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Do You Buy Political 'Swag'?

SodaHead News 2012/02/24 22:03:03
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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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  • Arya LOU 2012/02/29 12:58:01
    Arya
    +1
    *yawning*
  • Charles... LOU 2012/02/25 18:21:14
    CharlesG BN-0
    +2
    Obama sneakers Go play in traffic...
  • Geenie ... LOU 2012/02/25 20:47:53
    Geenie Nabottle
    I like you Lou!
  • LOU Geenie ... 2012/02/29 06:02:24
    LOU
    +1
    and I you.
  • OneLast... LOU 2012/03/02 02:34:11
  • OneLast... Geenie ... 2012/03/02 02:29:37 (edited)
    OneLastWord
    You tell everybody that when your on your knees
    Ha ,...could NOT pass that up..
  • Geenie ... OneLast... 2012/03/03 21:41:33
    Geenie Nabottle
    Nope but I hear your sister does, seeing as how your mother taught her how to be a good little polite whore!

    So is your mom still working at the Bunny Ranch..... Or has she finally retired those old deflated used to be fun bags?
  • MOMMA THOMAS 2012/02/25 00:42:38
    No
    MOMMA THOMAS
    +1
    NOPE...NOT INTO IT.
  • raine 2012/02/25 00:37:18
  • Wizard 2012/02/25 00:35:21
    No
    Wizard
    +1
    If it was ever bought it was in the 70's when my dad was alive. Anything I've ever procured over the years was free.
  • Wizard Wizard 2012/02/25 00:39:16
    Wizard
    Most of the swag will be visible at the country's festival booths this summer.
  • ⟢ℂas℮y⟣ 2012/02/25 00:08:56
    Yes
    ⟢ℂas℮y⟣
    +2
    I actually collect political pins and signs. It's a harmless hobby that keeps me busy. My two prized possessions are a Jeannette Rankin pin, and a Ross Perot rally sign.

    Mostly because they were the hardest to find. :))
  • *K'eim*... ⟢ℂas℮y⟣ 2012/02/25 02:23:36
    *K'eim*h3reg' *Peh2u *Meg'
    +1
    I just love Jeannette Rankin! I am a Montanan, after all.
  • ⟢ℂas℮y⟣ *K'eim*... 2012/02/25 07:57:33 (edited)
    ⟢ℂas℮y⟣
    Me too! Billings born and raised! :)
  • *K'eim*... ⟢ℂas℮y⟣ 2012/02/29 02:58:49
    *K'eim*h3reg' *Peh2u *Meg'
    And Burton K. Wheeler, too, right? :) I live in Billings right now, but come from the Dillon area.
  • ⟢ℂas℮y⟣ *K'eim*... 2012/02/29 08:00:37
    ⟢ℂas℮y⟣
    +1
    Yes. Although I've never found any memorabilia of his. That's cool. I recently moved from Billings to Portland, OR. I didn't think I would miss Billings, but I do.
  • *K'eim*... ⟢ℂas℮y⟣ 2012/03/22 23:31:41
    *K'eim*h3reg' *Peh2u *Meg'
    Its kind of a dumpy, dirty place, but I still love it!
  • Ron 2012/02/25 00:01:35
    Yes
    Ron
    +1
    I buy it for the collectability not as support for a candidate and never get anything price over $20.00, usually far less. T-shirts should never be worn and if they are in sealed packaging they should be left in the packaging.
  • Dannay Starr 2012/02/24 23:59:11
    No
    Dannay Starr
    +2
    Nope I see no need to buy Political Swag. Personally those morons who still have an OBAMA '08 BUMPER STICKER on their YUGO'S need to realize its 2012. Obama is a One Term pRESIDENT.
  • Wizard Dannay ... 2012/02/25 00:45:56 (edited)
    Wizard
    +1
    Real Clear Politics has ALL polls showing Obama is headed for re election. Obama is steadily pulling away and now leads the GOP by six points. Yes anything can change in the world of politics...but if the economy is basically steady...he gets a second term. Good luck on wishful thinking. Right now the GOP has no one to appease the middle class. Maybe they will parade Sarah Palin again.

    Here is something on Romney on the wrong side of the auto bailout question. http://thehill.com/blogs/ball...

    www.realclearpolitics.com
  • Dannay ... Wizard 2012/02/25 07:46:50
    Dannay Starr
    +1
    152 Million Americans are unemployed. Gas Prices are $4.71 to over $5.00 in some states, So you're wrong. The economy is in the tank. Obama has failed. However if he wins again you'll suffer worse than you are now. Americans were better off 4 years ago.

    Obama one term propositon
  • Wizard Dannay ... 2012/02/25 07:53:24
    Wizard
    If he had actually let the banks fail...trust me...you wouldn't be better off today.
  • Stoner Wizard 2012/02/25 19:35:51
    Stoner
    +1
    dont let banks fail ...Give them all the money so they can stand at top with Obama at look down at the real workers go under in America...Guilty till proven inocennt
  • Wizard Stoner 2012/02/25 21:13:11 (edited)
    Wizard
    Inflation would gave gone though the roof and the money...which is not backed by gold becomes worthless when you cannot keep an economy based on CREDIT going. The ONLY time you can give money to the people wholesale to start over is if you have a standard so the money keeps its value. What we seem to be doing is another method that is a recently discovered property of capitolism. If you prop up the economy 24 to 36 months it locks in at the present activity level. It can happen SOONER if your population goes along with it right away. Maybe it is mostly a theory...but it seems to be working as consumer confidence returns. If you want to SEE better proof that this new economic theory is WORKING...look over at Japan. Their national debt is 220% of GDP and they are doing much better than Europe. The idea that Japan is doing better than Europe flies in the face of conservative economics...and those who are not following it have absolutely no handle on it or how INVESTING in your population even works. But it is WORKING big time.
  • Stoner Wizard 2012/02/25 21:41:44
    Stoner
    I really didnt understand that is like someone trying to confuse me where i dont know what to think...Lets just print more money that doesnt make it useless to?
  • Stoner Wizard 2012/02/25 21:43:13
    Stoner
    Let them fail like anyone else and learn ...Ldearn nothing if get help evertime something wrong happens...
  • Jimbo 2012/02/24 23:57:58
    No
    Jimbo
    +1
    I never have but if I really liked a candidate I might buy something as a contribution to their campaign.
  • Bill 2012/02/24 23:31:08
    No
    Bill
    +1
    Hell no!
  • Rebel 2012/02/24 23:26:29
    No
    Rebel
    +1
    Really America? I admin a political debate forum...I freakin love politics and debate....yet I would never sink so low to buy and/or wear political swag. I see 8 votes for Yes-honestly I find that pathetic and full of dismay.
  • Lydecho Rain (Лидия) 2012/02/24 23:21:48
    No
    Lydecho Rain (Лидия)
    +1
    No way!
  • The Sifu 2012/02/24 23:13:00
    No
    The Sifu
    +1
    Hell no! Waaaaayyyyyyy too much money is collected and spent by the politicians. Think of how all their money combined could be used for the very programs they cut. BTW, BO just got $1,000,000 from Bill Maher today, deposited into BO's Super PAC. Watch for a media frenzy if any Republican would receive such a donation.
  • WorkersUnite 2012/02/24 23:03:23
    Yes
    WorkersUnite
    +4
    I have an Obama/biden sticker on my car. I'm wearing my Obama, "O," shirt.
  • Rebel Workers... 2012/02/24 23:27:00
    Rebel
    +3
    How embarrassing...
  • Rundy Rebel 2012/02/25 03:00:54
    Rundy
    Why would that idiot tell an audience (a very tiny small one) in Detroit that "my wife drives a couple of Cadillacs" UNBELIEVABLE !!! How embarrassing for him, he's dumber than Palin or Michelle W. Bachmann.
  • Franklin 2012/02/24 23:01:02
    No
    Franklin
    +1
    I don't buy it but I do keep it and resell it on E-bay from time to time ...some things go way up in value while others have next to no value even after 33years....LOL Jimmy Carter button Reagan campaign button
  • wicked soda boy 2012/02/24 22:49:48
    No
    wicked soda boy
    +1
    Certainly nothing with Obama on it, unless it has big red circle with a slash.
  • Rundy wicked ... 2012/02/25 03:03:49
    Rundy
    Why did that moron tell a little tiny group of people in Detroits Ford Field that "my wife drives a couple of Cadillac's" How embarrassing !
  • wicked ... Rundy 2012/02/25 04:03:37
  • doc moto 2012/02/24 22:46:35
    Yes
    doc moto
    +1
    Sure, its the cheapest thing going; almost free!
  • Smuwf, Twin 2012/02/24 22:41:51
    No
    Smuwf, Twin
    +1
    Its useless crap and a waste of money,unless they sell a vote xxxx phone they can shove the shag where it comes from

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