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Obama's NASCAR Tickets Auctioned Off for Charity...at a Loss


"didn’t create the frantic, high-paced competitive bidding that we had hoped"

(Photo: AP)

Despite earning the nickname "fundraiser-in-chief" by conservatives for what appear to be endless money-raising initiatives, it's no secret that President Obama has taken in significantly less money than Mitt Romney two months in a row. Now, it seems, he's even having a hard time raising money for third-party causes.

(Related: June Fundraising Numbers: Obama Campaign Beaten by $35 Million)

After the president turned down free tickets to this year's Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, the track reportedly chose to auction off the tickets (complete with the president's name and White House address) for a children's charity.

Some of the best seats in the house, the tickets retail at about $110 each, according to Sporting News.  Unfortunately, the track not only failed to earn money by selling the tickets-- it seems they actually took a loss.

Sporting News reports that the four tickets sold for a total of $300, which was still donated to charity.

“Though it didn’t create the frantic, high-paced competitive bidding that we had hoped, it did raise $300 for Speedway Children’s Charities,” NHMS president Jerry Gappens said in a press release.

The auction went on for about two weeks, and avid NASCAR fan Francine Slesinski took the prize.

(Related: Conservative Group Targets NASCAR Fans in Unconventional 'Get Out the Vote' Campaign)

“Francine got a great bargain, excellent seats to the biggest sporting event in New England and a one-of-a-kind collectible!” Gappens granted.

Slesinski said she "planned on getting tickets anyway" but "had to get" the executive tickets when she saw them.

Sporting News relates: "Gappens had originally hoped that President Obama might stop by the speedway while he was in New Hampshire on a campaign visit June 25 [but] Obama’s campaign declined the invitation, saying that it did 'appreciate the offer.'"

Perhaps it was a wise decision to reject the tickets.  NASCAR fans have not been quiet about their feelings towards President Obama in the past, seemingly booing Michelle Obama and Jill Biden back in November.

(H/T: Gateway Pundit)

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