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Obama Raffled Off for a Penny

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.

Barack

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.

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31 Responses to Obama Raffled Off for a Penny

  1. There has to be more going on here than the silliness that it appears to be. Every time The One and His Minions have done something that I think is ridiculous it has turned out to be part of some plan. What’s the plan here?

  2. I don’t understand why an incumbent needs so much money ? As President, he already has access to all the free air time, travel and media exposure just for breathing.

    I know he’s probably falling short of “small” donors, so this simply adds to that. It’s an email harvest, plus other personal information gathered from making a donation. Has the FEC checked into this, uhm, scam ?

  3. Maybe after I win the $500 from my co-worker when his as* gets thrown to the curb in November I might part with a penny to meet him.

    Doubtful though.

  4. Makes me wonder if there is some kind of money laundering or vote stealing racket going on. The Democrats have been collecting names and personal information from all sorts of sources. They have turned off auditing for their on-line donations so my guess is they are trying to flood the system with tiny donations to hide the foreign and/or criminal sources of their funding. Any investigation will be hampered by the sheer volume of data. Kinda like trying to find a needle in a haystack.

    http://michellemalkin.com/2012/04/23/democratic-activist-arrested-charged-with-illegally-stealing-220000-medicaid-patient-records/

    http://www.ktrh.com/pages/michaelberry.html?article=10063337

    • That was my guess, too, Susan. Or maybe they will divide the large foreign donations among thousands of other donors, crediting one with $53 instead of $3. No one goes on line to check if their donation was properly recorded and probaby wouldn’t object if it was listed too high if the incorrect amount wasn’t withdrawn from their account.

      Something is going on here besides a good-hearted wish to give the poor access to the President.

  5. “This is getting to look less like a raffle and more like a lottery, with the winnings including airfare and hotel.”
    Actually it is looking more and more like desperation.

  6. If I thought I could donate one penny and not have them use my email, name, address or credit card account for other things, if they held an honest lottery and I really had a chance at this gig, I’d spend one penny, nothing more, for the chance to sit across the table from this man and tell him just what I think of his policies, their vacations, his travel, her travel, their parties, his golf, his wife’s disrespect of the WH with her sack races and Biggest Losers, etc. The list is endless! In reality, I know it’s not going to happen. I don’t know how they chose the people for their photo op dinners but I’m 99.99999% certain they don’t pick them at random.

  7. Raffles to raise money for a losing cause. This does reek of a staged event. How low will he go? Well we are in Limbo here in the U.S,A.

  8. Obama’s battleground ground game not all it’s cracked up to be…he’s looking for volunteers in South Dakota for help in Iowa…

    The text of an e-mail I received from the Obama campaign…I can forward you the entire e-mail if you like…

    Friend —

    It’s crunch time. We’re planning ahead for Election Day, and we need to know how many people from South Dakota will be able to volunteer to reach out to folks in nearby Iowa — either on the phone or by taking a trip over there. The margin is certain to be close there.

    So I’ve got a quick question for you:

    Will you be joining?

    Commit right now to volunteer on Election Day.

    We’ll be making calls and having conversations with voters to get them out to the polls. If everybody shows up to help get out the vote, I know we’ll win this.

    That’s why it’s urgent that we have as many people from South Dakota as possible reach out to folks in Iowa, in any way they can. So we need to know if you’re in.

    Commit now, and let us know you’ll be a part of this:

    http://my.barackobama.com/Volunteer-for-Election-Day

    Thanks,

    Mitch

    Mitch Stewart
    Battleground States Director
    Obama for America

  9. I am late in the game, but I just saw this via a more recent link, but I can tell you that I would not have paid 2¢ for him, then or now.