Palin's newfound celebrity status brings out profiteers

Over in Anchorage's biggest summer bash, pro-palin gear is flying off the racks.

"Local and Internet-based businesses are cranking out Sarah Palin products -- from "Palin Power" maternity T-shirts to "Wonder Palin" thong underwear. "

One Anchorage entrepreneur, Jim Dooley, printed about 700 John McCain/Palin shirts this weekend, delivering the first batch to the Alaska State Fair by 4 p.m. Friday.

They sold out every day.

Dooley declined to say how much money he made on the pro-Palin shirts during Alaska's biggest summer bash.

But it was enough to "pay for my turkey legs and pork-chop on a stick," he said.

Alaska Serigraphics, an Anchorage company, said it will produce pro-Palin T-shirts that will be offered for sale at downtown gift shops, possibly as soon as Friday.

"Our mama beats your Obama," reads one of the company's T-shirt designs.

The company is also producing pro-Obama T-shirts, noted John Williams, the production manager.

The buzz over Palin's selection as McCain's running mate on Friday has other local businesses and Palin advocates seeing potential dollar signs.

Trish Houser, the creator of Palintology, an Anchorage-based pro-Palin Web site, has run the site as a personal hobby for two years. She's considering putting ads on it to generate income for the first time.

"Oh my gosh, are you kidding me?," she said Tuesday.

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