The Obama campaign has decided to run a poster contest. Some artists see this as a high form of irony, considering the posters are intended to promote jobs in America. Some artists see it as a volunteer opportunity to give something to a cause they believe in.
I don't like contests or spec work for artists; especially contests like this that require the artist to give up the copyright to the image by submitting the work.
How about giving the poster assignment to twenty great artists and offering them a fair fee for their work? Create twenty freelance jobs. Shovel-ready. Get twenty great designs, sell prints online, and raise awareness of the President's Jobs Plan.