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Race for H'wood cash too close to call

19 October 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Hillary Clinton might be leading the race for Democratic campaign cash, but she is far from Hollywood's darling, with the former first lady and rival Sen. Barack Obama neck and neck for entertainment industry cash.

According to an analysis of campaign contributions reported to the Federal Election Commission by the Center for Responsive Politics, the New Yorker's campaign had raised $2,141,609 from the movie, music and TV industries in the first nine months of 2007.

That total gave her a slight edge over Illinois' Obama, who drew $2,073,325 for the same period, according to the CRP analysis.

Both senators' totals greatly eclipsed the money given to any other candidate by entertainment industry executives and their close relatives. Former North Carolina senator and vice presidential nominee John Edwards raised $471,602.

Arizona Sen. John McCain was the highest-ranking Republican with $390,016 raised, edging former New York City mayor Rudolph Giuliani, who garnered $360,001, the CRP said. »

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Gandolfini Pulls Out of Republican Fundraiser

16 October 2007 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

The Sopranos star James Gandolfini has been forced to pull out of an upcoming appearance at a party fundraiser for U.S. presidential candidate Senator John McCain, citing a "scheduling conflict" for the cancellation. The Emmy Award-winning actor was expected to be the special guest at Republican McCain's New York event on October 30 - but Gandolfini insists his decision had nothing to do with his own political affiliations. A spokesperson for Gandolfini tells PageSix, "At this time, Mr. Gandolfini is not committed to any one candidate. James respects Senator McCain for his (army) service and his commitment to our country. However, due to scheduling conflicts, he cannot attend the event." »

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CNN-YouTube GOP debate rescheduled

14 August 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

NEW YORK -- After a few weeks of being up in the air following a less-than-enthusiastic response from the GOP presidential candidates, the CNN-YouTube Republican debate is back on.

CNN said Monday that the debate would be held Nov. 28. It had been scheduled for mid-September, but most of the Republican presidential candidates had claimed scheduling conflicts. CNN and YouTube said they were working hard to resolve those conflicts, leading to the change in date.

"It was tricky to triangulate everyone's schedule," said David Bohrman, senior vp and Washington bureau chief at CNN. There were challenges not only with other candidates' schedules but also quarterly fundraising deadlines and even other debates. The McCain and Giuliani campaigns have committed to the dates and others, including former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Law & Order actor Fred Thompson, are considering.

The venue will remain the same, the Mahaffey Theatre in St. Petersburg, Fla. So will the host, CNN anchor Anderson Cooper, who hosted the Democratic debate in mid-July in Charleston, S.C. »

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McCain Announces Presidential Bid on Letterman's Talk Show

2 March 2007 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

US Republican Senator John McCain announced he will run for President of the United States in 2008 during an appearance on the Late Show With David Letterman on Wednesday night. McCain said although he was announcing his candidacy, a more formal announcement will be made next month. He told David Letterman, "The last time we were on this program, I'm sure you remember everything very clearly that we say, but you asked me if I would come back on this show if I was going to announce. I am announcing that I will be a candidate for President of the United States." He added jokingly, "This is the announcement, you drag this out as long as you can. You know what I mean? You don't just have one rendition. You've got to go over and over. This is the announcement preceding the formal announcement!" »

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Bono Meets with Obama

1 March 2007 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Rock star Bono met US presidential candidate Barack Obama on Tuesday to discuss foreign assistance to anti-poverty and global health causes. The U2 frontman met with the Illinois senator in his personal office in the Hart Senate Office Building in Washington DC. A spokesman for Obama, Ben LaBolt, says the two met for about half an hour to discuss the One Campaign, a non-profit organization the Irish singer helped form to combat AIDS and global poverty. LaBolt explains, "Bono was making rounds on (Capitol) Hill to build support for the One campaign. He particularly wanted to meet with Senator Obama since he's a member of the Foreign Relations Committee and has been active on international poverty and global health issues." Bono is reportedly trying to meet with all of the candidates for the US presidency and has already sat down with John McCain, Hilary Clinton, Mitt Romney and John Edwards. »

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