And sure enough, a reader forwarded me an e-mail with the $3 offer (full e-mail image below)(emphasis in original):
As chief operating officer of this campaign, I’m the person people come to when they want to spend the money you’ve donated.
All the budgets, calculations, and planning lead to a simple “yes” or “no.” Yes, you can buy coffee and clipboards for neighborhood organizers in Ohio. No, you can’t have a fancy computer when a cheaper one does the job. That sort of thing.
Every team on the campaign has submitted their plans for the rest of this year — opening field offices, registering voters, building technology. And it all costs money.
I can’t say yes to everything — but what you do right now can help me say yes to more.
We have a critical fundraising deadline coming up on September 30th.
Help me say yes by giving $3 or more today.
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Help me say yes to what we need to do to put our plans in motion by donating $3 or more today — you’ll even be automatically entered for a chance to have dinner with President Obama
Those of you who paid the $5. Well, you’ve been played. Again. Slurpee not included this time.