September 16, 2008, 12:00 AM

CafePress.com encourages consumers to get political with contest

Online retailer CaféPress.com has launched a t-shirt design and political slogan contest to raise money for Rock the Vote, an organization that encourages young people to get involved in political activity and register to vote.

Online retailer CaféPress.com has launched a t-shirt design and political slogan contest to raise money for Rock the Vote, an organization that encourages young people to get involved in political activity and register to vote.

The contest began Sept. 11 and will run through Oct 12. Contestants can enter the competition by either uploading art on a t-shirt or submitting a slogan for a shirt that answers the question: “What are you voting for?”

All entries will be available for sale on t-shirts sold through CafePress, No. 118 in the Internet Retailer Top 500 Guide. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Rock the Vote.

After Oct. 16, site visitors can cast their ballots for the top three winners from pools of finalists in both categories.

All winners will receive Rock the Vote gear and a CaféPress gift certificate. Grand prize winners in each category additionally will receive airfare, accommodations and two tickets to a presidential inauguration party in Washington, D.C. Second place winners will also be awarded a Gibson guitar. And those receiving third prizes will receive a signed and framed limited edition print by contemporary skateboarding artist Shepard Fairey.

- Designers and writers can enter the contact by visiting http://shop.cafepress.com/sportyoursupportcontest.

“These contests celebrate creative voice and political inspiration,” says Amy Maniatis, vice president of Marketing for CafePress.com. “Much like the enthusiasm we’ve seen from the general public around the election, we are confident artists will come out in droves to create catchy designs and slogans as we raise funds for Rock the Vote.”

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