Covering the campaign? Ante up

With election day only a few days away, media organizations have their plans set for covering local, state and federal elections. For those covering the presidential campaigns at their respective election-night parties, incurring charges is probably nothing new. For this election, however, both campaigns are asking media organizations to up their ante. One campaign is charging considerably more in exchage for better access.

Lynn Sweet, a reporter for the Chicago Sun Times reported the story about a week ago online. Here is a link to her article on the charges for media access to Obama Campaign’s election night pary .

Here is a similar article reported by Sweet comparing the McCain campaign.

Both campaigns present a “pay-to-play” scenario for media organizations to juggle. Here are some, but not all, of the various charges both campaigns set up as reported by Sweet:

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