Patch's Poll: Would You Pay $500 to Attend a Presidential Campaign Visit?

That was the ticket price to see President Barack Obama during a campaign stop in Stamford on Monday.

President Barack Obama came to Connecticut Monday evening for a pair of quick fundraising visits with supporters and wealthy donors.

to a $500-per-ticket reception at the Stamford Marriott, followed by a $35,800-a-head dinner at the Westport home of movie mogul Harvey Weinstein. The money will go straight to Obama’s 2012 presidential campaign.

Obama is trailing Romney in fundraising, . The president’s campaign has raised $2.8 million versus Romney’s campaign raising $4.8 million.

All this talk about money has got us asking: would you pay $500 to see a presidential candidate speak, whether it be Obama or Romney? Take our poll and share your thoughts in the comments.

Bob Fawkes August 08, 2012 at 02:48 PM
"We don't elect our people into office, we buy them." Same as it ever was.... 38 years ago on this date (8/8/74), that lying bastard Richard Nixon resigned as President of the United States. I remember when it happened; my family and I were at Rocky Neck State Park and I was listening on a transistor radio to 1010 WINS news out of New York City when it all went down. He said he was not a criminal but he was that, and much more: a liar, a corrupt politician and a suspected closet homosexual with his mafia fixer Cuban buddy "Bebe" Rebozo. His Vice President Spiro Agnew openly accepted bags of cash bribes in the White House. Nixon was probably the most corrupt politician of the 20th century and he was later disbarred by the State of California from ever practicing law again. He sent hundreds of thousands of young men to their death in Viet Nam, fighting an opium war on behalf of the global kleptocracy. Today, he rots in well deserved hell.
Lise Cavallaro August 08, 2012 at 03:10 PM
I wouldn't pay to meet with any Presidential candidate. They should be paying to meet us, the people that elect them.
Paul Donoski August 08, 2012 at 06:06 PM
I don't have a extra $500 to attend any campaign event. If I did it would not be a Obama event. I am proud of America and want a president I am also proud of. Unfortunately it takes $$$ to run any political campaign. For decades we have been hearing about campaign reform but haven't seen any yet. Enough!
MAC August 09, 2012 at 02:58 AM
I was there in the "We Built this Mr. President" crowd across the street from his Mon. fundraiser in Stamford. For a sample of the enthusiastic protest against Obama's ruination of our nation's economy, watch the passionate "Barbara from Harlem" video linked here. Barbara is black, and an enthusiastic member of and promoter of Tea Party principles of Personal Responsibility, Limited Government, and Balanced Budgets. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5vLebCTGHJk ..."Obama is losing independents and having trouble fundraising in Connecticut. ...it's a big switch from 2008. "Where you can really see his problems is in fundraising."... "See the financial shellacking Obama is getting from Romney in one of America's wealthiest communities"... "Romney is raising four times as much from an area that, in 2008, Obama positively relied on."... "The area is on pace to outperform the money contributed in 2008. If any donors are sitting out, they're Obama donors being replaced by Romney backers"... "Obama is getting creamed on fundraising on this crucial turf. The wealthy Connecticut crowd that paid the rent in 2008 isn't with him anymore."... http://www.businessinsider.com/obama-fundraising-problems-in-connecticut-2012-8
Ann Della Camera August 09, 2012 at 04:27 AM
Richard, this is truly sad, because all this money is spent on paper. ad's, tv commercials, bumper stickers, flyers. All that stuff will be tossed out after the election. Its time to get back to grassroots campaigns, candidates going door to door. So many people are in need and to see all that money wasted by the rich looking for future favores. I wish someone would arrange a bus trip in each state and take both candidates on a city tour to see how many forclosures there are, which people worked there life time to have. I want them to see the tent cities, see the people getting in line for a dish of food, Yes, it is buying the election, just seems all the politicians want is to promote themselves and forget how many are homeless and hungry. Wouldn't it be nice if one candidate took $400 million and aided people in each state that worked hard only to lose all. Yes, its a dream I know,.but at least I got it off my chest.


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