Note: Posting is going to be a little bit light today and tomorrow as I am on a special project…
The Clinton and Obama camps released the names of their key bundlers — those who draw on their list of contacts as a way of rounding up support. With campaign finance reform, it’s become all about the bundlers, otherwise raising staggering sums of money would be nearly impossible. Among the industry "Hillraisers" — those who promised to raise $100,000 or more — are Steve Bing, Noah Mamet and Cheryl and Haim Saban. Among those who’ve pledged to raise $25,000 or more for Obama: David Geffen, Hill Harper, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Bill Kennard, Jodie Evans, Margo Lion, James Mangold, Max Palevsky, Charlie Rivkin, Joe Roth and Jim Wiatt.
Race in Full Pace: Tobey Maguire, Zach Braff and Jennifer Aniston for Obama, Rosie O’Donnell, Elizabeth Taylor and Christine Lahti for Clinton. The New York Post dissects the contributions to the Democrats two leading contenders. But one question still comes to mind: Many, many top tier performers have yet to give — if they do at all. The Hill does a rundown of not only famous Clinton and Obama donors, but other candidates. Chris Dodd: Michael Douglas, Edie Brickell, Steve Martin. Edwards: Larry David, Seth Green, Don Henley. Kucinich: Mark Ruffalo. Richardson: Michael Douglas. Giuliani: Adam Sandler.
War Over "War": Bush critics worried that portions of the PBS series "America at the Crossroads" would be too one-sided, especially a portion devoted to Richard Perle titled "The Case for War," which airs Tuesday night. The series was ordered as pressure was placed on public broadcasting to include more conservative voices. As Alessandra Stanley writes in the New York Times, critics need not worry, even about the Perle segment. She writes: "Viewers worried that a video diary by Mr. Perle could be too one-sided and self-serving should relax. Like the unreliable narrator in a novel, Mr. Perle exposes himself by omission and indirection. “The Case for War” is not very persuasive about American policy. Instead it is a fascinating study in rationalization, a lighter, less repentant version of “The Fog of War," Errol Morris’s documentary about Robert C. McNamara." Among other things, Perle explains that he first learned to distrust liberals while a student at Hollywood High School, and he links antiwar demonstrators to the Stalinists in his youth.
Exploding Cigars: Brentwood Home Video releases the Channel 4 doc "638 Ways to Kill Castro," about the numerous attempts to assasinate the Cuban leader over the years, on May 8. Duncan Campbell of the Guardian last year looked at the various plots, including one by a former CIA operative in 2000.