11 Authors Who Have Written Political Checks This Election

These famous authors aren't just penning books, they're penning checks.

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If these authors' checks are any guide, pens truly are mightier than the sword in politics.

Writers typically have reputations for staying out of the public view and letting their books do the talking. However several big-name scribes have put their names, and their hard-earned cash, into this year's election.

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In July, several New York authors hosted an "Artists and Writers for Obama" benefit featuring "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" author Jonathan Safran Foer and "The Corrections" author Jonathan Franzen.

Here's a list of eleven authors, including Franzen and Foer, who've put their book royalties towards the 2012 election:

Author James Patterson contemplates a question during an interview at his home in Palm Beach, Fla. Patterson has published 35 books, sold 100 million copied and grossed $1 billion in sales.

James Patterson
- The world's top-selling writer, according to CNN, the thriller novelist is a major conservative donor. Patterson has given $19,000 to a half dozen Republican politicians, including Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, as well as $30,800 to the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

The final book of the

Daniel Handler aka 'Lemony Snicket'
– The writer of the "Series of Unfortunate Events" books has given Obama $5,000, Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren $250, and the Democratic Party $30,800.

Author Toni Morrison and her award-winning novel,

Toni Morrison
– The author, who won a Nobel Prize and a Pulitzer Prize for her book "Beloved," has given the $5,000 maximum to Obama as well as $10,500 to the Democratic Party this cycle.

NBC co-host David Gregory, left, talks with financial wiz Suze Orman on the

Suze Orman
– The personal finance guru has given the maximum $5,000 to Obama and $61,200 to the Democratic Party.

Novelist Jonathan Franzen and the cover of his newest novel

Jonathan Franzen
– The National Book Award winner and Pulitzer Prize finalist gave the $5,000 maximum to the president last year.

Children's book author and illustrator Maurice Sendak, who died May 8, 2012 at age 83, shown next to the cover of his popular children's book,

Maurice Sendak
– Late author of "Where the Wild Things Are" gave $500 to Obama last year.

Author Stephen King smiles as he participates in a panel at Comic Con in New York.

Stephen King
– Literary horror master, whose books include "Carrie" and "The Shining," has given $5,000 to Obama, $30,400 to the Democratic Party, and $18,000 to other Democratic causes.

Author Judy Blume signs a copy of her book

Judy Blume
– Author of "Superfudge," "Freckle Juice," and "Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret" has given Obama $2,500 and Elizabeth Warren $1,000 this cycle.

Jonathan Safran Foer, author of `Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close,' shown at right next to an image of Thomas Horn portraying protagonist Oskar Schell in the book's film adaptation of the same name.

Jonathan Safran Foer
– The "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" and "Everything Is Illuminated" author gave $2,500 to Obama this year.

Writer John Grisham holds a copy of his book “A Time to Kill,” his first book, which went on to sell more than 15 million copies after the success of his second book, “The Firm.”

John Grisham
– The "Time To Kill" author, who perfected the modern legal thriller en route to selling 250 million books, gave $5,000 to Students for a New American Politics, which bills itself as the nation's largest student-run PAC.

Author Deepak Chopra gestures during an interview. Chopra has made a career of purveying hope, earning an estimated $10-$15 million by selling 20 million copies of his 40 books and operating a successful wellness center in California.

Deepak Chopra
– The medical physician and best-selling writer has given Obama the $5,000 maximum and the Democratic Party $40,800 this election.

*All data courtesy of the Center for Responsive Politics. Images courtesy of The Associated Press.

Seth Cline is a reporter with U.S. News and World Report. Contact him at scline@usnews.com or follow him on Twitter