WASHINGTON -- A fund-raising perk package for the official Obama Presidential Inauguration Committee -- for those giving $50,000 or raising $300,000 -- includes tickets to four days of parties, brunches, dinners and an inauguration night ball.
The PIC sent the perk package -- which does not have a formal guarantee for a ticket to the Jan. 20 swearing-in ceremony at the Capitol -- to President-elect Barack Obama's best fund-raisers Wednesday, with only weeks to raise at least $40 million to bankroll Obama inauguration festivities.
An Obama National Finance Committee member I talked to -- the elite of the donor ranks -- said he was concerned with "donor fatigue" after the presidential campaign, in which Obama raised more than $750 million. Donors won't write big checks unless they get to attend some VIP parties with cachet and bragging rights.
Each individual donation is capped at $50,000 -- with two "preferred" tickets to finance events -- and bundlers will be asked to raise no more than $300,000 -- and get four "trustee" tickets to these VIP events. Corporate money is banned.
The top donor festivities begin Jan. 17 with a late-night event, followed by a Sunday brunch with a "special guest," other events and a National Finance Committee "thank you" dinner hosted by Penny Pritzker, Obama's finance chairwoman, who is on the economic transition team and is an inauguration co-chairwoman.
Monday, Jan. 19, will offer more meals and entertainment, with the special guests likely to be Obama officials and advisers. Tuesday, Inauguration Day, offers a parade-watching party and official balls.