Ernest Istook: Free Dinners With President Obama

Millions of Americans probably received this week’s email from President Obama, inviting them to send money and be registered to win a free dinner with the President.

I took it as a personal invitation to be one of four people to be chosen. And upon reading the fine print, I find that I don’t have to send a donation in order to win this lottery.

After all, if I contribute to the President I might be forced to accept an ambassadorship or some other federal job.

The combination of campaign finance laws and raffle laws probably require that you cannot charge for the chance to dine with the President if a lottery is involved. So Obama must allow even non-donors to enter his contest. That can be done at

The Washington Times this morning features my account of how it feels when “Obama Invites Me to Dinner!”, online at

Obama’s contest is a golden opportunity for millions of unemployed Americans who want to tell the president what they think.

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