Conservatives mocked Vogue’s Ann Wintour and the campaign of President Barack Obama for a “ritzy” fashion initiative called ‘Runway To Win,” conceived by Wintour to raise money for the president’s re-election efforts.
Well, it appears as if the joke is on them.
According to campaign manager Jim Messina, the eclectic fashion palette raked in over $40 million dollars, reports Bloomberg Businessweek.
See RNC mocking the fashion initiative below:
The original offerings included $40 set of nail polishes from Richard Blanch, a $75 Tory Burch tote bag and two $95 scarves from Monique Pean and Thakoon.
Fashion designers Tracey Reese, Marc Jacobs, Prabal Gurung, Jason Wu, Tina Knowles, Tory Burch, Diane von Furstenberg, Narcisco Rodriguez, Alexander Wang, Joseph Altuzarra and Derek Lam also designed collector’s items for the initiative.
Republicans blasted the Obama campaign as “elitist” for the idea due to harsh economic conditions in the United States; conveniently forgetting that through Karl Rove, the Mitt Romney campaign was gifted with $127 million. Over $1 billion was raised through Rove for Republican races around the country.
Talk about attempting to buy an election.
Still, Democracy Now’s Amy Goodman reports that over $6 billion was spent across both parties this election cycle. This comes “at a time when one in six Americans is poor, with over 16 million children living in poverty… [and] poverty rates for blacks and Latinos are twice as high as the rates for whites,” said Goodman.
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Dr. Cornel West, who recently dominated headlines for calling President Obama a “Rockefeller Republican in blackface,” weighed in on the expensive election price tag:
I think that it’s morally obscene and spiritually profane to spend $6 billion on an election, $2 billion on a presidential election, and not have any serious discussion—poverty, trade unions being pushed against the wall dealing with stagnating and declining wages when profits are still up and the 1 percent are doing very well, no talk about drones dropping bombs on innocent people. So we end up with such a narrow, truncated political discourse, as the major problems—ecological catastrophe, climate change, global warming. So it’s very sad. I mean, I’m glad there was not a right-wing takeover, but we end up with a Republican, a Rockefeller Republican in blackface, with Barack Obama, so that our struggle with regard to poverty intensifies.
I would imagine that it is very difficult for President Obama to rely on capitalism to spread a populist message wrapped in middle-class clothing, but this Wintour windfall proves that his campaign achieves it effortlessly.
Republicans probably wish they had thought of it first.