That, and other news, in today’s Political Panorama.
On Monday, campaigns are due to file their third quarter financial reports, which will give an indication of just who is giving to whom at this point. We already know that Hillary Clinton out-raised Barack Obama overall, but it remains to be seen whether she will, as she has all year long, post larger numbers from the entertainment business. Clinton hosted a number of well-attended fund-raisers in Hollywood during the period, including one at the home of Magic Johnson, but Obama had the Oprah event, which raised more than $3 million. Winfrey’s event, however, attracted a cross-section of donors, not exclusively those from the entertainment busienss. The sector-by-sector industry breakdowns will be disclosed later this week by the Center for Responsive Politics.
Meanwhile, candidates this coming weekend will be making swings through Los Angeles in what may mark one of their last big chances to raise Hollywood money before the primaries. Obama is scheduled for a series of fund-raisers on Saturday morning: A morning reception at the Malibu home of Ron Meyer, lunch at the Beverly Park home of Mike and Irena Medavoy and then an evening event at the Los Angeles home of Ellen and Jon Vein, with music by the Charlie Turner Band and Gran Bel Fisher.
Hillary Clinton, meanwhile, is in Los Angeles on Sunday, October 21 for a fund-raiser at the home of Rob and Michele Reiner. The event is also to celebrate Clinton’s 60th birthday.
Stop Imus: All last week there were rumblings that Don Imus was ready to return to the airwaves on Citadel Broadcasting — which drew immediate protest from the National Organization for Women and the National Assn. of Black Journalists. The latter group said that Fox News was in negotiations with Imus to simulcast his broadcast, which is what MSNBC did when Imus was with CBS Radio. Not so, says a Fox spokesman, who says that they were never in discussion with Imus about any such thing. The spokesman added, “You’d think a group representing journalists would have their facts straight.”
NABJ reported on its website, “NABJ has learned Fox News is backing away from any association with Imus. In a telephone conversation with NABJ president Barbara Ciara today, a
Fox News spokesman said his company has not made a deal or been in
discussions with Imus to simulcast the radio program on television.”
Ciara said in a statement, “NABJ remains outraged after the racially inflammatory insults made by
Don Imus last spring. He used his free speech to broadcast hate speech.
To put him back on the air now makes light of his serious and offensive
racial remarks that are still ringing in the ears of people all over
Fred’s Funds: I’m still catching up from a number of items last week, one of which is the release of Fred Thompson’s financial interests. Although he never achieved leading man status as an actor, his character roles were not than much less lucrative, as it turns out. According to the Politico, he earned as much as $12.1 million from TV and movie gigs since the beginning of last year. He received $1 million from ABC Radio Networks, which produces his radio commentaries, and Universal Studios, which produces “Law & Order.”