1.2 Million Who Signed Obama's ‘Birthday Card’ Asked to Send Fundraising Chain Letter to 'Five Friends'

By Pete Winn | August 4, 2010 | 5:18 PM EDT

In this May 7, 2010 file photo, first lady Michelle Obama delivers the keynote speech to the Democratic National Committee's Women's Leadership Forum 16th Annual National Issues Conference in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

(CNSNews.com) – Michelle Obama’s e-mail campaign to “Wish Barack a Happy Birthday,” a fundraiser sent out by the Democratic National Committee, has purportedly generated over 1.2 million signatures, according to a new e-mail from BarackObama.com.
But organizers want more and have sent out a fundraising “chain letter” asking recipients to forward Michelle Obama’s message “to five friends.”
As CNSNews.com reported, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) sent out an e-mail last week from the first lady asking people to sign an online birthday greeting for the president. But clicking on the link takes those who sign the card to a Democratic Party “donation” page that directly solicits contributions.
The latest e-mail, sent in the name of Organizing for America founder David Plouffe, states the following:
“Today's the President's 49th birthday, and I just heard how many of you have signed his birthday card so far: 1,266,611 as of this morning.
“It's already an amazing show of support. But before the card is delivered -- with all of your signatures -- I want to make sure as many folks as possible get the chance to sign it.
“Will you forward the First Lady's e-mail below to five friends and ask them to sign with you?”
The e-mail provides a link to the official “Sign the card” Web page, which asks for a name and an e-mail address. Clicking the “Send the card” button takes the viewer directly to a page soliciting money.