DNC offers donors a NASCAR twist: Sponsor a stock car

DNC offers donors a NASCAR twist: Sponsor a stock car

Humpy Wheeler

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by TIM FUNK / The Charlotte Observer

WCNC.com

Posted on April 5, 2012 at 1:40 PM

Charlotte's host committee for the 2012 Democratic National Convention is emailing more than 250,000 people around the country today with a fundraising pitch that is pure Carolinas.

For a $5 contribution, these would-be donors are being told, they will be listed as sponsors on the convention's official "Powered by the American People" stock car.

The e-letter is signed by longtime Charlotte racing promoter H.A. “Humpy” Wheeler and is designed to help the "Charlotte in 2012" committee raise the $37 million it needs to pay for the convention in September.

"I’m proud that my home state was chosen to host the 2012 Democratic National Convention and excited to share some of the Southern hospitality that we are known for in the Carolinas," Wheeler says in the letter. "I’m even more proud that the Convention will kick off with a free, family-friendly Labor Day celebration at the place I spent the majority of my career at – the Charlotte Motor Speedway."

The stock car will also be part of that Labor Day party as well as other events leading up to the convention at Time Warner Cable Arena in uptown Charlotte.

Here's the entire e-letter from the Charlotte in 2012 Committee:

"Dear Charlotte in 2012 Supporter,

I’ve seen it all in this business, literally. In 1949, when I was only 11, I attended the first ever NASCAR race. Ever since that day, nobody could stop me from helping to build the sport that I loved to what it is today.

Whether you are a longtime fan of racing or have never had the chance to experience a race, you can become a sponsor of the Charlotte in 2012 “Powered by the American People” stock car. Be a part of our team by giving $5 or whatever you can right now and your name will appear on the Convention’s official stock car.

I’m proud that my home state was chosen to host the 2012 Democratic National Convention and excited to share some of the southern hospitality that we are known for in the Carolinas. I’m even more proud that the Convention will kick off with a free, family-friendly Labor Day celebration at the place I spent the majority of my career at – the Charlotte Motor Speedway.

I want you to be part of our racing family. If you give $5 – or whatever you can right now – you will be listed as a sponsor on the Convention’s official stock car.

Thank you, and I hope to see you in the Carolinas,

Sincerely,

H.A. “Humpy” WheelerCEO, The Wheeler Company."

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