With the presidential election only two months away, candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are full-court pressing voters for money -- at least any voter who has an email address and, well, money.

I have been inundated with requests. As a registered Democrat (I switched parties in 2007 so I could vote in the Democratic primary), almost all of the requests are from either Clinton or her followers.

In addition to both Clinton and her running mate, Tim Kaine, I have been asked for money from President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle Obama; Vice President Joe Biden; former President Jimmy Carter; Barbra Streisand; and Clinton Campaign Manager Robby Mook. I am a friend to them all -- I know this because all the emails address me as Friend!

According to the emails, Hillary needs me now more than ever. All I need to do is chip in $1 to:

1. join the 2.3 million grassroots donors standing with her; and

2. get a sticker.

Of course, if I chipped in $1 for each email I received, it would amount to more than $20, but I'm sure once I donated, the requests would stop coming.

I also have received a request for money from both Donald Trump and his son, Eric. I am, of course, a Friend to them, too.

Eric wrote that for $5 I would be put into a drawing to sit near his father at a special dinner. In case you were wondering, there were no instructions helping me determine what I should wear to dinner.

Donald Trump wrote he would match any amount of money I donated "up to $1 million." After reading his email, I determined under no circumstances would I donate more than $1 million if he was unwilling to match it. Call that my line in the sand.

In the end, with my self-esteem at an all-time high, I have decided not to contribute to either campaign.

My only disappointments are neither former President Bill Clinton or Republican Vice Presidential candidate Mike Pence asked me for money. But I'm sure they have been busy.

Because of my VIP status, there is still plenty of time.

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Bob Ulrich
Bob Ulrich

Editor, Retired

Editor Bob Ulrich has earned a reputation as an industry expert thanks to his insightful, in-depth articles and blogs on the tire industry. Before joining Modern Tire Dealer in 1985, Bob earned a B.A. in English literature from Ohio Northern University. Also, he graduated from the University of Akron School of Law with a J.D.

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Editor Bob Ulrich has earned a reputation as an industry expert thanks to his insightful, in-depth articles and blogs on the tire industry. Before joining Modern Tire Dealer in 1985, Bob earned a B.A. in English literature from Ohio Northern University. Also, he graduated from the University of Akron School of Law with a J.D.

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