I recently received this email from the Barack Obama campaign:
Refusing money from PACs and Washington lobbyists makes this campaign different in one very important respect.
We are not beholden to anyone but you.
We’ve rejected the traditional Washington fundraising strategy — including countless dinners hosted by lobbyists — and put our trust in millions of Americans owning a piece of this campaign.
Senator Clinton and Senator McCain have a different approach.
Both have accepted millions from lobbyists and special interests, and both have relied on high dollar donors for the majority of their funding.
This campaign is different, and I’m looking forward to supporters like you joining me for a different kind of fundraising dinner.
If you make a donation in any amount between now and 11:59 pm EDT on Monday, March 31st, you could join me and three other supporters for an intimate dinner for five:
I respect that there’s no minimum donation threshold to qualify, but each time I read that pitch, I flash on “Win a Dream Date with Obama!”