Buying Obama merchandise at the DNC is apparently a way of "donating" to the Obama campaign. According to Politicker, the press has been using fake names when they make their purchases.
Here is how their conversation with the woman working at the souvenir shop went.
When we informed her that our status as a reporter means we don’t buy campaign gear, she suggested a strategy other members of the media have apparently used to pick up their Obama swag.
“Have you ever thought of making up a fake name? That’s what the other guys do,” she said.
Buying official merchandise at the DNC means making a donation the Obama campaign, an activity that is generally frowned upon for members of the media. The Obama campaign website specifically informs shoppers that purchases amount to donations in its “Frequently Asked Questions” section where one of the queries is, “Can I receive merchandise without making a donation?”
“The only way to receive items from the 2012 store is by contributing through the official store site at store.barackobama.com,” the site says.