Buying American Seems Foreign to #CPAC2014 Exhibitors

Posted March 7, 2014 at 4:06pm

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — “Hi! Would you like an American-made keychain?” an aide with the Alliance for American Manufacturing asks while dangling a shiny, red- white- and blue-lettered bottle opener to the CPAC faithful.

Buying American Seems Foreign to #CPAC2014 Exhibitors
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The group, which religiously tracks the downward spiral of domestic hiring — 6.1 million jobs lost from 2001-2009, per their estimates — practices what it preaches, proudly distributing U.S.-born trinkets to the grabby stream of passersby.

Buying American Seems Foreign to #CPAC2014 Exhibitors
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But here, amidst this celebration of the party of Ronald Reagan, the AAM is one of the few keeping the faith.

HOH spotted a handful of other American-made keepsakes (a water bottle here, a patriotic pen there) up for grabs at the various booths set up in the “CPAC Hub.” But the brunt of the giveaways being greedily stuffed into near-bulging gift bags appeared to have traveled much further than those piled into ballrooms bemoaning the fate of American exceptionalism.

Prominent outsourcers include:

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas

Buying American Seems Foreign to #CPAC2014 Exhibitors
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Buying American Seems Foreign to #CPAC2014 Exhibitors
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Families Against Mandatory Minimums

Buying American Seems Foreign to #CPAC2014 Exhibitors
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Buying American Seems Foreign to #CPAC2014 Exhibitors
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The Washington Times

Buying American Seems Foreign to #CPAC2014 Exhibitors
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Buying American Seems Foreign to #CPAC2014 Exhibitors
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Independent Journal Review

Buying American Seems Foreign to #CPAC2014 Exhibitors
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Buying American Seems Foreign to #CPAC2014 Exhibitors
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Truth Revolt

Buying American Seems Foreign to #CPAC2014 Exhibitors
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Buying American Seems Foreign to #CPAC2014 Exhibitors
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Democracy.com

Buying American Seems Foreign to #CPAC2014 Exhibitors
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Buying American Seems Foreign to #CPAC2014 Exhibitors
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Xie xie, socialist factory workers!

Salem Communications

Buying American Seems Foreign to #CPAC2014 Exhibitors
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Buying American Seems Foreign to #CPAC2014 Exhibitors
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College Republicans National Committee

Buying American Seems Foreign to #CPAC2014 Exhibitors
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Buying American Seems Foreign to #CPAC2014 Exhibitors
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Mil gracias, Caribbean sweatshops!