|The Minnesota Gambling Control Board is asking the state’s Department of Public Safety to investigate an offer made by Democrat Presidential candidate Barack Obama.|
Last week, a member of staff for the Illinois Senator asked supporters via an e-mail to donate to the campaign before the end of the month for a chance to be chosen to attend the Democratic National Convention in Colorado in late-August.
'If you make a donation of five dollars or more between now and midnight on July 31st, you could be one of ten supporters chosen to fly to Denver and spend two days and nights at the Convention, meet Barack backstage and watch his acceptance speech in person,” read an e-mail attributed to David Plouffe, Campaign Manager for Obama.
“Each of the ten supporters who are selected will be able to bring one guest to join them.'
However, the Gambling Control Board announced that the offer constituted an illegal lottery as no one from Obama’s staff had applied for a license. Minnesota is to host this year’s Republican National Convention and state law stipulates that only non-profit organisations can hold such raffles if they have been granted a license.
Nick Kimball, spokesperson for Obama, stated that the campaign isn't conducting a drawing and has made it clear on the group’s website that supporters can participate without making a donation. He said that the ten winners would be chosen based on their 'individual stories'.