Eager to close the funding gap between Obama’s and Romney’s campaigns, this Aug 22nd, one lucky NYC court will play host to showdowns between deep-pocket donors and basketball legends Michael Jordan, Carmelo Anthony, Patrick Ewing and Sheryl Swoopes…and maybe the Hoopster-in-Chief (God bless you, NY Daily News). The winner gets dinner with Obama and Jordan. Once again: the winner gets to share chow with the President and the greatest basketball player who ever lived. Entry for a website raffle to win an all-expenses-paid trip on the court starts at $3, though wealthy donors are expected to pony up $35,000-$40,000 to share the court with the above stars. Benevolent bonus: Obama for America Deputy National Field Director Marlon Marshal notes that the shot at the top is transferable should you have a friend (or a dedicated journalist??) who’s more of a natural on the court.

“Don’t worry if suiting up with hoops stars isn’t your thing,” Marshall’s email read. “I know you’ve got a kid or a friend who would love nothing more than to play with their heroes while you cheer them on from a courtside seat.”

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