Romney offers donors chance to “Dine with the Donald”
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.
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