Gingrich offers “dream team” to supporters
The poster — featuring the Republican presidential candidate flanked by endorsers of his White House bid — was offered to supporters Tuesday in a new fundraising appeal.
The Dream Team photo was unveiled at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington last week. The Gingrich campaign said it was hit, and now conservatives across the country are clamoring for a copy of their own.
We wondered whether the Gingrich folks were inspired by the reported success of rival Rick Santorum’s sweater vest campaign. But there was no immediate response to an email inquiry about the initial poster offering.
By its own account, the Santorum campaign’s “thank you” gift to small donors — supporters without SuperPAC money — has been a hit too.
The Santorum camp has “extended by popular demand” — for a limited time — its offer of the official Rick Santorum For President sweater vest, which can be had for a minimum contribution of $100. “It’s a great way to show your support for Rick,” the campaign says, describing the vest as 100 percent cotton, made in the USA, and grey (shouldn’t that be g-r-a-y?).
And that’s not even the biggest acknowledgement being offered to people willing to make small contributions to their favorite candidate.
For a $5 donation to Mitt Romney’s campaign, supporters get a chance at winning a day on the campaign trail with the former Massachusetts governor. For a few dollars more or less, supporters can “gear up” up with hats, buttons and other campaign goods purchased from the Romney campaign’s online store.
Republican hopeful Ron Paul launched a Money Bomb fundraiser on Valentine’s Day, appealing to small donors to send cash to help the Texas congressman extend his campaign over the next several weeks. In exchange for a donation, contributors get their names included on a scrolling list of “recent donors” prominently displayed on the Texas congressman Web site.
Democrat Barack Obama, who’s campaigning for a second term in the White House, also offers the potential of a big payoff for small donors. For a donation of $3 or more, supporters (“people like you – not Washington lobbyists or special -interest PACs,” the campaign says) get a chance at being invited to dine with the president. The yet-to-be-named winners of the last contest round get “Dinner with Barack and Michelle.”
Can you name the members of Newt’s Dream Team?
Photo Credit: REUTERS/Anthony Bolante (Santorum pulls off his jacket at campaign rally in Tacoma, Washington); Screen Grab from Newt Gingrich 2012