Grapevine: Donors score seats at WH state dinner

Top Obama bundlers attended event for British PM


And now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine...

Dinner is $erved

More money meant more access to political heavyweights and other dignitaries at last night's state dinner for British Prime Minister David Cameron.

More than three dozen of President Obama's top fundraisers snagged VIP invites.

ABC notes 41 of the 360 guests were bundlers who have together raised more than $8 million for the president's re-election campaign.

It is not uncommon for presidents to reward major supporters in this way -- both President George W. Bush and President Clinton did the same.

However, the Associated Press observes -- quote - "[President] Obama previously has criticized Washington's pay-for-access privileges, and even donors themselves complained early in his presidency that they were kept at arm's length."

Voted Down

As it stands now, Indiana Republican Senator Richard Lugar will not actually be able to vote for himself in his state's May primary.

Today, a county election board voted along party lines to find Lugar and his wife ineligible to vote in their former home precinct because he does not own a house there or live there.

Lugar's office blasted the decision, noting the state election commission unanimously ruled his lack of a permanent Indiana home does not disqualify him from being on the ballot. As of now, he's on the ballot but won't be able to cast one.


Finally, police, firefighters and other Trenton city workers were down to their last rolls of toilet paper as a result of a budget battle in the Garden State.

Luckily, an emergency appropriation of $16,000 by the City Council saved the day.

Meanwhile, animal rights group PETA offered a six month supply of free toilet paper rolls. The toilet paper donation came with the condition that each sheet would contain a pro-vegan message that read in part, "Wipe cruelty from your diet."