The Obama Campaign has a new and clever offer to encourage donations. The candidate promises to sit down for a "relaxing" dinner with four ordinary Americans/donors in order hear their views and concerns. We are all now encouraged to send a contribution before a given deadline in order to get a chance to be invited to the next intimate dinner with the candidate. The lucky winners will have their trips and meals paid for by the Campaign. The advertisement, if that is the right word, is careful not to say this is a lottery. I do not mean to turn this blog post into a campaign site, especially because we at Chicago take (justifiable) pride in Senator Obama, and also because to link here to the site, might violate some campaign finance rule, but you can see the offer for yourself by Googling the candidate's name and "dinner" or by navigating through the campaign website.