An array of perks for presidential campaign donors

AP News
Posted: Jun 06, 2012 5:29 PM

Write a really big check and President Barack Obama will take a picture with you and swap political strategy. He'll even feed you a fancy meal on fine wares at the plush home of a Hollywood celebrity or Wall Street tycoon. Give Republican presidential challenger Mitt Romney a large check and he may go a step further and invite you to a private dinner.

A look at the types of access money buys during presidential campaign season.


_$1,250: a chance to hear Obama speak at a Los Angeles gala Wednesday.

_$2,500: better seating at the same event.

_$5,000: an opportunity to hear Obama address a 250-person luncheon Wednesday in San Francisco.

_$10,000: a chance to shake Obama's hand and pose with him for a photo.

_$35,800: a chance to talk politics with the president at a private round-table event.


_$2,500: an opportunity to hear Romney's campaign speech in person.

_$10,000 donation or a commitment to raise $25,000: access to a smaller reception and a picture with the likely GOP nominee.

_Up to $50,000: the possibility of a private dinner with Romney.


_Among the perks for anyone who turns over at least $250,000 to Romney's campaign are access to the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., in late August, an election night event and a weekly briefing from the campaign.

_Bundlers who raise up to $500,000 also get access to the presidential debates in October.

_Among the most exclusive opportunities Romney is offering his bundlers is a June retreat in Park City, Utah.