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At Human Rights Campaign gala, Kathy Griffin rallies her troops to nuke 'don't ask, don't tell'

Kathy griffin The Ministry may not be good enough with numbers to challenge the czars of Wall Street with our financial savvy, but we can put two and two together. Most of the time. OK, occasionally. And when we spotted Jillian Michaels, "The Biggest Loser's" super-buff Cruella De Vil, at Suze Orman's table during the Human Rights Campaign gala Saturday night, we couldn't help but wonder whether that had something to do with how toned the high priestess of personal finance has been looking lately.

Do you need a better reason to listen to La Suze when she tells you you should move your Jimmy Choo fund into CDs? Don't you deserve to have Michaels come to your house so she can pump you up? All right, pudge muffins, better start saving those shekels.

Nattily dressed guests packed the Century Plaza Hotel's Grand Ballroom to support the Human Rights Campaign -- the country's largest civil rights organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people -- and hear speeches from Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and honorees Kathy Griffin and Portia de Rossi (wife Ellen DeGeneres stayed home so she wouldn't steal her thunder, but mom-in-law Betty DeGeneres showed up to present the award and big hugs).

As Griffin accepted the HRC Ally for Equality Award from old friend Lance Bass, she called out the equality troops to protest the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy with her on Thursday at Freedom Plaza in Washington, D.C. ...

"I can't just sit around anymore being a bikini model," she said. Oh, snap.

Griffin will be taking along the cameras from her Bravo reality show, "My Life on the D-List," which were there filming the dinner as well. (Hey, this is Hollywood, where life is one big skinny reality show.)

Griffin and her electronic posse had just come back from Wasilla, Alaska, where she stormed the gates of Sarah Palin's home with Levi Johnston -- Griffin's "lover," Playgirl model and the former would-be veep's former would-be son-in-law -- in tow.

"I went in Levi's truck -- Levi Johnston ... don't act like you're not jealous," Griffin said. "We went to her door and I did not get in, but you should know I went to her house with some ... questions."

-- Irene Lacher

Photo: Kathy Griffin arrives at the 18th annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Oscar party held at Pacific Design Center on March 7 in West Hollywood. Credit: Frederick M. Brown / Getty Images.

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