The PJ Tatler

Hey, Graphic Designers -- Obama Wants You to Volunteer to Help Push His Jobs Program!

Volunteer, as in “unpaid.” To help push a jobs bill.

The Obama campaign has more than $60 million cash on hand. In an economy this bad, you’d think a presidential campaign that flush would be happy to pay good money for a talented designer to create a campaign poster.

But the folks at Obama campaign have taken a page from the Arianna Huffington book of economic exploitation and called on “artists across the country” to create a poster … for free.

And here’s the kicker. It’s a jobs poster.

Yes, the Obama campaign is soliciting unpaid labor to create a poster “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.”

If you win? You get: A framed copy of your own poster, signed by the president (“approximate retail value $195”).

Well, woot to that.

The linked article, by the way, appears in Rolling Stone. Even the O-bots there see what a risible little scheme this poster contest is.

And if you don’t win? Well, that’s too bad. You’ve not only lost the contest, you’ve also surrendered your intellectual property. “All submissions will become the property of Obama for America,” according to the fine print.

Which they can use later on intact or modified, and you won’t get bupkis. Your labor on behalf of the fatherland is its own reward, comrade.