Obama supporters were hit Wednesday with an email entitled: Got a spare couch or bed? The campaign has officially reached out to is faithful, asking them to open up their private residences to the nomadic workers who will be laboring for the Obama re-election effort through November.
The odd request begins by asking the Obama supporter to give up their privacy to some "dedicated organizers":
Some great folks we know are looking for a friendly place to stay.
A group of the most dedicated organizers and volunteers will be coming to Northern Virginia for the remaining weeks of the campaign. They heard we're looking to run a fierce ground game for President Obama this fall -- and they want to be a part of it.
But here's the thing: They need somewhere to stay. And I'm hoping you can lend them a hand with that."
The pitch continues by describing that the migrating workers won't ask you for much:
The folks who are coming won't ask for much. Many of them will gladly sleep on a comfy couch or an air mattress, or in a small spare room you might have.
What is the potential reimbursement for the housing? Apparently story-time. The email describes the great tales you will hear about the "energy" the Obama workers are "sparking":
I bet they'll come back at night with some amazing stories about the people they've reached and the energy they're sparking -- stories that you otherwise might not get to hear.
A click through on the link provided sends the couch volunteerism to a special landing page on the Official Obama campaign site. There you are asked if you could potentially host "4 or more" campaign workers "up to the election."
Some examples of potential lodging locations Obama campaign volunteers can look forward to:
The request en masse is certainly a unique campaign move that begs some serious questions: Why wouldn't the Obama Campaign want to stimulate the struggling economies of swing states by purchasing lodging? What background guarantee would a supporter have before a strange campaign worker moves in? Who pays for food? Is there a legal or medical liability under a homeowners agreement between a private citizen and a presidential campaign? The Obama camp in Virginia has been contacted by the Blaze, check back for updates.
See the copy of the full email below: