The Obama campaign, which has steadily lowered its entry fees for the series of dinners with President Obama it has been raffling off, is now offering its lowest, most rock bottom price ever: One U.S. cent. And you get to meet George Clooney too.
The campaign has at various times suggested contestants give $5, $3, and $1. Now, you can donate next to nothing.
President Obama himself delivered the news with his plea in an email to supporters: Give anything, please, anything.
Here’s what he wrote:
I’ll be going to a special event at George Clooney’s house in a few weeks, and two grassroots supporters and their guests will join us . . .
So let’s nail it down: Any donation you make today will automatically enter you and a guest to win.
Once you decide who you’re inviting to join you, we’ll be all set. The campaign will take care of your airfare and hotel for you.
Please pitch in $3 or whatever you can today, and keep your May 10th clear . . .
Hope to see you soon.
This is getting to look less like a raffle and more like a lottery, with the winnings including airfare and hotel.
The plea for the very smallest of contributions is actually a very serious matter for a campaign that is taking in less money than it expected and might not even match the totals it accumulated in 2008.
According to the New York Times, Obama 2012 is having trouble raising cash from well heeled donors. So the Obama operation will have to make up the shortfall with as many hits from the 99 percent as possible. Even the 98 percent.
Looks like all that bashing of Wall Street and the rich is having an unintended effect.