Summer vacation plans conflicting with your political interests?
Do you live overseas and miss the hurly burly and swanky fundraisers of an American election season?
This year, the presidential contenders are reaching out across the waters, to tap the cash in your pockets that might go otherwise untouched.
A round of Obama fundraisers has already popped up in scattered cosmopolitan capitals, where, according to Politico, American citizens living abroad have already pledged $4.5 million to the president’s campaign.
Don’t fret. It’s not too late to RSVP for the Obama Victory Fund's gala in Geneva, where on Aug. 27 actor George Clooney will host a raft of swells willing to part with $1,000 to $30,000.
If that’s too rich for your blood, there’s a more affordable Americans Abroad for Obama in Stockholm on Aug. 23. Hosted by the American ambassador to Sweden, Matthew Barzun, that party will run a more downscale $250 per person.
But don’t get your hopes up. The president himself will not be at either events.
Unfortunately, the campaign neglected to check the Jewish calendar, according to the newspaper Haaretz. The date is one of the most solemn of the year, Tisha B'Av, which commemorates the destruction of the Temple.
Faux pas. On a day of fasting, it just doesn’t pay to host an elaborate dinner party.