As we witnessed with the Chick-fil-A gay marriage debate, nothing gets Americans off their asses to protest, vote, or generally fulfill their civic duties like the promise of food.
And seeing how Obama needs all the help he can get now, the Hungry for Obama movement has reactivated in San Francisco. The experimental fundraising project was started in San Francisco during Obama's 2008 bid for the White House; at that time, the dinner parties helped kick in $50,000 in San Francisco.
Now Hungry for Obama founders and San Francisco housemates Louis Eisenberg and Brad Wolfe are hoping to raise significantly more money via viral dinner parties this fall.
Here's how it works:
Each dinner guest commits
to both donate to the Obama campaign and host a dinner
party. The San Francisco roommates expect to raise significantly more money this fall for Obama's 2012 re-election.
"Hungry for Obama is a statement about grassroots politics and the
future of our democracy," said Eisenberg, a software engineer at
Facebook. "Despite the Citizens United decision and the scary sums of
money that corporations and special interests are spending on this
election, we still believe that ordinary people can find inspiration in
getting together and supporting a common cause. In fact, it's more
important now than ever."
Wolfe also noted that Hungry for Obama is about more than raising money -- it's about good friends and good food. "We want to combine
friends and food to spark a chain of meaningful conversations -- that's
how change really happens," he said.
Eisenberg, Wolfe, and their other roommates have already hosted two dinners at their San Francisco home, where they served chicken stew and brussels sprouts to some 30 hungry Democrats, each of whom has pledged to host their own Hungry for Obama event
in the next few weeks.