Team Obama made it official this morning - he’ll accept the nomination from Denver’s Invesco Field at Mile High, home of the Denver Broncos.
Instead of speaking to about 16,000 on the convention floor at the Pepsi Center, Obama will take his acceptance speech outdoors and across the parking lot.
It also will help with fundraising. The Obama campaign this morning is telling supporters their cash contribution could help them “join” the historic event.
Under a “Support the Open Convention” banner the campaign solicits donations.
“At the Democratic National Convention next month, Barack will deliver his acceptance speech in front of 75,000 people at a free, open event in Denver, Colorado.
Make a donation of $5 or more between now and midnight on July 31st, and you could be one of 10 supporters chosen to meet Barack backstage and watch his acceptance speech in person.
Each of the 10 selected supporters can bring a guest, and will be flown to Denver to spend two days at the convention, culminating in Barack’s speech on Thursday, August 28th.
Make a donation now and you could have a front row seat to history.”
The DNC’s convention committee said it will “throw open” the doors of the event and break “the mold of traditional political conventions.
The committee said a “special block of ‘Community’ credentials” will be saved for Colorado residents to attend.
UPDATE, NOON: Obama campaign manager David Plouffe sends donors this note below urging them to give toward the “open convention.” The Obama home page also has been turned into the convention donation portal.
I wanted you to be the first to hear the news.
At the Democratic National Convention next month, we’re going to kick off the general election with an event that opens up the political process the same way we’ve opened it up throughout this campaign.
Barack has made it clear that this is your convention, not his.
On Thursday, August 28th, he’s scheduled to formally accept the Democratic nomination in a speech at the convention hall in front of the assembled delegates.
Instead, Barack will leave the convention hall and join more than 75,000 people for a huge, free, open-air event where he will deliver his acceptance speech to the American people.
It’s going to be an amazing event, and Barack would like you to join him. Free tickets will become available as the date approaches, but we’ve reserved a special place for a few of the people who brought us this far and who continue to drive this campaign.
If you make a donation of $5 or more between now and midnight on July 31st, you could be one of 10 supporters chosen to fly to Denver and spend two days and nights at the convention, meet Barack backstage, and watch his acceptance speech in person. Each of the ten supporters who are selected will be able to bring one guest to join them.
Make a donation now and you could have a front row seat to history:
We’ll follow up with more details on this and other convention activities as we get closer, but please take a moment and pass this note to someone you know who might like to be there.
It will be an event you’ll never forget.
Obama for America
— Christina Bellantoni, national political reporter,
The Washington Times
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