JIM FUGLIE: View From The Prairie — Gift Cards, Golf Balls, Toddler Shirts and Koozies; Good Grief

OK, a couple of months ago, I bit on Doug Burgum’s now-famous gambit to send $20 gift cards to anyone who would send him a dollar to help him qualify for the debate last week. I sent him a dollar July 17. I immediately got an e-mail that said, “Thank you for your donation! Due to high demand the gift card will take a few weeks to be sent to you.”

Well, the gambit worked for him. Apparently, I joined 39,999 others in sending him money to get him on the stage. Must have cost him a million or so though (pocket change for what North Dakota Democratic-NPL Chairman Adam Goldwyn called “just another bored billionaire”). That was the price of his admission to the debate.

I missed the debate. I was canoeing on the Missouri River in Montana, where the view of Wednesday night’s sunset was far better than that of eight wannabes arguing over trivial matters of little significance.

But when I got home, my $20 gift card was waiting for me.

Along with a flood of e-mails offering me ways to spend it, including:

A Doug Burgum Cap for just $45.

A Doug Burgum Blue T-Shirt, also $45.

A Doug Burgum Red T-Shirt for just $40. (Want to guess which one sold the most?)

A Doug Burgum Toddler Shirt. (I couldn’t find the price of that, but isn’t it just CUTE?)

A Pair of Camouflage Can Coolers for $22.

An American Flag for just $1. (I couldn’t find what size the flag was, but the shipping must have been more than the dollar donation.)

A Doug Burgum Golf Ball Set for $35. (It doesn’t say how many are in a “set.”)

There’s lots more. Just check out his “Shop” website. Remember, you’re not really “shopping,” but “donating” to his campaign. He’s rewarding you for your donation. Bored billionaires can do that.

And the best thing, he told me in an e-mail is that, “The first 40,000 patriots who donate $1 or more will get their name on our Official Donor Wall.” I don’t know where that Donor Wall is going to be erected, but I hope he lists us in alphabetical order so I can find my name.

OK, so I’ve got my gift card.

What do I do with it? Well, it says on the front it is a debit card, so I’m going to see if I can get cash. And if I do, I’m going to pocket my $1 investment, and send $19 to Joe Biden, courtesy of Doug Burgum.

2 thoughts on “JIM FUGLIE: View From The Prairie — Gift Cards, Golf Balls, Toddler Shirts and Koozies; Good Grief”

  • RIchard Watson August 31, 2023 at 9:14 am

    sad day when our state media ignores the behavior because it has become “normal”–thanks for telling the story–

  • Kevin S Wymore August 31, 2023 at 10:25 am

    I’m as concerned about Mr. Biden’s fitness for office as Mr. Burgum’s.


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