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The paper describes theoretical and empirical aspects of celebrity endorsement in political communication. Definition of celebrity endorsement laid out in commercial marketing is adopted and adjusted to political communication. Various types of celebrity endorsements and their examples in Polish electoral campaigns are then described. The paper presents theoretical models of celebrity endorsement effects, such as: source models, meaning transfer theory, audience intensity model, cognitive shortcut model and agenda setting effect of celebrity endorsement. The case of Oprah Winfrey endorsment of Barack Obama in 2007 primaries is discussed as
a source of empirical evidence of impact of celebrity endorsement in political communication.