President Obama’s bizarre marriage-theme fund-raising scheme — where he asks couples to request campaign donations from their guests in lieu of wedding gifts — has been a total flop.
initiative, dubbed “the Event Registry,” is being mocked by event
planners and couples — and shows how desperate the Obama campaign is to
keep up with GOP contender Mitt Romney’s fund-raising.
officials launched the initiative in late June, the same month Obama
raised just $71 million compared to Romney’s $100 million.
“the Event Registry” has been all but ignored on social-media sites —
even though Facebook, Twitter and other networks have been a strong suit
for the Obama campaign.
“It’s a gift that we can all appreciate — and goes a lot further than
a gravy bowl,” said campaign staffer Laura Wilson while announcing the
The Obama campaign didn’t return requests for comment.
But wedding industry pros called the ploy tasteless and divisive.
is absurd. Republican or Democrat, you shouldn’t bring politics into a
wedding,” said Kristin Koch, a senior editor with weddingchannel.com.
“We found that nearly everyone found this to be a bad idea.”
Brides-to-be commenting on her site’s message board called the initiative “gross!” and “tacky” — with one writing, “Hell no!” (Full story here)