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Votes (and kitchen supplies) wanted

 Joseph P. Kennedy III’s congressional campaign may be flush with cash, but it’s still looking for donated supplies to help people in its generally Spartan campaign offices.

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Joseph P. Kennedy III’s congressional campaign may be flush with cash, but it’s still looking for donated supplies to help people in its generally Spartan campaign offices.

Can someone please get Joseph P. Kennedy III a dish rack?

The Democratic congressional candidate, despite being flush with cash after a fund-raising spree, has issued at least his second appeal for supplies for his regional campaign offices across the Fourth Congressional District.

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“The Kennedy campaign is on the lookout for any and all clipboards, file folders, staples, art supplies, kitchen items, and more,” campaign operations manager Luisa Maria Badaracco said in an e-mail obtained by the Globe.

An accompanying list gives a window into the breadth of a political campaign, which isn’t all about yard signs or bumper stickers. The care and feeding of volunteers is also essential, as is providing at least some comforts of home to what are generally spartan campaign offices.

Among the items on the campaign’s wish list are first aid kits and supplies, mops and buckets, nonperishable food, and “silverware (real, not plastic).”

The Kennedy team also seeks sink strainers and dish racks. Not that it can’t afford to buy them.

Kennedy’s most recent campaign finance report showed that he raised $1.28 million from April 1 through June 30. He has raised $2.6 million overall since announcing his candidacy, and is sitting on a campaign kitty of $1.9 million.

“Joe believes in spending what we must and saving what we can, which is the kind of smart budgeting he’ll bring to Congress,” spokeswoman Emily Browne said. “We are happy to accept the gracious donations of our supporters and volunteers.”

Kennedy is running to succeed Representative Barney Frank. Sean Bielat, Elizabeth Childs, and David Steinhof are battling for the Republican nomination to challenge Kennedy this fall.

The three will debate for a half-hour Monday on NECN, beginning at 6 p.m.

Boston — or Barcelona?

Senator Scott Brown has been more likely to play up his ties to President Obama than his differences, a sign of the Republican’s effort to promote his bipartisan outreach as he seeks reelection in what remains heavily Democratic Massachusetts.

This past week, though, he pounced on the president after Obama mimicked Brown’s rival, Democrat Elizabeth Warren, with his “you didn’t build that” comment about small businesses.

The Brown campaign rushed out a 2 minute, 30 second web video, titled, “Let America Be America Again,” that juxtaposed the Obama and Warren comments with pro-business statements made previously by both Democratic and Republican presidents, from John F. Kenned y to Ronald Reagan.

(Sidenote: If you ever wondered what political strategist Eric Fehrnstrom would do if he weren’t challenged by a huge staff at the Romney presidential campaign, monitor what he does in his other job serving as communications adviser/admaker to a much smaller Brown campaign team.)

While the video hasn’t aired on television, it had gotten nearly 800,000 hits on YouTube as of Saturday.

Eagle-eyed observers, though, noted one issue: A video lauding Americans, American values, American entrepreneurs, and American presidents includes scenes shot in Ireland, of Irish people. Among them is the butcher standing outside O’Connor’s butcher shop in Dublin.

Another scene shows a chef standing in a restaurant kitchen — in Barcelona.

The photos were shot by George Billard, a Boston University-trained photographer/videographer. They are licensed by Getty Images, which tags a photo or video with its origin when it sells such stock footage.

The Brown campaign declined to comment.

Permission to speak

Democrats complain that Republicans are misrepresenting the Warren and Obama comments, slicing and dicing video to eliminate all the laudatory statements and context that preceded the president saying, “If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that.”

Anyone viewing Obama’s July 13 speech in Roanoke, Va., will see him prefacing that comment with statements about how government and the broader community build infrastructure that propels small business creation and development. His “you didn’t build that” comment appears to refer back to the development of public roads and bridges.

But the blowback Obama has received raise a question: Will his campaign end up selecting Warren to deliver the keynote speech at the Democratic National Convention, after all?

A campaign aide confirmed to the Globe earlier this month that Warren was under consideration, but selecting her now will ensure a renewal of the discussion when Democrats meet in Charlotte, N.C., the first week of September.

Glen Johnson is lead blogger for Political Intelligence, available online at www.boston.com/politics. He can be reached at johnson@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @globeglen.
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