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Jeb Bush will be one of the first guests on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and the Republican presidential candidate has already capitalized on his slated appearance by sending out an email to supporters asking for a $3 minimum donation for the chance to attend a VIP ticket for a taping on Tuesday.

The contest includes dinner with the Bush campaign’s national finance co-chair, Woody Johnson.

Colbert called out Bush’s strategy in a “pre-show web video,” where the comedian smirked, “If you can’t afford $3, you’re probably not voting for Jeb Bush.”

“I think the contest is a great idea,” he continued. “But here’s the thing: No one from Jeb’s campaign asked if this was okay with me to raise money off my first show. Where’s my cut of that sweet three bucks, Governor? Huh?”

So Colbert is launching his own contest—“Jeb Bush on the Stephen Colbert Late Show Raffle!”: a minimum $3 donation to the Yellow Ribbon Fund gives you the chance to win two tickets to the first Late Show taping. Another perk? Colbert will ask Bush a “non-obscene question of your choice.” The comedian even throws in a dinner with his lead production accountant, Jason Block.

Seems like Colbert and Bush will have lots to talk about on the show, which premieres Tuesday.

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