WASHINGTON — The Republican National Committee, trying to score political points against President Obama and his handling of the economy, condemned Obama’s re-election campaign in a new Web video for its involvement in a launch event for “Runway to Win,” a fashion event fund-raiser Tuesday night co-hosted by Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour and actress Scarlett Johansson.
It is unclear whether Obama will attend the event but the invitation prominently features Jim Messina, the Obama for America campaign manager. Vogue magazine has been the primary driver behind the initiative, which partnered 22 fashion designers with the Obama-Biden campaign. The designers, ranging from Marc Jacobs to Diane von Furstenberg to Tory Burch, have created special campaign merchandise emblazoned with the word “Obama” or other images linked to his campaign, to help raise funds for the president’s re-election.
The RNC video features still photos of the invitation to the event and highlights four of the designer items. Set to music, the video moves from a photo of Richard Blanch’s nail lacquers and makeup bag, priced at $40, to Monique Pean’s circle scarf, $95 to Tory Burch’s tote bag, priced at $75 and Thakoon Panichgul’s scarf, selling for $95. Each time the merchandise and price pop up, a cash register rings. The RNC then runs the following message in print: “Watching the Obama campaign host a ritzy NYC fashion show while 12 million remain out of work? Priceless. There are some campaign moments money can’t buy. Obama’s celebrity-filled fashion show is one of them.” RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said: “President Obama will need to sell a lot of scarves and makeup to try and cover up the three years of his failed economic policies. While his campaign is trying to put chic back in Chicago, 12 million Americans are out of work, struggling to get by because of Obama’s weak economic leadership.”