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Monday, August 20, 2012

Hungry for Obama Dinner Parties Go Viral in San Francisco

Posted By on Mon, Aug 20, 2012 at 9:10 AM

click to enlarge Eat your heart out, Mitt
  • Eat your heart out, Mitt

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.

So if you are hungry to see Obama win another four years, join the next dinner party this Thursday when the group will host Obamacare for Seconds?

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Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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