$1 Million Streaker Prize Up to White House
A man who ran naked at President Barack Obama's rally in Philadelphia in the weekend has likely won $1 million - but only if someone in the Obama camp confirms the man was close enough to the commander in chief.
“We’re delighted to say (the streaker) probably has (won the prize),” billionaire Alki David told CNBC.
David recently offered $1 million to anyone who could streak in front of Obama with Battlecam.com, the name of David's competition Web site, written on his or her chest and shout "Battlecam" six times.
On Sunday, 24-year-old Juan J. Rodriguez of New York City was charged with indecent exposure, public lewdness and disorderly conduct after he allegedly streaked at the rally. Rodriguez was arraigned Monday night and released on a $10,000 signature bond.
The video of Rodriguez apparently streaking is on Youtube.com. (Warning: this clip contains nudity).
“We’re very happy, he has done everything (to win the challenge),” David told CNBC.
In a previous interview with CNBC, David said costs such as lawyers and fines needed to be taken into account, and that he had been contacted by between 150 and 160 "serious" applicants for the prank.
“I have the lawyer on, (Rodriguez is) out on bail and out of jail,” David told CNBC, adding that "the three charges are 2nd-grade misdemeanors."
Asked why he chose Obama as the target, David had earlier told CNBC that although he is an Obama fan, it’s because of the president's global reach.
"I have nothing against him, I think he's an awesome human being, I really do. He just happens to be the wrong president at the wrong time," David said.
The only thing standing between Rodriguez and the $1 million prize is confirmation from the Obama camp that the President was within ‘eyesight and earshot’ of the streaker.
David hopes this will be done Tuesday.
“We will be presenting the prize at (Rodriguez's) home in New York City,” David told CNBC, adding, “We’re looking forward to handing (over) the cash.”