Forget “we want your presence, not your presents,” the Obama campaign has a different take on tasteful this election season.
On Thursday the Obama-Biden re-election blog debuted a new option for supporters to help raise campaign cash.
“Got a birthday, anniversary, or wedding coming up?” the post asks. “Let your friends know how important this election is to you — register with Obama 2012, and ask for a donation in lieu of a gift. It’s a great way to support the President on your big day. Plus, it’s a gift that we can all appreciate—and goes a lot further than a gravy bowl.”
The registry page allows supporters to register any kind of event — the one major caveat, The Daily Caller learned while registering, is that all events must have donation goal of $50 or more.
Once registered an event page explains to potential party attendees why Obama is somehow a part of the upcoming birthday, bar mitzvah or block party.
“For my big day, I’d like to show my support for a cause I believe in — re-electing President Obama,” the default event page explains. “That’s why I’m asking my friends and family to donate to the Obama campaign. Thanks for chipping in!”
According to an event confirmation email, the money raised from the registry will help finance campaign organizers and volunteers.
“Thank you for showing your support, and asking your friends and family to give to this campaign,” Obama campaign deputy manager Julianna Smoot’s form letter read. “By requesting a donation in lieu of a typical gift, you’re helping make sure Obama 2012 organizers and volunteers have the clipboards, pamphlets, and gas money they need to get the word out about the choice we have to make in November. And you’re saving your guests the hassle of curling a ribbon or guessing your size.”