So I knew that Obama must have an amazing team of fundraising wizards, hell, he got me to donate for the first time to a political campaign. But I had no idea how much genious is behind his fundraising until I got this email today.


“Esther —
     I want you to be there with me on Election Night when the results come in.
We’re planning a big event that will include tens of thousands of supporters in Grant Park in downtown Chicago.
     We’re saving some of the best seats in the house for 5 people who have given to the campaign before — and who decide to make a donation one last time before Sunday at midnight.
     If you’re selected, you can bring a guest, and we’ll fly you in and put you up in a hotel for the night. You’ll go backstage at the big event and — no matter what happens — you’ll have a front row seat to history as we celebrate the supporters who got us over the finish line.
     Any donation counts — whatever you can afford. Show your support at this crucial time with a donation of $25 or more, and you could join me on Election Night:
This movement for change has been a testament to the power of ordinary Americans coming together to achieve extraordinary things.
I look forward to having you there on Election Night.
Thank you,

Wow. OK. So I would love to know how much money this idea generates. It’s a genius tactic…. Create a lottery for a handful of front row seats on election night for last minute donations, throw in a guest pass and a free flight to the event along with lodging and voila, millions of people throw their $25 into the pot. Holy crap, if I were a student or had a flexible schedule, I would be all over that.

On another thought. I’ve been wondering lately whether Obama will gather more donations than he can spend before election day. And what if he does have a surplus, would he be able to keep it? I’m sure someone has written about that issue.

Also, If he is able to keep a surplus of donations, what would he do with it? Donate it to charity. Go on a cruise until January. Pay for a week for him and Michelle at an exclusive spa. Donate money to the millennium development villages project. Moreover, would he have to disclose how a surplus is spent?

p.s. tonight is going to be a blast. I’ve been invited to a condo rooftop party in DC that has more than 150 RSVPs. Although I’m not impersonating anyone in particular, I’m going with either my green or bright pink wig and some black or red fishnet stockings.