Two days before a big fundraiser at Sarah Jessica Parker’s house in New York, the Obama campaign today announced a new version of its popular and profitable lotto dinner. “We’re adding a twist to the upcoming Dinner with Barack: You not only have the chance to sit down for a meal with the President and a guest of your choice. You also get to help pick the President’s guest,” said the campaign in an online and email blast today. Like with the record-breaking May 10 fundraiser at George Clooney’s pad and this week’s big affair co-hosted by the Sex and The City star and Vogue editor Anna Wintour, potential attendees need only donate $3 to enter into the guest lotto. Like the Clooney and Parker events, there will of course likely be other guests who paid big bucks to be in the room — tickets for the Clooney dinner went for around $40,000 a pop. While they’ll cover the winners’ airfare and hotel, the campaign offered no date or location for this latest dinner. Maybe that’s the next fundraising twist — pick where to have dinner with the president. Bet they have great snacks down in the Situation Room.
There was no lotto when the President was in town last week for more of Hollywood’s cash. But tickets for the fundraiser at Glee creator Ryan Murphy and his fiancé David Miller’s house went for $25,000 for individuals and $40,000 for couples. Reese Witherspoon, Julia Roberts and HBO’s Michael Lombardo were among the 70 guests. Earlier last week, Obama was in NYC with former President Bill Clinton and Jon Bon Jovi as his wingmen.