– The Web site for GOP primary contender Mitt Romney is seeking donations with a drawing: Donate $1 or more to his presidential campaign and you will get a chance to spend election night in New Hampshire with the former Massachusetts governor.
“Here’s the deal,” the text reads on the home page. “For every dollar you donate, you will receive an entry to win. So if you donate $10, you’ll get 10 entries.”
You have to read the small print at the bottom of the page, however, to get the details on the “deal,” including the obligatory legal requirement that individuals can be entered for a chance to win without making a donation. You are required to enter a donation amount, even if it is “0” to be in the lottery.
The small print also reveals that the value of the first prize is approximately $975 – one round-trip coach class plane ticket in the continental United States to Manchester, N.H., a one-night hotel stay in Manchester, and ground transportation.
The winner must also be a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident of the United States, Puerto Rico, or the District of Columbia, and be at least 18 years old.
Once a donation is made, visitors to the Web site are taken to another page where the necessary information can be inputted to complete the process, including credit card information and your occupation and employer (the latter is required by federal law, the text states).
“Be a part of history. Be there with Mitt” is the headline on this page. “On Jan. 10th, history will be made in the first-in-the-nation primary state as voters cast their ballot,” the text states. “And one of you will be there to witness it all in person with Mitt.”
“Many of you have stood by Mitt from the beginning by donating your time, money and support,” the text states. “Election Night will be a great moment to celebrate all of your hard work.”
According to a CNN/Time poll taken of 543 likely voters from Dec. 21 and Dec. 27, Romney is currently leading in New Hampshire with 44 percent of the vote, Ron Paul is second at 17 percent and Newt Gingrich third at 16 percent.
A Boston Globe poll taken of the same number of likely voters polled from Dec. 12 to Dec. 19 shows Romney on top with 39 percent of the vote and Paul and Gingrich tied for second with 17 percent each.
The Real Clear Politics average of the four latest New Hampshire Primary polls of likely voters (including Rasmussen Reports and Public Policy Polling) give Romney the win in the Granite State with 37.8 percent to Gingrich’s 18 percent and Paul’s 17.8 percent.
In the average poll, Huntsman is in fourth place with 10.8 percent and all the other GOP candidates in single digits.