Activism, Hollywood-Style

Joel Stein checks out L.A.'s hot liberal fund-raising scene — and falls for The Fall Guy's girl

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Politics is supposed to be Hollywood for ugly people, but in Los Angeles, we can't even let them have that. Here, Heather Thomas — the Fall Guy actress who was a leader in bikini-poster sales in the sad, dark days before we could see famous people naked all the time — is the city's most important connector in Democratic politics. She's been able to do this partly because she's smart, partly because she's a terrific networker and mostly because she married one of L.A.'s richest lawyers. Thomas has held fund raisers for John Edwards, Barbara Boxer and Al Franken, but she's...

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