'Playboy' huffs over rebuff

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Playboy is reacting strongly to a Washington Post report Aug. 10 that the Gore campaign threatened to impose major sanctions on U.S. Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D., Calif.) if she didn't cancel plans for a fund-raising reception at the Playboy mansion in Los Angeles next week. "The way they have labeled the mansion, people would think we have 24 hours a day of Sodom and Gomorrah," said Cindy Rakowitz, Playboy's VP-promotions, noting the mansion has been the site of numerous fund-raisers before and that Playboy has a long history of supporting political and charitable causes. The Post reported Rep. Sanchez had been told she could lose her convention credentials, speaking spot on the dais and co-chairmanship of the Democratic National Committee if she didn't cancel the event, a reception for Hispanic Unity USA.

Copyright August 2000, Crain Communications Inc.

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