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The United Stars of America

Nov. 4 2008, Published 1:21 p.m. ET

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Move over, Congress! As this election season has shown, celebrities think they can make the world a better place! And it's not just Oprah hosting the rally that put Barack Obama on the national map.

"Since the first Free Tibet Concert in 1996 -- which raised $800,000 for Tibetan Independence -- there has been an enormous jump in celebrities taking initiative," reveals a well-known Hollywood philanthropist. "That has been particularly true in 2008."

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Just last week, Matt Damon backed poor children around the world by co-hosting a rewarding OneXOne charity event in San Fran. This, after Damon flew to Haiti to aid people ravaged by the hurricane season back in September.

"I don't expect anybody to know who the hell I am," admitted mighty Matt, acknowledging Haiti's limited supplies probably doesn't include Matt Damon movies. He just wanted to do something to call media attention to their plight.

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When Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005, dozens of celebrities promptly donated $1 million each to fix flooded New Orleans communities. But it was Brad Pitt who started the "Make It Right Foundation" which helps build sustainable housing in New Orleans' hard-hit Lower Ninth Ward.

Meanwhile, Bill Gates, who turned 53 last week, said he has arrangements in his will to leave a cool $58 billion to charity.

"I want to make a positive contribution to the world," Gates told press.

Even Leonardo DiCaprio has a website dedicated to bettering our world with tips and, yes, to plug for his eco-friendly flick, 11th Hour.

If they swapped places, you think Capitol Hill would make better movies than Body of Lies?



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