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Hit the campaign trail with Union-printed political buttons manufactured by a woman-owned business in a green facility.When it comes to political pins, nobody does it better than Busy Beaver. You don’t have to make your own campaign buttons— save that volunteer time for canvassing! We’re more than happy to be your political button maker. Whether you’re running for city council or the Oval Office, Busy Beaver has got your political button needs covered.
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I stumbled, I bumbled, I dropped the ball(s) and still come out smelling like a rose. Thank you everyone for making me look like the hero with the client.
— Kevin, Campaign Merchandise Buyer
Swoon. All my button needs in one place. They move fast too. I work on political campaigns and they are my go-to-guys for schwag. They pump buttons out like you wouldn't believe!
— Becky, Grassroots Organizer
I loved working with them, and they have great ops and design folks on staff.
— Jake, Voter Engagement Specialist
I work with a lot of national political campaigns and non-profits. Things can be hectic and very fast-paced. If one of my clients needs items the next day, it’s up to me to make it happen. Busy Beaver is always there to help; I know I can rely on them 100% for on-time delivery!
— Michael, National Sales Manager
Customer Story: Sommers & Fahrenbach
Busy Beaver partners with a licensed union facility, Sommers & Fahrenbach. They create union prints that we convert into buttons at our facility.
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Customer Story: Buttons make a difference! Just ask Jesus “Chuy” Garcia
In 2015, as a mostly unknown politician, he forced incumbent Rahm Emanuel into the first mayoral runoff election in Chicago history. Chuy had only a fraction of the financial support of his opponent, but with the help of his grassroots supporters and custom political buttons he nearly won the election.
Garcia’s campaign approached Busy Beaver Button Co. with an idea to create campaign buttons featuring Chuy’s iconic mustache. His supporters loved the buttons and proudly wore them. In fact, so many people were asking for them that the campaign had to order weekly to keep up with demand.
But it wasn’t just the cute mustache that had people demanding the pins. So many people believed in what he stood for and the Chuy buttons were the perfect way for them to show their support.
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Customer Story: GoodWerk Use Buttons, Stickers To Reach Voters
Say hello to GoodWerk, working to do good. Okay—that’s not their official slogan, but it could be with the steps they are taking to get the younger generation out and voting. GoodWerk is a Chicago-based PAC (Political Action Committee) with a mission of empowering young people in the political process.
It’s imperative to get younger voters to the polls. The statistics from Pew Research Center show that in the 2014 Midterm Elections, only 20% of people ages 18-29 came out to cast their ballot. Which is 22% less than the National average. Trying to get to the core of this issue, GoodWerk set out to create a colorful, fun, youth-focused campaign that could spark interest in young, potential voters.
Since it’s been proven that the best way to reach new voters has been person-to-person interactions, GoodWerk created the idea of the Action Pack. These packs hope to inspire the younger generation to promote the importance of voting through their own actions. The packs include colorful buttons and an enamel pin, collectible stickers, party horns (to celebrate on election night) and too-good-to-toss posters. Each Action Pack contains enough goodies to keep some for yourself and some to share among your community.
Busy Beaver Button Co. helped GoodWerk bring these Action Packs from concept to finished product.
“I'm used to designing things for the web, not physical products” George mentioned. “So during the whole process I leaned a lot on Busy Beaver for help and advice.” George and his team recognized that talking to your friends about voting can sometimes come off as nagging, but having some bright and fun swag (designed by David Alvarado) makes it a little easier to bring up.
George also noted, “as a bonus, the materials then serve as reminders and resources wherever they go". The URL is on everything in order to keep people informed about the next steps to take from registration to voting day locations.
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Busy Beaver Button Museum: History of Political Buttons
Though George Washington wore “pre-buttons” in 1789, there wasn’t much need for campaign items until the two party system began in 1828.
A Newark, New Jersey company called Whitehead & Hoag patented the pinback button in 1896. The first pinback campaign buttons were actually from that same year.
Presidential campaign buttons were made for the 1896 election between Republican, William McKinley and Democrat, William Jennings Bryan. Pinback buttons are now a staple of any campaign.
Here are a few of the great political button designs since 1896, courtesy of the Busy Beaver Button Museum: