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Make a $3 donation to the 2012 Barack Obama campaign and get an official 2012 campaign button here!

Battleground State Project: Complete!

We are happy to announce the completion of our Battleground State Project! After the convention in Denver we purchased 10,000 button supplies with the goal of sending out at least a 1,000 buttons to all key battleground states across the country. We expanded that a goal a bit and purchased a few thousand more buttons over the last couple of weeks and even sent some crucial states like Colorado and Ohio extra batches.

I have to admit, the idea of sending out over 10,000 buttons in just a matter of weeks seemed unattainable at the start of this. After all, we had made 10,000 buttons in the period during the caucuses/primaries which as we all know went on for months and months. So how did we do it? With the awesome help of volunteers and generous donations who helped pay for the supplies and shipping costs out of their own pockets. You are all so awesome. You are what has made this campaign so inspiring. And a special shout out to our friend Mary who bought a button machine a few weeks ago and has allowed us to expand the project.

The states we sent out over a 1,000 buttons post-Denver are represented in blue on the map above. Astute political junkies and followers of FiveThirtyEight.com will argue that there are some battleground states that aren’t up there. This is due in part to our network of button makers who we work with across the country have actually sent large amounts of buttons to some of those key places such as Indiana, and rather than over saturate one place we try to spread the love. We keep track of this using a collaborative Google Docs spreadsheet so we know where each other has sent buttons out. And yes we are keeping track of the combined output and our network of button makers have sent out an astounding 60,000 buttons! Yes we can, indeed!

Can A Button Change The World?

I am not sure the answer to the question “Can a button change the world?” but I do know that one person can make the world a better place. I have met a lot of amazing people this year through my involvement with the campaign. One of these individuals is Majid Al-Bahadli. He is an Iraqi-American and a fellow button maker. He is also an Obama National Delegate from Washington State and not surprisingly he got a decent amount of press at Denver being the first Iraqi-American delegate. The following LA Weekly article was reprinted by the Huffington Post: “The Delegate From Sadr City”. It is very much worth your time to read it.

Majid’s favorite and most popular button design above says Obama’s name in Hebrew, Arabic and English. The button has made a very strong impression on people across the country and the world. I am very grateful for Majid for allowing us to include it on our templates page. Thank you Majid.

A Month Away-Vote Buttons

In many states today, Oct. 4 was the last day to register to vote without jumping through all types of hoops. It was the deadline here in Washington and I started my morning doing voter registration. It seems fitting that we finally get more Vote-specific button templates online today as we change our focus from educating people about Obama to reminding them to actually… VOTE!

Joann has designed two new vote-themed button designs. The ornate Simply Vote button pictured above and a Bauhaus-style Nov. 4 Vote button. There are two variations of that design; one with Obama ’08 and one without. Some people can not (or do not feel comfortable) with wearing candidate-specific buttons at work and still want to remind people of their duty, and the date. This is the button for them!

Check out the vote button designs on the templates page.

Hockey Moms For Obama

Seriously, politicizing an entire sport is too much. I mean hockey? We weren’t going to go there. But then we got commissioned for a Hockey Moms For Obama by ACTUAL hockey moms. Well, hockey parents to be specific. We recently got some photos of the Hockey Moms and their Hockey Kids with the buttons!

We have sent out Hockey Moms For Obama buttons to key battleground/hockey loving states including Michigan, Wisconsin, Colorado, and Pennsylvania! Yes, Minnesota, we are working on buttons for you next!

Our Hockey Moms For Obama template for 1.25 inch machines can be found here!

Buttons Away

Rose and Jen\'s buttons heading out.

More shipping today! The photo above is from Rose and Jen’s 43rd LD button project. All those boxes are full of buttons. “Ohhhh yeah!” Jen said. We concur. They get so many buttons out the door. We’re continually in awe of them!

We sent out another Adopt-A-Battleground State batch of buttons today. The great state of Michigan was adopted by Sebastian. Ok, it was supposed to be Wisconsin, but at the last minute Jody and Sebastian had a numbers crunching meeting and decided Michigan was now more of a battleground state than Wisconsin since Obama’s numbers are steadily moving up in WI. Sorry WI, but WTG!

A big thank you to Sebastian for his MI sponsorship! Half went to Birmingham and half went to Michael Moore’s hometown, Flint. They also got extra Hockey Moms for Obama buttons. We know those will be greatly needed there.

Shipping out

GLC button making party 9/18

Thanks to all the volunteers that showed up last Thursday to the button making party at the Georgetown Liquor Company. We got buttons made, lots of artwork cut out, and buttons sorted and counted! You all were great. We’re doing it again at Stellar’s Pizza this Wednesday. See the sidebar to the right for upcoming events of ours as well as other Seattle Obama button making events.

Buttons getting ready to ship.The buttons that got made at this party were sent yesterday as part of a 1000 button batch to the battleground state of Ohio! Also, we got out a batch of Veterans for Obama buttons to our friends at the campaign office in Colorado Springs.

The Ohio buttons were part of our Adopt A Battleground State program. The idea is someone donates the cost of a thousands buttons and they can choose which battleground state to send them too. So far we’ve only offered this to local adopters since we didn’t want to get overwhelmed with requests and not be able to fill them in the time we have left until election day. Therefore, we’ve kept this program purposefully quiet.

But I’m so proud of all the work everyone did to get this first 1000 Adopt A Battleground State batch off that I had to mention it and the wonderful adopter, Christine. Thank you so much Christine for the donation and the motivation to get these buttons out! She chose Ohio and that’s where they went. We split the batch to send them to two different campaign offices, 500 to Toledo and 500 to Dayton. Both offices said they were in desperate need of buttons and were excited to hear they were coming.

We have two other Adopt A Battleground State orders that we’re currently working on. If you’re interested in the Adopt A Battleground State program, contact Jody to see if we can currently take on more.

Hockey Moms For Obama & Yes We Can

Two new button templates posted tonight! As requested by actual hockey parents: Hockey Moms For Obama. You saw that coming didn’t you? Hockey moms across this country will love this.

The other new button template is a variation of our popular Washington State-based design series YES WA CAN which of course was a play on the YES WE CAN phrase. When we brought buttons to give out in Denver we had an assortment of the YES WA CAN buttons with us. People continually asked for them, not noticing that they said WA instead of WE. The people have spoken, they clearly wanted a selection of multicolored YES WE CAN buttons. We were asked last month to turn the YES WA CAN into a YES PA CAN design for Pennsylvania. We don’t plan on making many state-specific designs but it was somewhat easy to do and we all know how important Pennsylvania is so we were glad to help out!

Obama Biden

You’ve received the text message, you’ve seen the joint speech, you’ve read the analysis of the choice,  and now what everyone has been waiting for… the button! We wasted no time and the 1.25 inch button design is available on the Templates page.