Saturday, November 1, 2008

Election Night Lottery

Idly, I wonder if this is legal:

Ken --

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 make their first donation to the campaign 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 $5 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,



Lil' Hammerhead said...

Why would there be a question about legality?

:} Now that I know.. I need to try to get into that "group of five"! Wouldn't that be great.. watching the results coming in with the candidate..

KAP said...

I think the other The Other guy would call it a gang of five.

I thought you have to give everyone a chance in giveaways like this, even if they don't put up the bucks. I could easily be wrong.

Winged Hussar 1683 said...

This might be an illegal lottery, and Obama's campaign had a run-in with Minnesota law enforcement over previous such solicitations in the past. The Obama campaign promised to modify them to allow entry without making a donation, but I saw no such offer in this latest E-mail or the linked Web page.

Furthermore, has anyone gotten one of these solicitations by U.S. Mail? It is illegal to mail lottery solicitations (possible exceptions include state lotteries and other legal lotteries).

KAP said...

I vaguely remember a dust-up; it might have been Minnesota. Maybe the law varies state-by-state.

They seem to be concentrating on internet fundraising. Why not? It's working.