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Loud and Soft Money

Sunday, 05 May 2002 12:00 AM

Democrats are in hot pursuit of the corrupting commodity that, on more than one occasion, they ostensibly tried to reform: campaign finance.

The Democratic Party recently held a fundraiser at Harlem's famed Apollo Theatre. It was meant to kick off the nationwide campaign "Every Vote Counts."

The Left Coast Report observes that appearing on the same stage was a white ex-president whose party made him black and a black pop-phenom whose doctors made him white.

It must be a sign of the times. Old rockers don't die. They just become cartoons.

According to a BBC interview with

Jagger and Richards will be featured on the show, along with a host of other legendary rockers.

"We get to animate them exactly the way we want to – even if they're old, they can still rock. That's the way we animate them," Groening said.

The animators will, no doubt, have to put in a lot of extra time in order to give the two Rolling Stones a more youthful cartoon appearance.

The Left Coast Report notes that

In an effort to assist

Ford also plans to document urban sprawl along the riverfront in hopes of strengthening the case for stricter land use laws for the New York Legislature to act upon.

The Left Coast Report thinks as long as Harrison Ford is up there, he may as well swing past a certain house in Chappaqua to check for hot air and muddied waters.

The story's out.

So what's a network to do? Go after the next best thing, of course. And that would be …

ABC's "Extra" reports that Clinton is actually a candidate for Gumbel's old gig.

Meanwhile, other networks are scrambling to change personnel with dreams of upping their own ratings.

CNN has revamped "Crossfire." The new format features political strategist

And ABC is thinking about giving the host chair of "This Week," previously held by Sam and Cokie, to former Clinton White House aide

The Left Coast Report guesses that, with TV programming like this, the cost of tomatoes, eggs, bricks and any other objects suitable for picture-tube tossing is about to skyrocket.

In the summer of 2000, a rap tour called "Up in Smoke," which featured

Officials had to stop the tour from exhibiting a sexually explicit video during the show.

Detroit officials later paid

Little did they know they were about to become DVD stars.

Allegedly, conversations between city representatives and tour organizers were secretly videotaped. Discussions ended up on a DVD, which was released after the tour was completed.

Now five former and current city officials are suing rapper Dr. Dre,

The lawsuit alleges that "a hidden camera and microphones were secretly used to intercept, eavesdrop upon and record" talks between city officials and tour organizers.

The Left Coast Report sort of gets a kick out of seeing someone spying on government for a change, instead of the other way around.

Bonet said that the program had the wrong motivation.

The actress told People magazine, "The whole experience and energy behind it felt disingenuous and motivated by corporate profit." She added, "I was not feeling the love. It was a take-it-or-leave-it, with-or-without-you offer, and I felt devalued and disrespected."

The Left Coast Report would like to remind Bonet, and other like-minded denizens of Hollywood, that corporate profits are what make it possible for celebrities to collect the big bucks.

The $1 million bail set for

Blake's defense lawyer, Harland Braun, referred to the posting of the bail as a "business decision." Braun claimed that "California law requires an employer to stand behind an employee on any criminal charge arising from the employment."

The Left Coast Report wonders if next we'll hear that Caldwell's up for an "Employee of the Year" award. Guess it will depend on his testimony.

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