Billion-dollar enterprise trolling for free designs

posted at 3:50 pm on October 11, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

No, it’s not the Huffington Post, which was bad enough.  This comes from the Barack Obama campaign, which will supposedly raise a billion dollars, cash that apparently won’t go to hiring a designer.  And that’s doubly ironic, given that the entire point of the design contest is to — well, read for yourself:

Obama for America is seeking poster submissions from artists across the country illustrating why we support President Obama’s plan to create jobs now, and why we’ll re-elect him to continue fighting for jobs for the next four years.

Yes, you read that right.  They want people to submit designs for posters to promote American jobs — and they don’t want to hire anyone to produce the posters themselves.  Not only do they want the design for free, they want to make sure that the artists can’t later profit from their own work:

When you submit your design, please include the title of your poster, a short paragraph about it, and your name as you’d like it to appear. All submissions will become the property of Obama for America.

Redistribution, baby!  It means you give up your property, and they keep it.

Here’s a screenshot of the contest page:

Oh, but if you’re one of the winners, you do get compensation …

We’ll pick the 12 best submissions received by November 4th, 2011, then put the finalists to a vote. Three winners will receive a framed print of their poster signed by President Obama and a limited edition of their poster will be sold in the campaign store.

Will it really be signed by Obama — or by his autopen?

At least Obama and his team are consistent.  They’ll lecture us all day on how to live our lives, but refuse to follow their own advice.

Update: Say, here’s a question I’m seeing raised on Twitter and in the comments.  Wouldn’t a contribution with as much value as a graphic design for mass-produced posters be substantial enough to count as an in-kind contribution to the campaign?

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Oh, you know what is coming…photo shop conservatives, start your engines…

right2bright on October 11, 2011 at 3:53 PM

Work Will Make You Free

Obamajobs 2011
Maybe have most of the poster in black and white, with a gate leading to a promised land in color.

What do you think?

malclave on October 11, 2011 at 3:54 PM

LOLOL

Midas on October 11, 2011 at 3:55 PM

Will it really be signed by Obama — or by his autopen?

Makes all the difference in the world, really…

JohnGalt23 on October 11, 2011 at 3:55 PM

Shovel ready is a good theme
Waiting in a food line a good theme
unemployment line…government workers using public as stepping stones…I wish I could photoshop…

right2bright on October 11, 2011 at 3:55 PM

72 dpi? That’s gonna look just fantastic at 16×20.

lorien1973 on October 11, 2011 at 3:55 PM

OT:

Perry is going nowhere when he should have had this race, Team Romney is acting too douchey, and Cain is inexperienced.

Please, someone else get in this race.

The reason the “graceroots” aren’t taken seriously is because we can’t recruit good candidates.

ninjapirate on October 11, 2011 at 3:55 PM

Three winners will receive a framed print of their poster signed by President Obama and a limited edition of their poster will be sold in the campaign store.

But that will mean Obama is trying to make……A PROFIT! Of course, not for the “working man”, mind you…but for the politician emperor. Now eat your cake, peasant!

search4truth on October 11, 2011 at 3:56 PM

I’m partial to the Ministry of Innovation logo. Maybe they can appropriate that one.

forest on October 11, 2011 at 3:56 PM

How about a toilet seat with red, white and blue swirls in the center?

ajacksonian on October 11, 2011 at 3:56 PM

Somethin’ fer nuttin’?
Workin’ us on the liberal plantation.

itsnotaboutme on October 11, 2011 at 3:57 PM

My design: a steaming pile of dog crap.
Obama, because the downfall of Amerika isn’t yet complete.

rbj on October 11, 2011 at 3:58 PM

I picture a minibike with the presidential seal flying off the edge of the Grand Canyon with Obama sporting an Evil Knievel outfit.

bopbottle on October 11, 2011 at 3:59 PM

My design: a steaming pile of dog crap.

rbj on October 11, 2011 at 3:58 PM

Shovel ready.

itsnotaboutme on October 11, 2011 at 4:00 PM

The reason the “graceroots” aren’t taken seriously is because we can’t recruit good candidates.

ninjapirate on October 11, 2011 at 3:55 PM

The “grassroots” recruited these people?

lorien1973 on October 11, 2011 at 4:00 PM

Obama for America is seeking poster submissions from artists across the country illustrating why we support President Obama’s plan to create jobs now, and why we’ll re-elect him to continue fighting for jobs for the next four years.

Ohhhh Dude! How I wish I were a photoshop ninja! I would be so all over this.

ted c on October 11, 2011 at 4:01 PM

Out: Hope

In: Dump

faraway on October 11, 2011 at 4:01 PM

Maybe we can do something with this…?

… Remember the “sad Obowma”?

/

Seven Percent Solution on October 11, 2011 at 4:02 PM

Three winners will receive a framed print of their poster signed by President Obama and a limited edition of their poster will be sold in the campaign store.

Could they not just go ahead and eBay that for me and send me the money?

stvnscott on October 11, 2011 at 4:03 PM

The “grassroots” recruited these people?

lorien1973 on October 11, 2011 at 4:00 PM

The grassroots haven’t worked along(oftentimes, openly mocked them) with people who had a shot… like Pawlenty and Daniels.

Now you’re stuck with Romney, who is a complete fraud.

ninjapirate on October 11, 2011 at 4:03 PM

No big deal.

At some point you’ve made enough money.

And that point is simply wherever Obama has the political leverage to take the rest of it.

G. Charles on October 11, 2011 at 4:03 PM

why we’ll re-elect him to continue fighting for jobs for the next four years.

what kind of jobs? Golf course jobs! Vineyard jobs! Party planner jobs! Lost jobs! Jobs that’ll never make it back jobs! Gun running jobs! Morticians in Mexico Jobs! Temp Jobs at soon-to-fail Solar Plant Jobs! yeah! jobs jobs jobs!!

ted c on October 11, 2011 at 4:04 PM

ninjapirate on October 11, 2011 at 4:03 PM

Pawlenty never had a shot. He’s a “rino” too, anyways.

Daniels took himself out, didn’t he?

lorien1973 on October 11, 2011 at 4:05 PM

The grassroots haven’t worked along(oftentimes, openly mocked them) with people who had a shot… like Pawlenty and Daniels.

Now you’re stuck with Romney, who is a complete fraud.

ninjapirate on October 11, 2011 at 4:03 PM

Obviously, Pawlenty and Daniels didn’t have much of a shot. Daniels didn’t even have the guts to jump in and Pawlenty mostly self-imploded.

MeatHeadinCA on October 11, 2011 at 4:05 PM

Work Will Make You Free

Obamajobs 2011
Maybe have most of the poster in black and white, with a gate leading to a promised land in color.

What do you think?

malclave on October 11, 2011 at 3:54 PM

Those are some cojones you’ve got there…

marks on October 11, 2011 at 4:05 PM

Pawlenty never had a shot. He’s a “rino” too, anyways.

Daniels took himself out, didn’t he?

lorien1973 on October 11, 2011 at 4:05 PM

Who?

Who?

Midas on October 11, 2011 at 4:07 PM

malclave on October 11, 2011 at 3:54 PM
Those are some cojones you’ve got there…

marks on October 11, 2011 at 4:05 PM

Hope he doesn’t work for ESPN.

Midas on October 11, 2011 at 4:07 PM

a limited edition of their poster will be sold in the campaign store.

And just who gets the money from the sale of those posters? Hmmmmmm?

What a jerk this guy is. My God. See that people? You can work free for the master, not get paid, and get a pat on the head like a good dog. Hell, Bo probably gets more respect than this.

capejasmine on October 11, 2011 at 4:09 PM

malclave on October 11, 2011 at 3:54 PM

No no, it should be a line of guys digging ditches, with the previous guy filling in the hole the next one is digging.

lorien1973 on October 11, 2011 at 4:09 PM

Who?

Who?

Midas on October 11, 2011 at 4:07 PM

There were people “not Romney” who had a chance. You’re type of d-baggery is why we’re going to run(and probably lose) with Romney.

ninjapirate on October 11, 2011 at 4:10 PM

So you do all the work and Obama profits from it? Does the money from the sales of the poster go into his campagin coffers?
WOW!

milwife88 on October 11, 2011 at 4:10 PM

your not you’re

ninjapirate on October 11, 2011 at 4:10 PM

My design: a steaming pile of dog crap.
Obama, because the downfall of Amerika isn’t yet complete.

rbj on October 11, 2011 at 3:58 PM

How about a steaming pile of human crap – on a cop car.

forest on October 11, 2011 at 4:10 PM

I would submit a design if it wasn’t so difficult to silkscreen a turd.

David in ATL on October 11, 2011 at 4:11 PM

A picture of the United States, with that big pile of steaming doo on it.

Underneath, the caption…Give me 4 more, and I will own you all! With a picture of Obama as God. Fake halo and all.

capejasmine on October 11, 2011 at 4:12 PM

So, does anyone have plans to make the contest staffers sift through a pile of critical pictures to get to the submitions of the true believers?

Count to 10 on October 11, 2011 at 4:13 PM

There were people “not Romney” who had a chance. You’re type of d-baggery is why we’re going to run(and probably lose) with Romney.

ninjapirate on October 11, 2011 at 4:10 PM

Of course. Pawlenty and Daniels “had a chance”.

Please step away from the bong.

Midas on October 11, 2011 at 4:13 PM

Of course. Pawlenty and Daniels “had a chance”.

Please step away from the bong.

Midas on October 11, 2011 at 4:13 PM

They did…

ninjapirate on October 11, 2011 at 4:13 PM

They did…

ninjapirate on October 11, 2011 at 4:13 PM

No, really – step away from the bong.

And put down the crack pipe.

Midas on October 11, 2011 at 4:15 PM

How are these submissions not political donations? High quality graphics work is expensive. Can a candidate request that major marketing companies create 30 second TV spots for free and enter a similar contest?

strictnein on October 11, 2011 at 4:16 PM

These people are such dimwits, there’s a golden opportunity here for them to be punked, kind of like the Flight 93 memorial committee was with the crescent of embrace.

slickwillie2001 on October 11, 2011 at 4:17 PM

The reason the “graceroots” aren’t taken seriously is because we can’t recruit good candidates.

ninjapirate on October 11, 2011 at 3:55 PM

Buck up ninja. At this point I’m still not on the Mitt wagon either but he’s a far better rube than Obama. And I donated to Mitt in 2008. He just seems too soft now and the world has gotten harder is his problem.

Besides, we take the senate and Mitt will be in good company with a bunch of new young conservative senators to keep him focused if it comes to it.

DanMan on October 11, 2011 at 4:17 PM

No, really – step away from the bong.

And put down the crack pipe.

Midas on October 11, 2011 at 4:15 PM

You have no alternatives. People like you have nothing to offer. Your type is why we’re going to end up with a fraud as our nominee.

ninjapirate on October 11, 2011 at 4:18 PM

Well I say we all get our Crayolas and construction paper out and send something in! It should have unicorns, and halos, and gratuitous use of a big ‘O’ somewhere (or, rather, a big ’0′). Red, white, and blue would be nice, but not entirely necessary (sooo xenophobic, you know). And for the spot where you’d put “Biden” as in “Obama-Biden 2102″? Yeah, leave that spot blank for just a little while. We’re talkin’ that over.

Rational Thought on October 11, 2011 at 4:18 PM

I can’t wait to see the posters proposed by the folks at thepeoplescube. They are ruthless.

el rey on October 11, 2011 at 4:23 PM

You have no alternatives. People like you have nothing to offer. Your type is why we’re going to end up with a fraud as our nominee.

ninjapirate on October 11, 2011 at 4:18 PM

I have Cain. You have the guy who quit when it got tough and a guy who never was in. What say you?

katy the mean old lady on October 11, 2011 at 4:25 PM

Ed, there is a lot of talent here. May we have our own contest for Barry?

katy the mean old lady on October 11, 2011 at 4:27 PM

Sounds just like that fat ass Mikey Moore. He’s all for paying union scale…..as long as he doesn’t have to pay it.

GarandFan on October 11, 2011 at 4:27 PM

So we finish the poster and he’s gonna stiff me. And I say, “Hey, ‘Bama, hey, how about a little something, you know, for the effort, you know.”

And he says, “Oh, uh, there won’t be any money, but when you die, on your deathbed, you will receive total consciousness.”

So I got that going for me.

DailyDanet on October 11, 2011 at 4:29 PM

Q: What’s the difference between a Democrat politician and a leech?

A: A leech quits sucking your blood after you die.

Alinsky on October 11, 2011 at 4:29 PM

I’m thinking just 4 characters:

9.1%

It would be really large, a nice classic semi-serif font that’s been slightly distressed, possibly with a subdued drop shadow just to give it a little pop.

It’d be nice, classy, elegant even.

Just like Obama.

PetecminMd on October 11, 2011 at 4:34 PM

Too bad they’re not publicly displaying the submissions. I’d love to start a flame war with counter-posters.

DailyDanet on October 11, 2011 at 4:35 PM

How a scratch and sniff poster with Obama picking up the clean end of a turd labelled “economy”?

DanMan on October 11, 2011 at 4:43 PM

I think you have yourself a twofer here, Mr. Morrissey, this sounds like an Obamateurism of the Day.

Cindy Munford on October 11, 2011 at 4:44 PM

It is worse than discussed here. Not only does Obama say he owns the winning designs and can make as much money off as he wants without paying the designers…
They also own ALL the designs submitted.
So if one sends in any design Obama owns it.
And if you try to use your idea(s) somewhere else, they can sue you for using their property without permission.

albill on October 11, 2011 at 5:06 PM

Ohhhh Dude! How I wish I were a photoshop ninja! I would be so all over this.

ted c on October 11, 2011 at 4:01 PM

How about somebody Photoshops the guy who pooped on the cop car, over Obama’s head.

Steve Z on October 11, 2011 at 5:09 PM

I sent it this artwork. I hope it gets used!

Nethicus on October 11, 2011 at 5:15 PM

Nethicus on October 11, 2011 at 5:15 PM

Nice!!!

Cindy Munford on October 11, 2011 at 5:32 PM

“Arbeitslosigkeit Macht Frei” over malclave’s gate.

Chickyraptor on October 11, 2011 at 5:41 PM

It’s even worse than you thought!

Three winners will receive a framed edition of their poster signed by Barack Obama and a limited edition of the poster distributed by Sponsor (approximate retail value $195).

Not only do you give them your artwork for free, but they will probably send you a 1099-MISC for $195, and you get to pay taxes on it.

‘Bout time them artists started paying their fair share!

eeyore on October 11, 2011 at 5:43 PM

Maybe they’ll like this one.

Chickyraptor on October 11, 2011 at 5:55 PM

The PR person in me is so offended it’s not even funny. The Conservative is worried that they might eventually find someone competent to work for this campaign.

2nd Ammendment Mother on October 11, 2011 at 5:55 PM

Could they not just go ahead and eBay that for me and send me the money?

stvnscott on October 11, 2011 at 4:03 PM

..are you serious? Can you imagine how little swag like this will bring on eBay? I’m thinking all of the Obama shitt will be relegated to the scrapheap of Americana kitsch like, you know, old Carter, Nixon, Win With Wilke buttons, Billy Beer, and the ’76 Bicentennial crap.

“Throw it over there next to that pile of eight-track tape players, man!”

The War Planner on October 11, 2011 at 6:20 PM

Three winners will receive a framed print of their poster signed by President Obama and a limited edition of their poster will be sold in the campaign store.

So you produce your best artwork, Obama takes it and sells it… and you get a single copy with his name on it…

I guess signing your own work isn’t as good as handing it to someone else and letting them own and sign it now.

gekkobear on October 11, 2011 at 6:21 PM

Obama for America is seeking poster submissions from artists across the country illustrating why we support President Obama’s plan to create jobs

We’re coming to you for ideas because nobody here at Obama For America can think of a good reason to support him!

CA_Conservative on October 11, 2011 at 6:32 PM

He’s hoping to capture the same type of hype that that one poster did for him.

He truly is trying to run 2008 campaign all over again.

These people are morons.

ButterflyDragon on October 11, 2011 at 6:42 PM

Yahoo! More art to reinforce the image of the “New Soviet Man” and his “Five-Year Plan”! All hail the Blessed Leader!

allanbourdius on October 11, 2011 at 7:02 PM

Do the progs even have a campaign slogan to replace “Hope and Change”? I don’t think ‘WTF’ can cut it, and hope and change is something you can’t do again. Hope and Change Part Deux?

slickwillie2001 on October 11, 2011 at 7:21 PM

I envision a large, red and black, billboard-sized poster of President Obama, looking stern and commanding, with the layout designed in a style reminiscent of old Soviet era constructivist agitprop, emblazoned with the word FLAPJACKS! in bright yellow, all-capital letters.

Yes, I know. Makes no sense at all. When confronted by the absurd, go surreal.

troyriser_gopftw on October 11, 2011 at 7:42 PM

Work Will Make You Free

Obamajobs 2011
Maybe have most of the poster in black and white, with a gate leading to a promised land in color.

What do you think?

malclave on October 11, 2011 at 3:54 PM

More like, We Will Make You Work For Free – Obamajobs 2011

sandspur on October 11, 2011 at 8:19 PM

I don’t see what’s wrong with this. They are crowd-sourcing. The waiver of rights is for liability reasons.

This is the sort of thing Republicans should do more of.

DaveS on October 11, 2011 at 8:44 PM

OT:

Perry is going nowhere when he should have had this race, Team Romney is acting too douchey, and Cain is inexperienced.

Please, someone else get in this race.

The reason the “graceroots” aren’t taken seriously is because we can’t recruit good candidates.

ninjapirate on October 11, 2011 at 3:55 PM

But we can be stupid, media-believing lemmings and fail to support the one who would have been.

Freelancer on October 11, 2011 at 10:09 PM

DailyDanet on October 11, 2011 at 4:29 PM

It’s always a good time for a Caddyshack reference.

Do the progs even have a campaign slogan to replace “Hope and Change”? I don’t think ‘WTF’ can cut it, and hope and change is something you can’t do again. Hope and Change Part Deux?

slickwillie2001 on October 11, 2011 at 7:21 PM

Hoper and Changerer

Freelancer on October 11, 2011 at 10:23 PM

I’m sure the very talented visual propagandists at The People’s Cube could provide Comrade President’s campaign with something fitting!

Shovel Ready!

Dry Goods Store 66 (No, it’s NOT evil capitalism when the profit serves the common good!)

Logic on October 12, 2011 at 7:05 AM