Should Presidential Candidates Use Star Power to Fuel Donations?

George ClooneyAs you might have heard last week, the Obama campaign is making a very flashy effort to increase its war chest by entering donors to win a dinner date with George Clooney and the president.

The campaign hopes to encourage more supporters to give small amounts of cash to Mr. Obama's reelection effort, and it's not surprising considering the fact that the president's major donors aren't turning out for him like they did in 2008.

When I wrote about the Clooney connection last week, though, the response from CafeMom members was overwhelmingly negative. Even George Clooney's fans felt that using the prospect of getting close to the Hollywood star in order to get donations for a presidential election was inappropriate.

That makes this a good topic of debate for our political bloggers. This week, we're putting the question to them:

Should presidential candidates be using "star power" to woo the American public? Why or why not?

Tell me what you think in the comments.


We'll probably see many more creative fundraising efforts by the Obama campaign as we get closer to the election -- the worry over the Obama war chest stems from the Supreme Court ruling in 2010 that allows Super PACs to accept unlimited funding from corporations, unions, and individuals. That money can be used to support or oppose presidential candidates.

While Mr. Obama is well ahead of Mitt Romney in terms of money raised, Democrats are very worried about the hundreds of millions of dollars in Super PAC money that will be used to help Mitt Romney in the general election.

Add to that the fact that the president is running behind on donations from where he was at this point four years ago and you can understand why his campaign is dangling George Clooney before potential donors. This from The New York Times:

... Mr. Obama faces a major challenge in the months ahead. To raise as much money for his campaign as he did four years ago, the president would have to raise about $70 million a month through the end of the election cycle, more than triple the rate he has been bringing in cash so far.

Since 58 percent of Mr. Obama's donations are from individuals who gave $200 or less, expect to see his campaign pull out all the stops when it comes to convincing people like you to write a check.

Here's what our political bloggers have to say:

George Clooney Can Ask for Your Money But He Can't Buy Your Vote

George Clooney Is a Cheap Date That Most of the Country Can't Afford

Dinner With George Clooney Is the Perfect Way to Woo Voters

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