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Obama Campaign Spends $750K on Swag in February

JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- The Obama campaign store in Chicago is stocked with at least $758,000 in merchandise, including $10,000 in cosmetics designed by Richard Blanch of Le Métier de Beauté, according to financial disclosure reports released Tuesday.

The Obama Victory Fund, a joint account managed by Obama’s re-election team and the Democratic National Committee, made the purchases of promotional goods and apparel in February from six creative marketing companies, including Creative Solutions of Morganville, N.J.; Financial Innovations of Cranston, R.I.; Grossman Marketing Group of Chelsea, Mass.; and In Record Time and Blanch Holdings both of New York, N.Y.

The campaign also made two purchases from Metier Tribecca LLC, a designer cosmetics wholesaler owned by Blanch, records show.

The expenses are listed as “campaign store merchandise expense and fulfillment” on the fund’s monthly financial report, which was filed with the Federal Election Commission Tuesday.

The only cosmetic product branded with Obama-Biden 2012 and for sale in the campaign’s online store is a $40 Blanch-designed nail polish kit that includes three lacquers in a “collectable make-up bag.” It’s listed as part of the campaign’s Runway to Win series of products, aimed at courting an upscale crowd.

Other Obama-themed products for sale include dog T-shirts, iPhone cases, basketball jerseys, can koozies, cufflinks, martini glasses, jewelry and tote bags. The website declares “all products made in the USA.”

While the campaign won’t discuss revenue from online sales or identify the most popular items, the size of the single-month merchandise buy suggests it is likely a lucrative business.

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Obama‚Äôs High-End Campaign Fashions Unveiled

Lukas Coch-Pool/Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- Forget those pedestrian campaign T-shirts, buttons and bumper stickers.  The Obama campaign has officially gone upscale and chic in an effort to help re-elect the president in 2012.

Their new “Runway to Win” line of designer campaign swag is now for sale in the campaign’s online store, featuring colorful $85 tote bags by big-name designers Vera Wang and Diane Von Furstenberg and a $75 version by fashion favorite Tory Burch.

Looking for a T-shirt? Stars Marc Jacobs, Beyonce, Sean Combs and Jason Wu -- who designed Michelle Obama’s inaugural gown -- have each contributed a design. They range in price from $45 to $55 apiece.

The priciest of the 13 items listed online is $95 for a Thakoon-designed silk scarf.

Standard campaign T-shirts, it should be noted, cost $30, while a simple canvas tote costs $50 in the same online store.

The money raised from the sale of campaign-themed apparel and accessory benefits the Obama Victory Fund, a joint account of both Obama and the Democratic National Committee, according to the website.

The full list of participating designers:  Tory Burch, Marc Jacobs, Beyonce & Tina Knowles, Derek Lam, Jack McCollough & Lazaro Hernandez, Tracy Reese, Narcisco Rodriguez, Rachel Roy, Thakoon Panichgul, Grace Tsao-Wu & Laura Kofoid, Diane Von Furstenberg, Marcus Wainwright & David Neville, Jason Wu, Altuzarra, Richard Blanch, Eddie Borgo, Georgina Chapman & Keren Craig, Sean Combs, Prabal Gurung, Monique Pean, Russell Simmons and Vera Wang.

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First Lady Postpones Houston Fundraiser at Home of Ex-Enron Exec

Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy(WASHINGTON) -- First lady Michelle Obama has postponed a campaign fundraiser that had been scheduled for Tuesday at the Houston home of billionaire and former Enron executive John Arnold, her office announced Monday.

The White House advisory cited “scheduling conflicts” for the change. Dana Guefen, a co-chair for the event, declined to comment to ABC News on why the event was moved.

Obama was to also appear at an earlier, larger fundraiser at the Westin Oaks in Houston. She was slated as the keynote speaker at both events.

Arnold, 37, one of the 400 richest Americans according to Forbes, was one of Barack Obama’s top financiers in 2008, bundling between $50,000 and $100,000 in contributions for his election campaign, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. He has personally given the legal maximum -- $5,000 -- to Obama for 2012, records show.

An Obama campaign official said the Houston fundraisers would be rescheduled as soon as possible. They were to benefit the Obama Victory Fund, a joint account run by President Obama and the Democratic National Committee. Ticket prices for the Arnold event ranged from $10,000 up to $35,800, the combined legal maximum.

The first lady will still travel to New Orleans Tuesday to attend a campaign fundraiser and an event for her “Let’s Move” initiative, the White House says.

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