Posted by ginnypub on February 14, 2009
When Conservatives were trying to get the Barry Soetoro-controlled media to report on his illegal campaign contributions from Islamic serial mass murderers Hamas during the 2008 presidential election, Barry’s Cerberus Squad focused its attention on something really morally repugnant. Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK) had been given (GASP!) $150,000 in clothes from the RNC! The Chicago Tribune, AP, The Washington Post, CBS Evening News, ETC. ad nauseam, with FOLLOW UPS continuing even AFTER the election.
Feb 14 03:50 AM US/Eastern
By MARK THIESSEN
Associated Press Writer
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s favorite consignment shop has been forced to change its name after she brought the trendy, upscale Anchorage boutique unintended legal problems during last year’s presidential campaign.
Out of the Closet owner Ellen Arvold said she was served a cease-and-desist letter by a Los Angeles-based chain of thrift stores with the same name—same trademarked name, it turned out—after Palin mentioned her store in an interview.
Rather than fight, Arvold agreed to change the name to Second Run. The change is effective Saturday, the store’s fifth anniversary.
“We don’t have the resources to fight,” Arvold said. “We just decided to change the name. We really had no choice legally.”
In an interview with Fox News in October, she said she was a frugal shopper and her favorite shop was “a consignment shop in Anchorage, Alaska, called Out of the Closet.”
Ged Kenslea, spokesman for AIDS Healthcare Foundation, the owner and operator of the Out of the Closet thrift store chain, said if it weren’t for Palin, the duplicative name “wouldn’t have landed on the radar.”
“We’ve invested a lot of time, energy and money or resources branding Out of the Closet, tied specifically to our HIV/AIDS mission to provide care and advocacy regardless of a patient’s ability to pay,” Kenslea said. “She was very gracious and agreed to change the name of her store.”
As for Palin’s high priced wardrobe, the Republican National Committee has said it would be donated to charity. Neither Palin nor RNC officials immediately responded to interview requests on Friday. (As God is my witness, I didn’t make this up.)
If the campaign duds haven’t been distributed yet, Kenslea said the charity would be happy to take them.
I, for one, am pleased that Ellen chose to do the morally correct thing, and not give cross-dressers in San Francisco a bad name.