TAKING POLITICAL BABY STEPS

IN MASSACHUSETTS ACTOR ALEC BALDWIN TACKLES CAMPAIGN-FINANCE REFORM

Richard Gere has it easy fighting China: just hanging out with the Dalai Lama and leading protests in front of the White House. You want hard? Try being Alec Baldwin, head of the Creative Coalition, balled up on a bus for a three-hour predawn ride from New York to Massachusetts to collect signatures for state-campaign-finance reform. The coffee's awful, and his cell phone doesn't work. "We should have a working phone, even if you have to FedEx one," the actor growls as he tosses the offending cellular to an aide. Maybe he'd be in a better mood if he were in...

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