An invitation

The following invitation was in my inbox today:


Dear Leslie,
Michelle Obama is in Seattle on July 17th for a luncheon — and I don’t want you to miss the opportunity to see our future First Lady.
This event is selling out, so it’s important for you to RSVP today to reserve your seat.
RSVP today at www.ChrisGregoire.com/events/Obama
Event details are below
Noon, July 17, 2008
WaMu Theater at Qwest Field 800 Occidental Ave South, Seattle
Tickets start at $200
RSVP at www.ChrisGregoire.com/events/Obama
Contact Ansley at ALacitis@chrisgregoire.com or 206-903-0520 to sign up to be a table captain or for more information.
I hope to see you there!
Thanks, Chris Gregoire
The maximum donation per individual or organization is $3,200 per election cycle, half of which will be allocated to the primary election and half to the general election. Because of the participation of a campaign for federal office in this event, People for Chris Gregoire is soliciting only contributions from individuals in amounts not exceeding $1600 per election. Only contributions from federally permissible sources are being solicited. Corporate and labor treasury contributions are not being solicited. Contributions from currently registered federal lobbyists, registered foreign agents, federal political action committees, or minors under the age of 16 will not be accepted in connection with this event. Political contributions are not tax deductible for any purpose.

So that is the reason why Barack Obama opted out of federal funds for his campaign, not because he is raising $20 via the internet from some grandma in Des Moines. Suddenly, like any other politician, his events cost thousands of dollars.

I can’t really say that at this point in time, either Michelle Obama or Chris Gregoire are two Democratic women that I would pay hundreds of dollars to spend an evening with…

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