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Obama 2012: Donate to spite your dad

I subscribe to the major presidential candidates’ email lists, so I can watch their strategies for winning minds and raising cash. Here’s one of the odder emails I’ve gotten lately. It’s a solicitation from the Obama campaign.

Subject: In honor of the GOP

Daryl —

Everyone’s got that special conservative in their life.

Maybe it’s your dad, who forwards you every chain email about the President’s birth certificate, or your neighbor, who just put up a Mitt Romney sign.

Dealing with these folks can be … frustrating.

This holiday season, we’re giving you a chance to have a little bit of fun at their expense. Let a Republican in your life know they inspired you to make a donation to the Obama campaign — chip in $3 or more today.

When you give to the campaign, simply enter your Republican friend’s email address and they’ll get a note letting them know that they motivated you to donate — which will surely make their day.

Not only that, but when you donate today, you’ll be entered to win a chance to have dinner with the President and First Lady. Just picture how good it’ll feel to let your honoree know about those dinner plans.

The other side is busy scrambling for the Iowa caucuses and a long string of primaries, trying to find a nominee. Meanwhile, we’ve got our candidate — and we’re already doing the work to get ready for November.

Give your conservative friends the gift of knowing they’ve inspired you to donate. After all, actions speak louder than words.

Please donate $3 or more today:




Julianna Smoot
Deputy Campaign Manager
Obama for America

P.S. — Really want to fire up your GOP friends? Buy them a gift from the 2012 store. I recommend the birther mugs — they get the message across pretty well.

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Weird email, right? “Maybe it’s your dad… This holiday season, we’re giving you a chance to have a little bit of fun at their expense.” It’s not too mean or aggressive for a campaign email. But still, using campaign donations to jab your family about politics—especially right before Christmas—tastes like sour egg nog.

How about this, Julianna: You do your job and convince me I should give money to reelect Obama because he’s a good president. I’ll decide when and how to make fun of my family.

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— By Daryl Lang. Filed under Politics

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