End of Season Sale?


End of Season Sale

I wonder, where does all of this stuff go at the end of a campaign? Into a landfill?

Is there anyone in the country who has collected the campaign chotchkies of all of the candidates who have run in 2016?

Did candidates such as George Pataki and Jim Gilmore even bother to produce them?

All that I have been able to locate for the Gilmore campaign is these two campaign buttons:

Gilmore for President Button [1]Gilmore for President Button [2]

Would any of this stuff have value as collectibles if someone was determined to save it?

Or are we interested only in the winners?

The biggest collection that I have been able to find online appears to be in the Museum of Democracy:

Museum of Democracy

See: http://www.museumofdemocracy.org/.

Interestingly, the “campaign chotkies” become “political memorabilia” when they are formally collected and displayed.

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About martinkich

I am a Professor of English at Wright State University's Lake Campus, where I have been a faculty member for more than 25 years. I have now served multiple terms as the President of the WSU chapter of AAUP, which now includes all full-time instructional faculty, and as the Vice-President of the Ohio Conference of AAUP. I have also served several terms as an at-large member of the Executive Committee of AAUP's Collective Bargaining Congress. In addition to serving as co-editor of the Academe blog, I am also a member of the editorial board of Academe and have been a guest editor for an issue of the magazine on collective bargaining strategies. As co-chair of the Ohio Conference's Communication Committee, I began to do much more overtly political writing during the campaign to repeal Ohio's Senate Bill 5, which would have eliminated the right of faculty to be unionized. I have sustained that activism, and at the risk of stating the obvious, I have very much enjoyed contributing to the Academe Blog and to our chapter blog. I also maintain several other blogs to which I have re-posted, by topic, my posts to the Academe blog, as well as some other items.

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