WASHINGTON--For a $150 donation--or even less--to the Obama campaign, a contributor will be entered in a lottery to get "right up front" with President Barack Obama in Chicago on election night.
The latest Obama fund-raising gimmick came Friday in an e-mail from Obama senior strategist David Axelrod, who made the appeal for $150 personal.
"I first met Barack Obama in 1992.
"Back before he was a state senator, a candidate, the President of the United States, a husband or a father, he was a 30-year-old guy running voter registration drives in Chicago. He made an impression on me -- and when, in 2007, he decided to run for president, I signed up without hesitation.
"I thought, if I could help Barack Obama get to the White House, I would have accomplished something great in my life.
"Supporters like you, who were with us in 2008, know it's been a long and amazing journey, and our small team of a few became a movement of millions. Now, we're in the final days of his last campaign, fighting to keep Barack Obama in the White House, and he needs your support more than ever. We're planning his last Election Night -- and he wants you to be there.
Donate $150 or whatever you can today, and you'll be automatically entered to meet President Obama and be right up front at his Election Night speech.
"I don't know how this is going to end. But no matter what, I know each of us will have given this campaign everything we've got. ..."