2012, the Sweepstakes Campaign Race
What seemed to be territory firmly staked out by the Obama team has now been waded into by the GOP: fundraising contests.
Last week, Barack Obama announced a chance for donors -- "if you chip in $5 or whatever you can" -- to meet Michael Jordan and the president over dinner, "maybe even shooting some hoops with some of the other basketball stars, past and present," at an event later this month in New York.
Last month, the Obama campaign was asking for "$3 or whatever you can" to automatically be entered for a trip to Obama's birthday party in Chicago.
This evening the National Republican Congressional Committee sent out an email from Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) with a subject line similar to what Dems have been using -- "Let's meet up":
Id [sic] like you and a guest to join me in Tampa at the GOP Convention. The contest to win this trip ends in 4 days, so chip in $25 right now and youll [sic] be automatically entered.
Well, today is your chance...
The NRCC will cover airfare and the hotel for you and your guest.
This is a chance to witness history in person: Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are going to reapply the Founding Principles that made America the greatest nation on earth.
Youll [sic] get to watch it live and I look forward to seeing you there.
Chip in $25 today and you might be on your way to the GOP convention.
See you in Tampa,
The email directs to an entry page on the NRCC site with a picture of Ryan and Cantor.