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CAUSE CLBRE TINA DAUNT; Black celebs are major players
Los Angeles Times - Los Angeles, Calif.
Subjects: Fund raising; African Americans; Political finance; Celebrities
Author: Daunt, Tina
Date: Aug 17, 2007
Start Page: E.1
Section: Calendar; Part E; Calendar Desk
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Magic's collaborators are, so far, drawn mostly from among African American Hollywood's elder statesmen and include such longtime Bill Clinton loyalists as Quincy Jones, Motown founder Berry Gordy and [Clarence Avant]. Still, they're hoping his gala will rival the fundraising wattage of [Oprah Winfrey]'s soire.

"We've been talking about it a lot among ourselves," said [Kerman Maddox], who is supporting [Barack Obama]. "Maybe the single biggest fundraiser in the history of America is being organized by an African American, and the people raising the bulk of the money are African Americans? It's a sea change" in presidential politics.

"She has completely taken over, and she's calling all the shots," said one campaign insider. "She's coordinating everything: the entertainment, the invites, everything."

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