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Ref 74 gets $25,000 from Brad Pitt

The campaign to pass same-sex marriage in Washington state got a contribution Wednesday that is far from it's biggest, but may be from one of its most celebrated donors: Actor Brad Pitt.

And you thought he was busy making perfume commercials.

Pitt recently gave $100,000 to the Washington, D.C., based Human Rights Campaign, which divided that among the four states where same-sex marriage campaigns are being waged: Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington.

It's like one of those public radio pledge drive match arrangements. Pitt is promising to match contributions from other donors. HRC says he sent this message by e-mail: “If you're like me, you don't want to have to ask yourself on the day after the election, what else could I have done?”

Angelina, Brad Visit White House

Actress Angelina Jolie seen in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington on Wednesday, during a meeting with President Barack Obama. Story on White House visit by Angelina & Brad Pitt here. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Question: Why is Angelina Jolie so popular? It can't be her work as Tomb Raider Lara Croft. Is it her beauty? Her marriage to Brad Pitt? What? And/Or: How much does it help presidents to be seen with popular entertainers and movie stars?