President Obama has been attending fancy dinners for weeks with campaign donors who give more than $30,000.
But the campaign announced Wednesday it will have a much smaller asking price for one meal: $5.
In a fundraising appeal signed by the president himself, the Obama re-election campaign is saying anyone who donates at least $5 on Wednesday automatically is placed into a lottery for a dinner with Obama. Four donors will get to attend the dinner, which does not yet have a date or a location.
“We’ll pay for your flight and the dinner -- all you need to bring is your story and your ideas about how we can continue to make this a better country for all Americans,” Obama says in an e-mail message to campaign supporters. “This won’t be a formal affair. It’s the kind of casual meal among friends that I don’t get to have as often as I’d like anymore, so I hope you’ll consider joining me.”
The appeal comes as Obama’s campaign is ramping up its fundraising operations, looking to collect $60 million for the period from April to June.