President Obama is looking for a graphic design that will help him promote his “jobs bill” to the country. We suspect he is looking to re-create the magic of the “Hope” poster from his 2008 Presidential campaign.
The person who creates the graphic work for the jobs promotion will be paid nothing.
Not a dime.
Not one cent.
Here is a man who has raised $70 million for his re-election campaign in the last three months and yet he is not willing to pay an artist for their work.
According to the Obama campaign website announcing the contest, three “winners” will get the following:
Three winners will get a framed print of their poster signed by President Obama and a limited edition of their poster will be sold in the campaign store with proceeds benefiting the campaign.
There are many times when an artist will do something on the speculation they may get paid. “Spec work” as it is called, can help an artist build their portfolio, gain exposure, or be a feather on their resume.
But here we have a call for a poster advocating a jobs bill. One simply cannot get past the irony or hypocrisy of a campaign calling for work and not providing an actual job for the artist.
As part of the specifications for the artwork, the work has to include the text of the representation of the following phrases:
Fighting for jobs
Get America back to work
Made in the USA
More jobs for veterans
Hire America’s veterans
Support small businesses
Every child deserves a great school
More jobs for teachers
Put teachers back in the classroom where they belong
Tax cuts for the middle class
Support the middle class
Ask millionaires and billionaires to pay their fair share
We believe in the American dream
Out-build, out-educate, out-innovate
None of those platitudes will apply to the actual artist who creates the poster. The campaign is not offering a job. It is offering a $20 framed edition of the poster.
Big whoop. Working for free is not a job.
And to make matters worse, the rights to the work become the property of the Obama campaign.
That means a graphic image that will be seen by millions, may be purchased by thousands, and bring untold money into the campaign coffers of Obama won’t even belong to the artist.
For a guy who keeps saying he wants to put people to work, Obama sure has a funny way of showing it.