Obama Leads, But Hillary Draws His Star Names

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

Superlatives are being attached to the huge sums that Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton raised in the second quarter, with Obama edging out Clinton in the overall total, and nearly matching her with current cash on hand.

With yesterday’s deadline to file campaign finance reports, word is trickling in on who gave to whom. According to the New York Post, “Clinton pilfered from Obama such A-listers as Tom Hanks, comedian Ben Stiller and “Spider-Man” star Tobey Maguire, who all gave to Obama at the start of the year but switched to Hillary in the past three months. Clinton also collected cash from actress Jodie Foster and actor-director Danny DeVito.” They also reported that Obama counted Will Smith, Chris Rock and Jean Smart. (The latter being recently fired from “Grey’s Anatomy”). Paul Newman gave to both.

We’ll see who leads in overall Hollywood fund-raising after figures are parsed later this week.

As a side note, Obama’s camp also collected money from Isaiah Washington, recently fired from the cast of “Grey’s Anatomy” in part for causing quite a ruckus for making impolitic remarks about gays — invoking the “f” word at one point. It will be interesting to see how this plays out, as the Democratic field next month participates in a gay issues forum on Logo.

Washington has charged that racism was a factor in his firing.

Other names of note giving to Clinton: Fran Drescher, John Legend, Gabriel Byrne, Jamie Lee Curtis and Christopher Guest, Vera Wang and Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg.

McCain Press Staff Quits: More bad news for his campaign.

Romney Blasts TV Violence: The ad, below, called “Ocean,” at first looks like something about the environmental movement, but it is really a call to “clean our oceans” of sex and violence on TV. “I am deeply troubled by the culture that surrounds our kids today.” It may be the first commercial spot from an 08 contender that takes on the media and Hollywood.

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