Obama Campaign Suing Store Selling Obama Items

by Katrina Trinko

If anyone is wearing any item sporting the “O” logo created by the Obama campaign, the campaign wants that money from the sale going straight to their coffers, reports the Associated Press. So the Obama campaign is suing Demstore.com — and the owner is confused:


Steve Schwat, the owner of Washington Promotions & Printing Inc., which runs Demstore.com, said he was disappointed by the lawsuit. He said hundreds and maybe even thousands of companies make similar products and that he has never had an issue before.

“We have always cooperatively worked with Democratic campaigns,” he said.

Schwat said his company, which is based in Washington, has been providing Democrats with political materials since 1985 and worked with the presidential campaigns of Bill Clinton, John Kerry, Al Gore and Howard Dean, among others. He said state and county groups rely on his site, which supports only Democrats, to get materials. And he said those groups don’t want to go to Obama’s website and pay more. For example, a white T-shirt with the Obama logo is $30 at the campaign’s site, but a group that wants to buy in bulk can get 500 from Demstore.com at $5.49 each.

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