Senator Scott Brown's campaign office sent out a fundraising email today, inviting donors to submit an essay on "what the Fourth of July means to you" -- with the best essay to be awarded a trip to Boston for a Red Sox game. (During his Presidential campaign, Mitt Romney did something very similar.)My question: how common is this stuff? Let's see...we have here a pay-to-play essay "contest," a fundraising raffle, and exploiting a national holiday for partisan purposes. Nice trifecta! I'm curious: has anyone seen anything similar or better from other candidates?
Apparently, Patriotism comes with a price:
Please contribute $50 for your essay to qualify in this contest.If I was entering, I'd start off my essay like so:To me, the 4th of July holds great meaning -- especially in this increasingly cynical world, where some politicians see the holiday merely as a fundraising gimmick for wringing 50 bucks out of suckers who want to express their patriotism....
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
David S. Bernstein, ace reporter and brother, blogs this: