Romney offers donors chance to “Dine with the Donald”

May 24, 2012

Barack Obama’s re-election campaign has raised millions of dollars by auctioning off dinners with the president, first lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, former President Bill Clinton and Hollywood stars – and Democratic supporters – George Clooney and Sarah Jessica Parker.

Now his rival Mitt Romney is getting into the act with some Republican celebrity love – offering the chance to “Dine with the Donald,” that is, Donald Trump — and Mitt — to anyone who donates $3 or more.

“Jets owner Woody Johnson recently previewed a rival event to the George Clooney one that President Obama’s campaign did, and this appears to be it – a raffle for a dinner with Mitt Romney and Donald Trump,” Politico reported on Thursday.

The fund-raising website features a poster modeled on the old “Uncle Sam wants you” military recruiting image, with a picture of the blond real estate mogul and reality television star, in a blue suit and red tie, pointing at the reader. “I want YOU,” it says in large letters, above smaller letters saying “Dine with the Donald… & Mitt.”

Suggestion donation amounts on the site range up to $2500, with a box that can be ticked saying “Make this a recurring donation.”

Participants are eligible to win airport transportation in the Trump vehicle, a stay at the Trump International Hotel & Tower in New York, a Tour of the boardroom from Trump’s reality television show, “Celebrity Apprentice,” and dinner with Trump and Romney.

Trump – one of the country’s most famous wealthy businessman who had toyed with entering the presidential race himself – endorsed Romney for president on Feb. 2, saying “Mitt is tough, he’s smart, he’s sharp.”

Trump, who has been derided for pushing a discredited charge that Obama was not born in the United States, is hosting a fundraiser for Romney, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, in Las Vegas on May 29. Newt Gingrich is also expected to make an appearance.

Photo credit: REUTERS/Steve Marcus


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Is second place having to sit through two dinners with Trump.

Posted by LarryLinn | Report as abusive

Is second place having to sit through two dinners with Trump.

Posted by LarryLinn | Report as abusive

Donald Trump only wants to promote Donald Trump. Everyone and everything along the way are merely stepping stones to that end.
Those who aspire to high office should have figured this out by now.

Posted by kafantaris | Report as abusive

To be elected as President of the United States of America is to be given a special privilege. There are qualities in every successful candidate which the electorate chooses to represent them as their leader. These qualities are based upon the electorate’s belief systems.

If the electorate is uninformed in nature (Hamilton’s “great beast”) then the person they elect may be one of good or bad character or one of good or bad judgment.

Given that this person they elect can either raise the World’s economic and political futures or lower them the election concerns more than just those who are voting. To paraphrase that hoary song he holds the whole world in his hands.

To elect a president who may understand the U.S. electorate but who has little personal or intellectual knowledge of those peoples outside of the U.S. could be a dangerous choice.

Money is important but not the determining factor in what tribes do. As with persons, tribes or, in this case, nations will do almost anything to protect their sense of identity, including going to war over that identity even though it makes absolutely zero sense economically to do so.

A president who understands that cultural identity often “trumps” economics is an important factor in everyone’s survival.

Posted by ericthebread | Report as abusive

It must be horrible to suffer from so much hubris.
What an empty shell. Full pockets but an empty shell “full of sound and fury…signifying nothing.”

Posted by HAL.9000 | Report as abusive

Romney’s Massachusetts ranked 47th in job creation. He likes to call himself a job creator but he is actually a job destroyer. This from a man who does not talk about his years at Bain Capital or being the Governor of Massachusetts. What are you scared of Governor? You are an empty suite. Who cares about Trump.

Posted by Johnnyk | Report as abusive

@LarryLinn: BRILLIANT.

My question is, is this celebrity dining lottery compulsory for all Romney campaign donors? If so, I’ll be interested to learn what kind of effect this has on campaign donations.

@kafantaris: True, but even self-promoting persons like Trump can be helpful from time to time (when it suits them). There are plenty of people who want to follow in their footsteps…

Posted by matthewslyman | Report as abusive

Why does anyone put any stock whatsover in what trump thinks? That just boggles my mind.

Posted by fromthecenter | Report as abusive