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What $40,000 gets you in presidential fundraising

June 7, 2012 • National News


FILE – In this March 15, 2012 file photo, actor George Clooney leaves the White House in Washington. If you have $40,000 to spend, President Barack Obama’s campaign has a deal for you. Write a big check, and you’ll get you a picture with the president and the chance to swap political strategy him _ all while enjoying a gourmet meal at the lavish home of a Hollywood celebrity or Wall Street tycoon. And if you’re lucky, you might just end up with a plum post as a U.S. ambassador or an invitation to an exclusive White House state dinner. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — If you have $40,000 to spend, President Barack Obama’s campaign has a deal for you.

Write a big check, and you’ll get you a picture with the president and a chance to swap political strategy with him — all while enjoying a gourmet meal at the lavish home of a Hollywood celebrity or Wall Street tycoon. And if you get the campaign even more money, you might just end up with a plum post as a U.S. ambassador or an invitation to an exclusive White House state dinner.

Obama not your preference? No problem. Mitt Romney is offering donors perks that include everything from a private dinner with him to seats at the fall debates.

Welcome to the world of high-dollar presidential campaign fundraising.

Five months before the November election, both candidates are stacking their schedules with big-money fundraising events from coast to coast as they look to stockpile cash for the height of the campaign. On Wednesday, Romney was courting donors in Texas while Obama was holding four Login to read more

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