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Obama to Accept Nomination Before Crowd of 75,000

In this Jan. 22, 2006 file photo, balloons rise into the Colorado sky over Invesco Field at Mile High in Denver at a Denver Broncos game. (Associated Press)

By Jonathan Weisman
After coy hints over the long holiday weekend, the Obama campaign officially announced today that Sen. Barack Obama will accept the Democratic nomination at the 75,000-seat Invesco Field at Mile High in Denver, home of the Denver Broncos.

And how did the campaign break the news to supporters? How else? Through an Internet fund-raising appeal.

"I wanted you to be the first to hear the news," campaign manager David Plouffe wrote in an e-mail to Obama's millions of contributors. "...Barack has made it clear that this is your convention, not his.

"On Thursday, August 28th, he's scheduled to formally accept the Democratic nomination in a speech at the convention hall in front of the assembled delegates.

"Instead, Barack will leave the convention hall and join more than 75,000 people for a huge, free, open-air event where he will deliver his acceptance speech to the American people."

Then comes the pitch:

"If you make a donation of $5 or more between now and midnight on July 31st, you could be one of 10 supporters chosen to fly to Denver and spend two days and nights at the convention, meet Barack backstage, and watch his acceptance speech in person. Each of the ten supporters who are selected will be able to bring one guest to join them," Plouffe wrote.

If that makes him sound a bit like a lottery salesman, well so be it. The Democratic National Convention is still hurting for cash and struggling to get organized. An official familiar with those problems confirmed over the weekend that the Obama campaign has begun fundraising on the convention's behalf.

By Web Politics Editor  |  July 7, 2008; 11:32 AM ET
Categories:  B_Blog , Barack Obama  
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