Published June 22, 2012
CHICAGO – Getting married? President Barack Obama's re-election campaign has the perfect wedding gift in mind.
The campaign has started an "Obama event registry" to let engaged fans of the president ask friends and family for donations to his re-election bid instead of presents.
"Got a birthday, anniversary, or wedding coming up?" the site asks. "Let your friends know how important this election is to you -- register with Obama 2012, and ask for a donation in lieu of a gift.
"It's a great way to support the President on your big day," it continues. "Plus, it's a gift that we can all appreciate -- and goes a lot further than a gravy bowl."
When signing up, supporters are asked to set a monetary goal. The site also provides some suggested language to use when hitting up friends and relatives for campaign cash.
"For my big day, I'd like to show my support for a cause I believe in -- re-electing President Obama," it reads. "That's why I'm asking my friends and family to donate to the Obama campaign. Thanks for chipping in!"
Obama has been raising money at a furious clip to keep pace with his rival Mitt Romney and the Republican Party.
Romney and the Republican National Committee raised $76.8 million in May, beating the $60 million taken in by Obama and the Democratic National Committee.