With the election less than a week away, the Advertising Specialty Institute (ASI), revealed its list of the top 10 craziest political propaganda goodies of the 2016 election.
With products ranging from Trump Hair Socks with fake hair that the wearer can style a la Trump’s classic comb and flip, to Notorious HRC T-shirts with Hillary Clinton’s face, to Trump and Clinton sneakers with prints of the candidates on the right and left foot, this election proves wearable.
The candidates’ campaigns also sell merchandise, allowing proceeds to go to the campaign rather than a third-party business. Trump’s camp sells logo hats and drink coolers, while Clinton’s sells totes, notebooks and houseware among other goodies.
“In addition to ubiquitous promotional products like bumper stickers, buttons and yard signs, the promo industry is going wild devising memorable products featuring this year’s candidates,” said ASI CEO Timothy M. Andrews. “No matter who you support, political swag is definitely capturing voters’ attention.”
The somewhat free publicity, good and bad, comes after campaign finance reports show Trump outspending Clinton by almost five times on promotional merchandise.
ASI also conducted a nationwide bumper sticker poll Oct. 28-30 depicting Clinton leading Trump 53 percent-47 percent among people asked which candidate’s bumper sticker they would be most likely to put on their vehicle.