Gary Griffith isn't the only local to throw his arms around Rudy Giuliani -- which he did again, by the way, in a campaign missive sent to would-be voters, in which Griffith opens with a hearty, "Dear Fellow Conservative." Other Dallasites tossing their long green at the Giuliani campaign include T. Boone Pickens ($2,100), Eatzi's bossman Phil Romano ($2,300), Robert "Bob's Steak and Chop House" Sambol ($2,300), Rosewood Corp.'s Caroline Hunt ($2,300) and Tex Lezar's widow Merrie Spaeth ($2,300). And, of course, don't forget about Tom Hicks.
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In fact, if you'd like to see how Dallas' wealthiest are spreading around their presidential campaign dough, you need go no further than Paul Burka's blog, where yesterday Texas Monthly writers-editors Brian Sweany and Skip Hollandsworth broke it down. Looks like former Dallas mayoral candidate Tom Dunning's hedging his bets -- he gave $1,000 to Barack Obama and $800 to Rudy G. -- while DreamWorks Animation SKG chairman Roger Enrico's giving to...get outtahere...John McCain, which can't make the "SKG" very happy. Funniest observation, though, is about Merrie Spaeth: "If the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth were the cast of Ocean's 11," write the fellas, "she would be Angie Dickinson." --Robert Wilonsky