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Buying American Seems Foreign to #CPAC2014 Exhibitors

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.  

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)
(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

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.  

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)
(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

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  

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Families Against Mandatory Minimums  

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The Washington Times  

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Independent Journal Review  

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Truth Revolt  

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Democracy.com  

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Xie xie , socialist factory workers!  

   

Salem Communications  

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College Republicans National Committee  

   

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Mil gracias , Caribbean sweatshops!

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