Obama camp’s latest fund-raising draw? Clooney

April 19, 2012

 

First it was dinner with Barack. Then it was the chance to have dinner with President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama. The campaign has also added the chance to dine with the president and Vice President Joe Biden to the mix in its perennial “Dinner with Barack” fundraising scheme.

But now it’s offering the chance to meet someone who might make some earlier supporters sorry they didn’t wait to enter the campaign’s fund-raising lottery — Hollywood star George Clooney.

The Obama campaign sent out an email today telling supporters that if they donate $3 “or whatever you can,” they will enter a drawing to win one of two chances to attend a fundraiser Clooney is holding at his home in Los Angeles in May.

“If you donate $3 or whatever you can today, you’ll be doing your part to support the campaign, and be automatically entered to join them in Los Angeles,” the email from Julianna Smoot, deputy campaign manager for Obama for America, said.

“If you ask me, this is far too good to pass up.”

Most people at the event will have paid $35,800 — funds going to the Obama re-election campaign and the Democratic National Committee.

It won’t be Clooney’s first dinner with Barack. Clooney, who has visited the White House at least twice to discuss the humanitarian crisis in Sudan and South Sudan, was a guest at a state dinner last month for British Prime Minister David Cameron. The Hollywood heartthrob was seated beside Mrs. Obama at the event.

Clooney was arrested outside the Sudanese embassy in Washington during the same visit.

Picture Credit: Actor George Clooney sits beside first lady Michelle Obama during a State dinner in March 2012. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

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Why exactly is the dinner a “scheme?” Every president in my lifetime has done this same thing to raise campaign money so why is a scheme because the President is doing it?

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