As we noted this morning, the Obama campaign is hard up for cash. Well, not hard up, considering that Obama is spending most of his time fundraising (he’ll net more than you make a year on one plate of rubber chicken tomorrow in Manhattan). But hard up.
His 2008 collection of small time donors have been conspicuously absent from the mix. Corporations have gotten increasingly difficult to convince that everything he says about them in public is totally not going to come to fruition, don’t worry. Unions are busy emptying their coffers to ensure that Democrats once again reclaim the nation’s supply of cheese, bratwurst and those giant glass boots people serve beer in at German restaurants. Joe Biden has disappeared. And the campaign is trying to squeeze money from liberal-leaning cats.
But they’re not desperate. You know, like so desperate that they’d like, sue another fine purveyor of Democratic merchandise so as to make sure that if anyone gets their Obama 2012 gear, they definitely get it from the campaign. Because, come on. That’s petty! It’s a tee shirt. This is America, home of the free market and liberty and all that sh*t. People can sell whatever the f*** they want without fear that a Presidential campaign is going to make them pay up because of all the precious donation dollars they lost.
Not desperate at all.
President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign is suing a website that sells T-shirts, bumper stickers and buttons with the campaign’s signature “O” logo, claiming the store is infringing on its trademark.
In a lawsuit filed Friday in federal court in Washington, the committee says Demstore.com is illegally selling products with two of its logos. The first is the campaign’s so-called “rising sun” logo, a blue “O” with red and white stripes at the bottom. The other is a 2012 logo that includes the “O.”
Lawyers for the campaign are asking the court to stop Demstore.com from using the logo and award damages. The lawsuit says the campaign is being harmed by the sale of the competing items.
America, your President is creating jobs. He’s supporting American businesses. Especially entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurs like Steve Schwat, who runs a tiny printing company that has, since 1985, partnered with Democratic campaigns across this fair nation to deliver obnoxious bumper stickers, embarrassing tee shirts and logo party balloons straight to your door.
Just, America, don’t f***ing put Barack Obama’s name on the things. Or he’ll run you into a ditch faster than you can make this into a metaphor about the Bush years.
[HAT TIP: to alert reader Sylvan.]