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Summer Sweats

That, and other news, in today’s Political Panorama.

Late August is supposed to be the dog days of summer, when everyone checks out on much needed breaks. But if campaigns aren’t continuing to raise money, they surely are busy planning it. Rudy Giuliani will be in Southern California on Wednedsay for a fund-raising swing and a public appearance in Del Mar.

Among the Democrats, Hillary Clinton’s camp is planning its Sept. 14 event at the home of Magic Johnson, while Barack Obama’s campaign is finalizing details of the big fund-raiser (now sold-out) at the home of Oprah Winfrey. Winfrey’s camp is directing much of the planning, and word is they had very little difficulty finding takers for the $2,300-per-person tickets, with much interest not only in the candidate but in seeing Oprah’s home.

Meanwhile, candidates also are locking down dates for further visits, in an effort to meet third quarter goals, made all the more difficult as likely donors max out. So the pressure is on even as it gets harder and harder to shake anything from the tree. “You cannot slow down,” says one fund-raiser.

There will be an afternoon Obama fund-raiser on Saturday at Sunset Bouleavrd nightclub Falcon, where the candidate will appear via teleconference from Miami.

Clinton is some 30 points ahead in California polls, so her boosters in L.A. certainly hope that will only help her bandwagon. Her camp is staking out dates some six weeks away, with an Oct. 1 fund-raiser at the home of Mapleton Investments’ Marc Nathanson. His sons Adam and David also are organizers of the event, which will be aimed at least in part at young professionals with a minimum $500-per-person ticket price.

Oprah’s Appeal: Helena Andrews of The Politico challenges the notion that Oprah Winfrey’s endorsement of Barack Obama will mean a boost among Obama’s support among African-Americans. She writes, “According to fall 2006 Simmons Research data, white women comprise 77 percent of Oprah’s viewing audience (defined as folks who watched the show one to five times a week). Only 17 percent are black. Also, 41 percent of the viewers are registered Democrats, 31 percent are Republicans and 13 percent are independents. …Oprah’s real buying power is as one of the most influential, recognizable, powerful and philanthropic women in the world, not as the spokeswoman for black folk everywhere.”

Logo Postscript: In the extensive analysis of the event, blogger Chris Crain wonders why Hilary Rosen was a producer on the recent Logo/HRC presidential forum, given that she is a backer of Hillary Clinton. Rosen, former chief lobbyist for the Recording Industry Assn. of America, does her own rundown of the forum and writes that she has “never been so careful in my life to stay unbiased in a process.”

Cash Splash: A follow-up to a post from last week: Johnny Cash’s political activism comes through in a new DVD release of his 1969-71 ABC variety series, “The Johnny Cash Show.” A narrator says in the intro, “While a war in Vietnam divided America, a revolution on television brought us all back together…Through it all, one man served as the ultimate ambassador.” Cash’s first guest was a counter-cultural Bob Dylan, and the two sang “Girl from the North Country” (clip below). According to the Los Angeles Times interview with Kris Kristofferson, Cash didn’t shy away from using politically charged lyrics to “wishin Lord that I was stoned” in Kristofferson’s “Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down,” even though ABC execs were none too happy about it.

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