To go with her first story this week in the print Hollywood Reporter, former City Hall reporter Tina Daunt has also joined the staff as the trade's contributing editor for politics. "In the lead-up to the 2008 presidential election, Daunt wrote the Los Angeles Times’ popular Cause Celebre column, the first regular newspaper column to specialize in the intersection of Hollywood and politics with an emphasis on the industry’s critical role in fundraising for candidates and causes," THR says in a story about the hire. "'Hollywood activists are among the country's most powerful and dynamic political players,' Daunt said. 'Each election cycle, they raise tens of millions of dollars for candidates and causes. I'm excited that The Hollywood Reporter has given me the opportunity to cover the industry's role in the country's political system. '" She had an online scoop last month about President Obama's upcoming trip to L.A., and in the current issue — as we told you Friday morning — Daunt writes about the coolness among some in Hollywood about Obama's reelection. "I'm so happy to be writing again," Daunt posted on Facebook. And Saturday is her birthday.
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