President Obama on Monday sent an email about the sixth and final Dinner with Barack contest that included a copy of an email sent from 2007 about a campaign contest dinner held long ago. Designed to illustrate that the dinners are a longstanding "tradition," mostly what the email showed is that Obama for America hasn't come up with a more creative way to pitch the President as a dinner date. The 2012 emails use phrases similar to the 2007 email.
"My favorite campaign tradition started five years ago -- check out the email below," President Obama wrote.
All the same, the President raffling himself off has helped fill his war chest.
The deadline to enter is Sept. 25. Obama for America on Monday also released a new dinner contest video, the second for this contest, as well as sent more emails. The three winners will pay taxes on the $1,600 assigned retail value of the
prize package, which includes a one-night hotel stay and coach-class
airfare. Winners must also pass background checks and agree to be used
throughout all eternity in campaign promotions. Each can bring a guest.
There's an alternate "free" entry page
for the dinner contest that's required by law, but no winner has
gotten a seat at any of the President's dinners without dropping cash
into his war chest. A campaign official admitted last week that the org doesn't actually care if *you* are one of the three winners--the President just wants your money.
CLICK HERE for all posts about the previous dinner contests.
The President's email had the subject line "A little Bittersweet."
My favorite campaign tradition started five years ago -- check out the email below.
It's just incredible how much we've grown -- from 100,000 individual donors at that time to more than 3 million in this campaign alone -- and how much we've accomplished together.
Tomorrow night, we're selecting the guests for the last dinner of my last campaign. I'm looking forward to closing out this tradition the way it started: with supporters like you.
You've shown how much this election means to you -- thank you for everything you've done. I just have one question: Will you be there at this final dinner?
Make a donation of $5 or whatever you can, and you'll be automatically entered:
It's bittersweet, but this is the last time we'll do this on this campaign. I'd love for you and your guest to be there. As always, your flight and hotel are on us.
From: Barack Obama
Date: Wednesday, June 6th, 2007 at 6:23 p.m.
Subject: Re: Dinner with Barack?
When we launched this campaign, we decided not to take the easy money offered by Washington lobbyists and special interest political action committees.
Instead, we put our faith in you, and we couldn't have made a better choice.
I'll be meeting four of you for dinner sometime soon, but what's happening across this country is bigger than me, or my candidacy.
Together we're re-shaping the political process based on the idea that a movement of people who care about the common future of all Americans can be more powerful than any special interest.
I hope you'll take a minute to make a donation, and perhaps we'll be seeing each other soon.