968

  • Rod Serling

    Gene McCarthy had Serling's support

  • Barbra Streisand In Concert - New York, NY

    Streisand was a Gene McCarthy and Hillary Clinton woman.

  • Burt Lancaster

    Lancaster supported Gene McCarthy, George McGovern, and Michael Dukakis.

  • Candice Bergen

    Candice Bergen saw promise in RFK

  • Zsa Zsa Gabor

    Gabor backed Ronald Reagan.

  • Simon and Garfunkel

    Simon & Garfunkel threw their support behind Gene McCarthy.

  • Lauren Bacall

    Lauren Bacall endorsed Adlai Stevenson and RFK.

  • Tony Randall

    Randall supported Gene McCarthy

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