Sunday, February 14, 2016

Americans hit the fundraising circuit in foreign capitals

Americans living overseas are sought-after donors to presidential campaigns - expats have already pledged $4.5 million to the Obama's campaign.

Americans hit the fundraising circuit in foreign capitals


Summer vacation plans conflicting with your political interests?

Do you live overseas and miss the hurly burly and swanky fundraisers of an American election season?

This year, the presidential contenders are reaching out across the waters, to tap the cash in your pockets that might go otherwise untouched.

A round of Obama fundraisers has already popped up in scattered cosmopolitan capitals, where,  according to Politico, American citizens living abroad have already pledged $4.5 million to the president’s campaign.

What? You missed last night’s soiree in Paris and Wednesday’s first ever presidential fund fete in China?

Don’t fret. It’s not too late to RSVP for the Obama Victory Fund's gala in Geneva, where on Aug. 27 actor George Clooney will host a raft of swells willing to part with $1,000 to $30,000.

If that’s too rich for your blood, there’s a more affordable Americans Abroad for Obama in Stockholm on Aug. 23. Hosted by the American ambassador to Sweden,  Matthew Barzun, that party will run a more downscale $250 per person.

But don’t get your hopes up. The president himself will not be at either events.

Not to be outdone, the GOP also had planned a major shindig later this month in Israel.

Unfortunately, the campaign neglected to check the Jewish calendar, according to the newspaper Haaretz. The date is one of the most solemn of the year, Tisha B'Av, which commemorates the destruction of the Temple.

Faux pas. On a day of fasting, it just doesn’t pay to host an elaborate dinner party.

The campaign quietly canceled the event, but according to a tweet by a Haaretz columnist, Romney will still visit Israel that week to hobnob with deep-pocketed prospective donors.


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