The Money Chase, Part Three

The campaigns of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are each trying to temper expectations as yet another fund-raising quarter comes to an end on Sunday, with each side saying that the other will post the most contributions in the third quarter.

This will be another frantic few days of raising money, with Obama having attended a “Barack Obama on Broadway” fund-raiser in New York.

Although the pace of raising money is expected to slow as candidates focus on actual campaigning in early states, they are preparing October swings through Los Angeles, with Clinton attending a fund raiser on Monday at the home of Marc Nathanson that is also hosted by Nathanson’s two sons, Adam and David. Barack Obama visits on Oct. 20 for a luncheon at the home of Irena Medavoy.

And not to be forgotten is John Edwards, who attends an Oct. 19 fund-raiser at the home of Brett Ratner. It will be the second such event Edwards has had at Ratner’s Beverly Hills home, the Hilhaven Lodge, having already appeared at a young Hollywood gathering in June. (Hillary Clinton also raised money there on May 30.)

Clinton’s biggest fund-raising problem seems to be that so many donors have “double maxed” out to her, i.e. given up to the federal limit of $4,600. But that isn’t necessarily so in entertainment. As of June 30, nearly 300 donors in entertainment have met that threshold to one candidate or another — almost two-thirds of them “double maxing” out to Clinton, according to an analysis we did of Center for Responsive Politics figures. So there’s still more trees to shake.

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