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Obama Plays Politics with March Madness Brackets

By Todd Starnes

President Obama’s re-election campaign is playing politics with NCAA March Madness.

Team Obama has launched an online campaign called, “Take The Obama Bracket Challenge.” Americans are invited to fill in an online bracket and compare it with President Obama’s.


“It’s college basketball time again – and as friends and co-workers gather around the water cooler to talk top seeds and Cinderellas, here’s your chance to fill out a bracket with the President himself,” the website states. “And how’s this for bragging rights: we’ll publish a list of everyone who does better than the president here on BarackObama.com after the tournament is over.”

But your bracket results are not the only thing Team Obama is collecting.

After you finish filling out your online bracket, the Obama campaign instructs you to provide your name, email address and zip code. Afterwards, another page pops up instructing you to provide your mailing address, home telephone number, the name of your employer, and your occupation.

But that’s not all the information Team Obama requested. They also want your cash.

The website then instructs users to provide a monetary donation to the campaign. If you don’t contribute, Team Obama won’t let you play.

Anyone entering “0” in the contribution amount, will be instructed to provide a donation between $3 and $5,000.

Critics might argue there’s a fine line between Hoopster-in-Chief and Huckster-in-Chief.