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BEST OF 2012: Our Top 5 Political Ads Of The Year
December 24, 2012
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With the U.S. presidential election campaign dominating much of the news in the days and weeks leading up to November, there was no shortage of political ads.

But unlike in days gone by, the ads aren't just the work of the campaign teams with the usual 30 second attack spot.

Now, more than ever, celebrities are starring in political ads that are produced by people outside the campaign teams.

And the people behind the scenes are coming up with all sorts of clever ways to get their message across - to the point of essentially making mini-movies.

Here are our top 5 political ads of the year. Click the links to visit the original posts.

Wake The F*** Up, starring Samuel L. Jackson

A group of Obama supporters put together this ad, inspired by the reading Jackson did last year the "children's book" 'Go The F*** To Sleep'.

In the ad, a young girl tries to convince her apathetic family that it's important to vote for Obama again. And she gets some help from Jackson.

A warning about some of the language.

The Cast Of The West Wing Reunite

Everyone from Martin Sheen and Allison Janney to Bradley Whitford and Lily Tomlin are part of this ad.

It's in support of Bridget Mary McCormack, who ran as a non-partisan candidate for the Michigan State Supreme Court. She's also the sister of former West Wing cast member Mary McCormack.

The ad uses the same storytelling style made famous by the show, and gets in some great lines including an 'Apocalypse Now' reference by Sheen.

A Brilliant Campaign Ad From Steve Martin

In this ad, Martin campaigns for his friend and Nebraska Senate candidate Bob Kerrey, while proclaiming to be a home crafts expert.

Martin endorses Kerrey saying he is a man who "cares about the people of Nebraska" and who "is sane."

Along the way, an arm pops in holding up cards highlighting Kerrey's good qualities.

The Canada Party For President Of The United States

Created by political satirists Brian Calvert and Chris Cannon, this ad makes the case that Canada should be elected as the next President.

They say they wanted to give Americans a real choice in their election. A warning about some of the language.

Your First Time, starring Lena Dunham

In this ad, Dunham - from the HBO series 'Girls' - gives advice to first-time voters (virgins, if you will).

She says "You want to do it with a great guy... who cares about whether you get health care insurance; specifically, whether you get birth control."

And she says when the time comes... to vote, it's "super uncool" to say you weren't ready.

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