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Do You Buy Political 'Swag'?

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Following Stephen Colbert's Super PAC experiment, campaign funding has become a hot-button issue, so there's a chance legislation will clamp down on it to prevent unfair alignments. President Obama does have his own Super PAC, but that's not his only source of funding. He also has a vast collection of political "swag" for sale -- bumper stickers ($5), mugs ($22.50), even iPhone cases ($40) and an eight-piece glassware set ($85).

They might sound a little pricey, but it is a campaign, after all. And it's not pricey enough to register as a large donation. Viveca Novak, spokeswoman for the Center for Responsive Politics, told Yahoo!, "The sale of these kinds of campaign knick-knacks probably increases the number of small donors to a campaign -- if one gets something tangible, one is more likely to give ... The small amounts spent by these purchasers aren't the kinds of contributions that would corrupt the system, hence the $200 reporting threshold enshrined in law." Do you ever buy political swag?


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  • Asa Core 2012/02/29 05:06:22
    No
    Asa Core
    I dont like to do...second-hand
  • Cameron Kirchhoff 2012/02/29 00:45:39
    No
    Cameron Kirchhoff
    Political "swag" is just like greeting cards: A waste of money.
  • abubincrazy 2012/02/28 23:26:12
    No
    abubincrazy
    BUY political advertising???
    HAHAHAHA!
  • budgerigar42 2012/02/28 22:59:27
    No
    budgerigar42
    That is just cheating.
  • Mike III% 2012/02/28 22:32:51
    No
    Mike III%
    +1
    I lost my ability to run/sprint in the army due to a hip injury -- If that was not payment enough for political swag, I don't know what is.
  • Fred 2012/02/28 22:09:32
    No
    Fred
    What moron would?
  • SodaBrain 2012/02/28 17:17:55
    No
    SodaBrain
    But I have in the past!
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  • T Bevan 2012/02/28 13:47:46
    No
    T Bevan
    Who cares?

    Other than almost all of the crap in made in China...

    You can see how the candidates support American Jobs , even the little ones...

    can you say made in america
  • Tasine 2012/02/28 13:43:04
    No
    Tasine
    Why would anyone spend money on that?
  • THB306 2012/02/28 11:07:19
    No
    THB306
    +1
    I don't care for politics... considering they're all just guys in suits with their hands in somebody's corporate pie trying to make a fast million without any regard to how the country is doing. Its just now those suits can have different colors of skin behind them, and soon those suits will prolly have skirts on them too. They're all still just suits tho.
  • Grammar... THB306 2012/03/07 15:48:03
    Grammar Freak
    Ain't that the truth.
  • ronbo 2012/02/28 04:31:24
    Yes
    ronbo
    +1
    Sometimes if it,s somebody I really like (read Ron Paul).
  • tntbs 2012/02/28 03:49:37
    No
    tntbs
    Stop It!
  • Bear 2012/02/28 02:46:03
    No
    Bear
    politicians suck as my wife likes to say
  • jere.chievres 2012/02/28 02:15:23
    No
    jere.chievres
    Don't buy and don't accept much either.
  • TheBorg 2012/02/28 00:48:13
    Yes
    TheBorg
    +3
    Some of my political swag:

    political swag

    political swag

    political swag

    political swag

    political swag
  • Cameron... TheBorg 2012/02/29 00:48:56
    Cameron Kirchhoff
    Love the last one.
  • Simi Dave 2012/02/27 20:43:39
    Yes
    Simi Dave
    But usually on ly at general election time.
  • Big Dave 2012/02/27 20:38:27
    No
    Big Dave
    +2
    this is not a sporting event, now if it were a Harley-Davidson event I would buy some stuff
  • T Bevan Big Dave 2012/02/28 13:51:55
  • william keegan 2012/02/27 17:45:01
    No
    william keegan
    +2
    If I wanted to donate to a political campaign, I would send a check! Selling overpriced trinkets etc. is 'cheesey'.
  • barbara 2012/02/27 17:41:58
    No
    barbara
    +2
    when are thy going to talk about what thy can do two change things for the better instead of slinging mud all the time how about doing something to make things better for all who live and work here.?
  • The San... barbara 2012/02/27 20:18:33
    The Sane One
    +1
    Because slinging mud works. The swing voters respond better to negative ads than to positive ads.
  • unaff 2012/02/27 17:12:58
    No
    unaff
    +4
    I would buy a 'none of the above in 2012' button though.
  • Ami Kate 2012/02/27 12:00:17
    No
    Ami Kate
  • Thane36425 2012/02/27 10:41:39
    No
    Thane36425
    +5
    Since I consider politics a barely necessary evil and the vast majority of those involved with it as sociopathic narcissistic power junkies who are a greater danger to the country than virtually any outside enemy we have today, I certainly won't encourage them by buying their junk.
  • Keelia 2012/02/27 08:01:52
    No
    Keelia
    +5
    I m not old enough to vote so buying political swag wouldn't be the best way to spend my money. I do know if I was going to vote in 2012 I would be supporting Santorum.
  • JanHopkins 2012/02/27 07:07:38
    No
    JanHopkins
    +2
    The only swag I ever got was at the bottome of a rummage sale box.
  • whimsycrat 2012/02/27 06:03:26
    No
    whimsycrat
    +2
    I don't generally, but I was a delegate to the Texas State Democratic Convention in 1992 and I did buy a few things when I was there, but some of those people, and would imagine it's the same for Republicans, are nuts. There were people at the convention who hardly had one square inch of their head or bodies that was not decorated with a pin or a button or a flag or a banner or something.
  • Chelsea 2012/02/27 05:38:13 (edited)
    No
    Chelsea
    +2
    I donate my hard earned money and volunteer my time. santorum for president 2012
  • TheMadChameleon 2012/02/27 05:27:27
    No
    TheMadChameleon
    +1
    If I really, REALLY approved of a candidate I might buy a bumper sticker.
  • geneticmistake 2012/02/27 02:45:13
    No
    geneticmistake
    +2
    ...including what comes out of their mouths.
  • Don Childers 2012/02/27 02:14:44
    No
    Don Childers
    +5
    No, but then again, I buy very little of what any politicians are selling these days.
  • ChynaP 2012/02/26 23:39:29
    No
    ChynaP
    +2
    I dont see a point in wasting money on this sort of stuff...
  • Racin'Chick225 2012/02/26 23:12:29
  • Keelia Racin'C... 2012/02/27 08:03:34
    Keelia
    +2
    Such language SHAME ON YOU!
  • Racin'C... Keelia 2012/02/28 00:14:49
    Racin'Chick225
    +1
    it how i feel so i can say it anytime i want.
  • Grammar... Racin'C... 2012/03/07 15:54:12
    Grammar Freak
    +1
    Don't you just love the 1st Amendment?
    Use it, sister. The Soda Head people can use their "offensive language filter" if they're so easily offended.

    I just love how they say "shame" on you ...like there is any shame in expressing ones self. Very humorous folk indeed.
  • hrob 2012/02/26 22:57:58
    Yes
    hrob
    +1
    But only for my own campaign...
  • Punkx lord 2012/02/26 22:14:53
    Yes
    Punkx lord
    +4
    Nt yet!

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