It's not exactly Hollywood, but Branson, Mo., is becoming as valuable to Republican fundraisers as Tinseltown is to Democrats. With the 2008 presidential race underway, the Ozark entertainment mecca has seen a spike in donations to Republican contenders from big shots like crooner Andy Williams, who gave to Sen. John McCain, to Japanese fiddle star Shoji Tabuchi, a donor to the Republican Party.
And apparently the word is getting out. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee has hosted a fundraiser there, and newbie Fred Thompson is planning a visit.
By Paul Bedard