Too good to check: Media buying Obama swag under fake names at Democratic convention?

posted at 1:21 pm on September 7, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

How do members of the professionally-skeptic news media spend their time and money at conventions?  Sitting around holding Socratic discussions about policy and truth?  Researching claims made by politicians?  Drinking to relieve the boredom? Perhaps they do all of these things, but according to Politicker, some of them may have been spending some time and money buying Barack Obama souvenirs, too — and using fake names to do it:

Members of the media have apparently been using “fake” names to buy official Obama gear and contribute to the Obama campaign inside the Time Warner Cable Arena where the President is due to speak in a few minutes. During our travels around the arena, Politicker spotted a souvenir stand in one of the press stands selling T-shirts and buttons supporting President Barack Obama, “Democrats Are Hot” bumper stickers and other official Obama merchandise.

The souvenir stand was in a secure area only accessible to those with a media credential and buying campaign gear means contributing to the campaign, so we asked the woman working the cash register whether anyone at the press stand had been making purchases. Her answers were quite surprising.

The woman working at the souvenir stand told us she hadn’t been “too busy” during the day, but had seen business pick up in the past half hour or so. She then asked us whether we wanted to buy anything. When we informed her that our status as a reporter means we don’t buy campaign gear, she suggested a strategy other members of the media have apparently used to pick up their Obama swag.

“Have you ever thought of making up a fake name? That’s what the other guys do,” she said.

The skeptic in me would first point out that a good salesperson would make a pitch aimed at breaking down one’s defenses.  After all, isn’t that what politicians at conventions do too?  I’d tell a potential customer that lots of his colleagues buy my wares, and just do it on the Q-T, off the record, and definitely hush-hush.

And that may be what happened here, but Politicker’s Hunter Walker includes a critical piece of data, as well as a picture.  The vendor in question operated in an area only accessible to the media.  While it’s possible that the campaigns might never have sold a single piece of merchandise in the media area and wasted three days’ worth of salary on the staffers, it seems a little … unlikely.

So who did buy that swag?   I’ve gotten my hands on the super-secret list of names*, but you’ll have to help me out in figuring out their true identities:

  • Matt Christhews
  • Ryan Brilliams
  • Jerry McDonnell
  • Anne Draymitchell
  • Mel Dullsville

They’re pretty clever, these media folk.

Speaking of vendors, it seems that the ones working for themselves weren’t buying their own product.  Earlier this week, Yahoo News interviewed a few at the Democratic convention, and they’re not too keen on Obama, the DNC, and will end up losing their shirts:

Rows of enthusiastic vendors hawking Obama buttons, tote bags, puppets, T-shirts and other memorabilia seem to be doing brisk business beside the Charlotte Convention Center, where thousands of delegates and members of the media have descended for the three-day Democratic National Convention. But just across the street, and behind a row of low metal barricades, a cluster of unhappy vendors—many of whom traveled hundreds of miles to attend the convention and are ardent Obama supporters—say they paid thousands of dollars to rent stalls that were placed in an out-of-the-way, unmarked parking lot where they are steadily losing money. …

“There’s no traffic, no exposure,” said a vendor named Debrah, who didn’t want to give her full name because she’s a former Obama campaign staffer in Ohio. Debrah’s team paid about $3,000 to rent a tent in the parking lot, where they’ve set up a stall selling “Hope” buttons, Obama T-shirts and Obama family tote bags. “The feeling is that the [DNC host committee] took our money and put us in a parking lot and didn’t offer us any support,” she said. Debrah, like Stowe and Nation, says she doesn’t blame President Obama or his campaign for the situation, but that many vendors do. “Unfortunately, for most of the vendors it’s been a bad experience and they’re holding it against Obama.”

One such vendor is Gwendolyn Clarke, who traveled from New York with her son and daughter’s bottled water business, called NAL Water. The South Carolina water goes for $3 a bottle, but the Clarke family quickly marked that down to $1 after an insurance company called Humana began giving away free bottled water. The Clarkes maintain the practice of giving away items is against the rules they agreed to.

“I’m not listening to the rhetoric anymore. You can’t treat small businesses like that because we are the backbone of the country,” said Clarke, who volunteers for Obama’s campaign in New York. Clarke says she will “absolutely not” vote for Obama in November, and will instead support Mitt Romney.

Well, she didn’t build that infrastructure for her small business, so don’t expect Obama to have much sympathy for her.

* – No, not really, for the humor challenged.

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…media transparency!

KOOLAID2 on September 7, 2012 at 1:24 PM

Why don’t they just wear body condoms, and at least be safe ObamaCommies?

OhEssYouCowboys on September 7, 2012 at 1:24 PM

Pravda and Tass need trinkets too.

acyl72 on September 7, 2012 at 1:24 PM

Why would the reporters need to make up fake names to buy Obama merchandise? Couldn’t they just have paid cash?

J.S.K. on September 7, 2012 at 1:25 PM

…they prolley have pictures of JugEars on their underwear!

KOOLAID2 on September 7, 2012 at 1:26 PM

I’d tell a potential customer that lots of his colleagues buy my wares, and just do it on the Q-T, off the record, and definitely hush-hush.

Style points for the LA Confidential reference…

JohnGalt23 on September 7, 2012 at 1:27 PM

Of course they are, because swag from a one term president with as more failed policies than the last one term president just might be collectors items someday.

scalleywag on September 7, 2012 at 1:28 PM

“I’m not listening to the rhetoric anymore. You can’t treat small businesses like that because we are the backbone of the country,” said Clarke, who volunteers for Obama’s campaign in New York. Clarke says she will “absolutely not” vote for Obama in November, and will instead support Mitt Romney.

Folks, I’m like, literally laughing my a$$ off, literally.

tru2tx on September 7, 2012 at 1:28 PM

I am shocked!

HoustonRight on September 7, 2012 at 1:28 PM

Everywhere there are video tapes of what was happening…every bit of that venue was under surveillance…they will surface of whom bought what and when.

right2bright on September 7, 2012 at 1:29 PM

They don’t pretend not to be his biggest fan on TV, why try to hide it when they gobble up the merchandise?

scalleywag on September 7, 2012 at 1:29 PM

David From

faraway on September 7, 2012 at 1:29 PM

The reason these sycophants won’t blame Obama is because he’s black. The reason they should is because incompetant people hire other incompetant people.

txhsmom on September 7, 2012 at 1:30 PM

Why would the reporters need to make up fake names to buy Obama merchandise? Couldn’t they just have paid cash?

J.S.K. on September 7, 2012 at 1:25 PM

It’s a donation to the Obama campaign, which means they have to take down donor information.

Isn’t it a felony to falsify campaign donations? Granted, the FEC and DOJ have to be interested in pursuing it, but that would be something for Rudy Giuliani’s boys at Justice to do under Romney.

teke184 on September 7, 2012 at 1:30 PM

Chumps.

Cicero43 on September 7, 2012 at 1:30 PM

Piggy Nooner

faraway on September 7, 2012 at 1:31 PM

Wow, there is so much wrong in the second story about vendors. I’m ashamed that I was born and raised in the same state that the first vendor is from.

Instead of being in euphoria after their convention, the DNC is in disarray. This is pretty funny.

MobileVideoEngineer on September 7, 2012 at 1:31 PM

Why would the reporters need to make up fake names to buy Obama merchandise? Couldn’t they just have paid cash?

J.S.K. on September 7, 2012 at 1:25 PM

The money is considered contributions, and all contributions have to be recorded…so what you have is a bunch of journalists fraudulently contributing to Obama…gee, I wonder why the MSM doesn’t like voter ID laws…

right2bright on September 7, 2012 at 1:31 PM

bwahahaha…I can’t help but “hope” (there’s that word again) that at least 1 out of every 10 segregated vendors suddenly became registered Republicans.

Not so much fun when you’re the “1%”, eh, Clueless Vendors? Of course the Democrats take your money & throw you under the bus. Welcome to Reality, where us conservatives live.

SnarkySam on September 7, 2012 at 1:32 PM

Michael Tom Asky

Bitter Clinger on September 7, 2012 at 1:32 PM

Lover speaks

It’s all on topic when it comes to Obama.

Schadenfreude on September 7, 2012 at 1:32 PM

“Have you ever thought of making up a fake name? That’s what the other guys do,” she said.

And they wonder why we want voter ID.

weaselyone on September 7, 2012 at 1:32 PM

Charles Blow used his own name.

Schadenfreude on September 7, 2012 at 1:32 PM

I’m bettin’ that Tingles bought him some Obamuh bath salts, potpourri and skin lotion.

OhEssYouCowboys on September 7, 2012 at 1:32 PM

Crissy Matthews.

bayview on September 7, 2012 at 1:33 PM

Capitalist Pigs!

kirkill on September 7, 2012 at 1:33 PM

Economist on CNN: “There’s a lot of strenth in the economy”

This guy works at a college.

faraway on September 7, 2012 at 1:33 PM

bwahahaha…I can’t help but “hope” (there’s that word again) that at least 1 out of every 10 segregated vendors suddenly became registered Republicans.

Not so much fun when you’re the “1%”, eh, Clueless Vendors? Of course the Democrats take your money & throw you under the bus. Welcome to Reality, where us conservatives live.

SnarkySam on September 7, 2012 at 1:32 PM

Guess the “hope” ran out for those vendors.

Bitter Clinger on September 7, 2012 at 1:33 PM

Joe Scarred.

bayview on September 7, 2012 at 1:33 PM

I heard they sold buttons that said “Sluts / Vote”. So when they get indignant over Rush calling Fluke a slut, it’s really just cause they enjoying being indignant sluts.

kirkill on September 7, 2012 at 1:34 PM

I love the “Sluts vote” button.

The DNC has shown all its colors.

Schadenfreude on September 7, 2012 at 1:34 PM

I hear Alan Greenspan steadfastly and angrily refuses to wear that Obama mask Angria bought for him at Zero’s Media Contributions Laundering Shop for whenever she’s feeling, er,…. frisky.

viking01 on September 7, 2012 at 1:34 PM

Charles Elways Blows

bayview on September 7, 2012 at 1:35 PM

Matthews was seen admiring the shiny new “Sluts Vote” button he had affixed to his lapel.

Bishop on September 7, 2012 at 1:35 PM

“The feeling is that the [DNC host committee] took our money and put us in a parking lot and didn’t offer us any support,”

Hmmmm………now they know how the general public feels.

GarandFan on September 7, 2012 at 1:36 PM

Andrea Greenspan

bayview on September 7, 2012 at 1:36 PM

Too good to check: Media buying Obama swag under fake names at Democratic convention?

Meh, why not, they have been operating under the fake name of journalists pretty much my entire life. Marxist Propagandists somehow doesn’t seem to have the same ring of trustworthiness to it though.

SWalker on September 7, 2012 at 1:37 PM

Me, I would have gone for the button which says “Once you vote black you never go back”.

Bishop on September 7, 2012 at 1:37 PM

“I’m not listening to the rhetoric anymore. You can’t treat small businesses like that because we are the backbone of the country,” said Clarke, who volunteers for Obama’s campaign in New York. Clarke says she will “absolutely not” vote for Obama in November, and will instead support Mitt Romney.

I’m glad she’s seen the light, but it shouldn’t take something like that for people to realize he’s bad for business. Period.

changer1701 on September 7, 2012 at 1:38 PM

Margaret Dyson

faraway on September 7, 2012 at 1:39 PM

Matthew Christopher went for the cheap thrill and bought the Obama pantyhose, so he can get a picture of Obama up his leg.

The Rogue Tomato on September 7, 2012 at 1:39 PM

MMMMMM,

Well the DNC store should have Condoms with Flukes’ pic on them.

“Sluts vote” coathanger abortion kits.

Michelle “nails” package that Yahoo News is just giddy about today.

and Obama 2012 stuffed “SQUIRREL”.

the official “You failed America, Hope and Change was on you” t-shirt.

The official Obama Reporters kit, knee pads and kleenexes along with a list of official phone numbers to get texts directly from Axelrod/Jarret/etc.

So much merchandise….(all made in China).

PappyD61 on September 7, 2012 at 1:40 PM

Rush is playing Obama’s speech from last night and Carter’s speech from 1980.

They are the same speech. Two losers with the same pathetic vision for the fututre of the country.

tom daschle concerned on September 7, 2012 at 1:40 PM

Matthews was seen admiring the shiny new “Sluts Vote” button he had affixed to his lapel.

Bishop on September 7, 2012 at 1:35 PM

A good source told me that he bought all the leftover, “Once You go B/ack You Never Go Back” buttons as well.

Fetishes.

Cody1991 on September 7, 2012 at 1:40 PM

Me, I would have gone for the button which says “Once you vote black you never go back”.

Bishop on September 7, 2012 at 1:37 PM

Yes, but how many holes could you put in it at 300 yards???

SWalker on September 7, 2012 at 1:40 PM

Rightwing Bash

faraway on September 7, 2012 at 1:41 PM

Hyena Blitzer

faraway on September 7, 2012 at 1:42 PM

I’m sorry, but to me politician memorabilia just seems cheesy. I mean I can understand the standard buttons and bumper stickers and when I saw Palin in Wilmington Ohio in 2008 they had a McCain Palin hat and a mini towel (like the ones they wave at sporting events), but outside of that everything else is stupid.

I honestly can’t get over all of the crap that has Obama’s face on it. It is absolutely ridiculous and frightening.

MobileVideoEngineer on September 7, 2012 at 1:42 PM

Crissy Matthews.

bayview on September 7, 2012 at 1:33 PM

…Sissy Matthews and Andrea Bitchslap.

KOOLAID2 on September 7, 2012 at 1:43 PM

Solenoid LaBrian

faraway on September 7, 2012 at 1:43 PM

Joe Biden also invented a fake name to buy stuff, he used “Joe Biden”.

Bishop on September 7, 2012 at 1:44 PM

The vendor in question operated in an area only accessible to the media.

Why would you set up in such an area? Why would the DNC create such a space for campaign donations only accessible to those who ostensibly can’t give campaign donations?

Unless, of course, the not giving donations thing is a load of crap.

rbj on September 7, 2012 at 1:45 PM

Chris Matthews used “Jackass Smith” but that one was figured out right away.

Bishop on September 7, 2012 at 1:45 PM

Who the hell is Brom Tokaw???

viking01 on September 7, 2012 at 1:45 PM

Sandra Fluke masqueraded as an Asian: Ida Ho.

kingsjester on September 7, 2012 at 1:46 PM

Adelle Doe

pilamaye on September 7, 2012 at 1:47 PM

…Sissy Matthews
…Andrea B!tchslap
…Joe Sloonger
…Madcow Muffin

KOOLAID2 on September 7, 2012 at 1:48 PM

When they come up with an Obama blow up doll, Matthews will buy the company.

BigWyo on September 7, 2012 at 1:49 PM

The dumb wh*res can’t even get it for free. lolololol

kim roy on September 7, 2012 at 1:50 PM

Tingles Doormatthews

bailey24 on September 7, 2012 at 1:51 PM

Ms. Fluke disguised herself as one of those giant vagina costumes.

When interviewed, Fluke said indignantly, “I’m not wearing a costume!” and stormed off.

Bishop on September 7, 2012 at 1:51 PM

Ms. Fluke disguised herself in one of those giant vajayvay costumes.

When interviewed, Fluke said indignantly, “I’m not wearing a costume!” and stormed off.

Bishop on September 7, 2012 at 1:52 PM

From the Dept of Labor

In August, employment rose in food services and
drinking places

Hangover?

faraway on September 7, 2012 at 1:52 PM

Pierced Organ

Buttercup on September 7, 2012 at 1:53 PM

I hear some loser calling himself Gregory David tried to buy a few grand of Zero’s “autobiographies.” In French, of course.

viking01 on September 7, 2012 at 1:54 PM

Why didn’t Timothy Cardinal Dolan Bless the DNC at his benediction with holy water?

Because he was afraid if he did the whole arena would burst into flames….

SWalker on September 7, 2012 at 1:55 PM

Is there a tweeter hashtag for media pseudonyms up yet?

bayview on September 7, 2012 at 1:55 PM

Richie Maddow

Buttercup on September 7, 2012 at 1:55 PM

From the Dept of Labor

In August, employment rose in food services and drinking places

Hangover?

faraway on September 7, 2012 at 1:52 PM

People are hoping that if they continue to drink they’ll prevent a hangover.

MobileVideoEngineer on September 7, 2012 at 1:56 PM

Richie Maddow

Buttercup on September 7, 2012 at 1:55 PM

More likely it was Butch Manley…

SWalker on September 7, 2012 at 1:56 PM

Pierced Organ

Buttercup on September 7, 2012 at 1:53 PM

Brilliant!

faraway on September 7, 2012 at 1:57 PM

I just bought a souvenir. I bought a “High Plains Drifter” movie poster to hang in my office.

thatsafactjack on September 7, 2012 at 1:57 PM

He was charging the media for it,geeze.I figured he would just leave it on their hotel night stands like most johns do.

docflash on September 7, 2012 at 2:00 PM

Layna Keggin’

viking01 on September 7, 2012 at 2:02 PM

Doodad Pro stocked up on swag.

LASue on September 7, 2012 at 2:02 PM

Jessica Yelling

faraway on September 7, 2012 at 2:03 PM

Sharp Alton bought a gold medallion and some dashboard pillows.

viking01 on September 7, 2012 at 2:05 PM

Jesse Jackson switched the J’s around and hoped nobody would notice.

Bishop on September 7, 2012 at 2:10 PM

Jesse Jackson switched the J’s around and hoped nobody would notice.

Bishop on September 7, 2012 at 2:10 PM

George Foreman used one of his sons names hoping the same thing.

SWalker on September 7, 2012 at 2:11 PM

CatLovingPundit

faraway on September 7, 2012 at 2:13 PM

Repeating my comment from the Headline thread:

No wonder why the presstitute organs didn’t exactly report on the debit card scam – they’re doing the same thing.

Seriously, why would a campaign set up a vendor booth in an area only media can access…unless they know that the organs would feed lifeblood into it in big numbers?

Steve Eggleston on September 7, 2012 at 2:18 PM

Chief Justus Robbers – Tribal relative of Highcheeks Warren.

Buttercup on September 7, 2012 at 2:18 PM

On the one hand, is it really the location for those vendors who aren’t selling? On the other, if it weren’t for the lyin’ cheatin’ slimestream media, would the others have any sales at all?

stukinIL4now on September 7, 2012 at 2:19 PM

In fact, I’m surprised they took down names. After all, if the donation is under $50.01, it can be done anonymously.

Steve Eggleston on September 7, 2012 at 2:23 PM

A cranky Baba Wawa and her crass friends Boy Lehar and Goldie Whoopberg dropped lots of cash.

viking01 on September 7, 2012 at 2:24 PM

Keith Olderman

faraway on September 7, 2012 at 2:25 PM

Media buying Obama swag under fake names at Democratic convention?

I ‘heart’ Obama knee pads sold out the 1st day.

locomotivebreath1901 on September 7, 2012 at 2:29 PM

In fact, I’m surprised they took down names. After all, if the donation is under $50.01, it can be done anonymously.

Steve Eggleston on September 7, 2012 at 2:23 PM

That just shows how much crap they bought.

MobileVideoEngineer on September 7, 2012 at 2:34 PM

The South Carolina water goes for $3 a bottle, but the Clarke family quickly marked that down to $1 after an insurance company called Humana began giving away free bottled water.

Now if Humana had purchased the water they were giving away from the Clark family, everyone would have been a winner.

taznar on September 7, 2012 at 2:43 PM

Barley Grist

lakeman on September 7, 2012 at 2:45 PM

•Mel Dullsville

Who would ever name himself Dullsville, even as a pseudonym?

Steve Z on September 7, 2012 at 3:05 PM

Ben Dover

affenhauer on September 7, 2012 at 3:13 PM

o who did buy that swag? I’ve gotten my hands on the super-secret list of names*, but you’ll have to help me out in figuring out their true identities:

I have proof – PROOF, I tell you! – from a inside source that all of the above purchased such goods. However, I’m apparently under no obligation to actually SHOW you the evidence, or TELL you who told me.

Right, Harry?

psrch on September 7, 2012 at 3:18 PM

Who would even think this would happen to his ilk of Zombies that voted for him. This is a wake-up election for America and its Constitution. Lets send the Failed President and his family out the back door of the White House in Jan 2013 and back to corrupt city they came from.

Brushjumper on September 7, 2012 at 3:25 PM

Charlie Fibsome

pain train on September 7, 2012 at 3:46 PM

Yes, but how many holes could you put in it at 300 yards???

SWalker on September 7, 2012 at 1:40 PM

The Lapua pretty much leaves a glowing crater at that distance.

So, one.

TexasDan on September 7, 2012 at 3:48 PM

Right, Harry?
psrch on September 7, 2012 at 3:18 PM

Who’s Harry?
Where’s Waldo?

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on September 7, 2012 at 3:51 PM

water goes for $3 a bottle, but the Clarke family quickly marked that down to $1 after an insurance company called Humana began giving away free bottled water. The Clarkes maintain the practice of giving away items is against the rules they agreed to.

What they need to do is get a gov’t loan to float them along for a bit until they can figure out how to produce water below Humana’s price point.

TexasDan on September 7, 2012 at 3:54 PM

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