These Are the Candidates Boston Celebrities Are Supporting for President

From Ben Affleck to Uzo Aduba, local celebrities are already showing their support for whom they want in the White House in 2016.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton applauds actor Ben Affleck, right, during the Clinton Global Initiative's annual awards on Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, in New York. Clinton and Joe Biden appeared together during the event. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

Hillary Rodham Clinton applauded actor Ben Affleck during the Clinton Global Initiative’s annual awards on September 25, 2013, in New York. Photo by Craig Ruttle / AP

As the 2016 presidential campaign continues to heat up, Boston-area stars are starting to show their support for the various candidates still in the race.

Whether it’s writing checks or giving shoutouts on social media, local celebrities are using everything at their disposal to let people know where they are placing their allegiances this election season.

From Bernie Sanders to Ben Carson, check out the candidates who are being backed by some of the city’s famous faces.

Hillary Clinton

Matt Damon: According to a recent FEC report, the Boston-bred actor is one of several Hollywood A-listers on Clinton’s list of donors. He also bluntly told the Hollywood Reporter last month, “I’m supporting Hillary.”

Ben Affleck: Politico reports that the other Good Will Hunting star is also a fan of the Democratic candidate and donated the max of $2,700 to her campaign. Prior to the recent donation, he told Playboy in 2013 that he was excited by the idea of Clinton as president.

Amy Poehler: The Twitter account for Poehler’s online community Smart Girls tweeted out a post supporting Clinton, which included a gif of the Massachusetts native imitating the presidential hopeful on Saturday Night Live.

James Taylor: The Boston-born music legend told the New York Post in May that he is backing the Clinton campaign.

Meghan Trainor: The musician attended a fundraising event for the candidate in May, which also featured an appearance by Beyoncé.

Uzo Aduba: The Orange Is the New Black star simply tweeted out “Hillary” in April before appearing in a campaign ad for the candidate along with fellow Clinton supporter Lena Dunham.

Bernie Sanders

Seth MacFarlane: The New England native and Ted director recently held a fundraiser for Sanders in Los Angeles.

Ben Foster: The Boston-born actor is one of the stars named on the “Artists and Cultural Leaders for Bernie Sanders” list on the candidate’s website, alongside supporters such as Margaret Cho, Adam McKay, and Spotlight actor Mark Ruffalo.

Jon Foster: The actor and musician, who is also Ben’s younger brother as well as Steven Tyler’s son-in-law, is on the list of Sanders supporters too.

Eliza Dushku: The Watertown native and former Tru Calling star has posted a lot about Sanders on Twitter and is an adamant supporter of the Vermont senator.

Martin O’Malley

Dropkick Murphys: The Quincy Celtic punk band gave their stamp of approval after O’Malley used their hit “I’m Shipping Up to Boston” at an event.

Donald Trump

Ernie Boch Jr.: The local billionaire and car dealer not only held a fundraiser for Trump, but he also donated so much money to the presidential candidate that the campaign actually had to return some of the money.

Tom Brady (sort of):  After admitting that he owned a Trump hat, the Patriots star quarterback seemingly doubled down on his support for the Republican presidential hopeful by saying it “would be great” to see him in the White House. Brady eventually backed off of his comments, however, he recently reiterated to the Associated Press that Trump is a “great friend.”

Matt Light: The former Patriots offensive tackle showed up to a Trump fundraiser in Boston hosted by Boch Jr. over the summer and told Poltico that he had no reason to get into politics before The Apprentice star got into the race. “Between Ernie Boch and Donald Trump, you couldn’t ask for a better party,” Light said.

Ben Carson

Curt Schilling (sort of): The controversial former Red Sox pitcher hasn’t definitively backed Carson yet, however, he’s posted a lot about the Republican presidential candidate on social media. Schilling took some heat for sharing an image on Facebook (which was quickly deleted) that defended Carson’s statement on why a Muslim shouldn’t be president. He also recently tweeted a photo of the candidate’s book One Nation.


Carly Fiorina

Donnie Wahlberg: While The New Kids on the Block member didn’t give an outright endorsement for Fiorina, he did cause a stir over the summer for his positive tweet about the candidate following her appearance on Meet the Press.

Everyone else

Sorry Lincoln Chafee, Jeb Bush, and the rest of the Republican and Democratic candidates, but it doesn’t appear that Boston stars are willing to publicly show their support for the remaining presidential hopefuls just yet.