Obama, McCain still asking for money just before the election
NEWPORT NEWS, Virginia – Fundraising never stops.
“Make a donation of $5 or more today to expand our efforts in these new battleground states,” Obama campaign manager David Plouffe wrote in an email to supporters on Saturday — three days before the election – referring to new states where the campaign was buying television ads.
The incentive? Plouffe promised one lucky donor and a guest an all-expenses paid trip to Chicago for Obama’s rally on election night.
The Obama campaign has raised more money than any other presidential campaign in U.S. political history, having pulled in more than $150 million in September.
Republicans are seeking cash as well.
“The Obama-Biden Democrats are using their financial edge over our candidates to flood media markets with ads, stuff mail boxes with their literature, and pay workers to canvass neighborhoods,” McCain’s running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, wrote in an email to supporters on Friday, seeking contributions.
“We must raise an additional $5 million in the next 72 hours to help fund our final get-out-the-vote efforts.”
Even the candidates’ spouses are getting in on the game. On Thursday Michelle Obama sent out an email to supporters asking for cash.
“I know this campaign has asked a lot of you. But in the next 5 days, Barack will need you more than ever before,” she wrote, plugging for one last donation.
Photo credit: Reuters/Jay LaPrete (Michelle Obama speaks at a rally)