WASHINGTON--The Obama campaign is raffling off chances to meet George Clooney at his home, with only a $3 donation needed to be eligible a chance to meet the actor and activist.
The newest gimmick uses the popular star as a draw for low-end as well as the highest end donors.
President Barack Obama heads to Los Angeles for a May 10 event at Clooney's home, an event targeting the very high end donor. The funder benefits the Obama for American campaign, the Democratic National Committee and Democratic parties in key battleground states. The top price for the event is $40,000 per person; the first $5,000 goes to the Obama re-election campaign, the next $30,800 to the Democratic National Committee and the state parties.
An e-mail sent out by Deputy Campaign Manager Julianna Smoot on Thursday pitched the raffle this way in an e-mail:
"Want to meet George Clooney and Barack Obama -- at Clooney's house?
"He's hosting supporters at his home next month to help build support for this campaign and elect President Obama in November. And he's saving seats for two grassroots supporters like you and their guests. It's just not a chance most people get -- well, ever.
"For a chance to hang out with President Obama at George Clooney's house, donate $3 or whatever you can to be automatically entered to win.
"George Clooney is doing his part to help re-elect the President, but he also knows that it's folks like you who will decide this election. That's why we're reserving a few spots for grassroots supporters.
"If you donate $3 or whatever you can today, you'll be doing your part to support the campaign, and be automatically entered to join them in Los Angeles.
"If you ask me, this is far too good to pass up."