'Let's Do Lunch'
The e-mail from Hillary Clinton landed in the in-boxes of her supporters on Tuesday with the subject line: "Let's do Lunch."
Inside was an invitation: "We're going to choose one supporter to come to my house in DC, along with a guest, to share lunch and talk. And if you contribute between now and midnight Friday, September 7, it could be you."
The concept was not new -- Barack Obama invited his internet donors to compete for a chance to sit down with him for dinner back in June. Five donors were selected, and dined with Obama later that month. But with an added boost yesterday from President Clinton, who announced he would drop in on the meal, too, the Clinton fundraising gambit is looking to be among her most successful online efforts.
The two emails had generated more than $600,000 in contributions over the first 72 hours, said Phil Singer, a Clinton campaign spokesman.
It's not clear how that compares with Obama's dinner-time haul. His campaign would not release their totals, saying only that Obama's dinner invitation garnered more than 35,000 responses.
Washington Post editors
September 7, 2007; 11:00 AM ET
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