Fundraising Dinner

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A fundraising dinner is primarily understood to be a method of campaign finance in the United States that has been increasingly used in the United States since the 1920s to bridge the funding start-up period.

Here, after paying a relatively high entrance fee of between 1000 and 50,000 US dollars, a dinner can be consumed in the presence of well-known politicians and candidates of the respective party. As an additional entertainment program, after shorter speeches by the candidates, performances by actors or musicians close to the candidates are common.

Like all other donations over ten dollars, these must be disclosed under the 1974 amendment to the Federal Election Campaign Act and, once they exceed $100, must be submitted for verification with the donor’s name, address, occupation and place of employment.

This method is widespread, was even brought to the attention of the non-American public in some films like “In the Line of Fire” (1993) by Wolfgang Petersen with Clint Eastwood and John Malkovich, when he wanted to use one of those events for an assassination.

For some years now, this method of obtaining funding has also been gaining acceptance in Europe, but here primarily among foundations.


  • Hans Sperber, Travis Trittschuh: American Political Terms. An Historical Dictionary. 4. Edition. Wayne State University Press, Detroit, Michigan 1969.
  • Jack C. Pano, Milton Greenberg: The American Political Dictionary. 11. Edition. Harcourt College Publishers, Fort Worth, Texas 2001, ISBN 0155068679.

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