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Clinton, Obama Still in Tight H’w’d Money Race

Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama continued to be in a tight race to raise Hollywood dollars, with each raising over $2.5 million from entertainment sources by the end of 2007.

The latest figures from the Center for Responsive Politics show that Clinton raised $2,641,724 in the industry to Obama’s $2,526,326. But the numbers are likely to change a bit, as the CRP (www.opensecrets.org) was still coding contributions.

The totals also don’t reflect fund-raising after voting started. Obama, for instance, had a surge in fund-raising after his Iowa win, collecting an overall $32 million in January.

What is certain is that Clinton and Obama dominated fund-raising in the fourth quarter, as they have throughout the year. The next nearest candidate in money raised was John Edwards, who collected $525,416 from the industry.

Among Republicans, Rudy Giuliani, who has dropped out of the race, raised $482,151 and McCain raised $442,366 through the end of the year.  In the fourth quarter, Giuliani outpaced McCain in Hollywood fund-raising, reflecting the troubles that McCain was having right up until the end of the year in finding donors.

Even with his acting credentials, Fred Thompson, who has also dropped out, collected just $110,200 in the industry. 

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