“…cease and desist” from using the organization’s emblem…
(AP/Sinclair Broadcast Group) — The American Legion has asked the campaign of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders to “cease and desist” from using the organization’s emblem in campaign fliers.
The American Legion wrote to Sanders’ Senate office that it did not have permission to use the emblem in his campaign fliers.
Sanders’ campaign didn’t immediately return a request seeking comment.
The American Legion has twice complained to Sanders officials since Jan. 22 about the use of the emblem in campaign materials.
A Feb. 1 letter from the American Legion obtained by The Associated Press warns that “any further communication about
it will be through our trademark attorney in the appropriate forum.”
An earlier report in a New Hampshire paper said that Sanders had used the images of pastors and veterans in his fliers.
Last month, the League of Conservation Voters (LCV)–which has endorsed former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for president–scolded the Sanders campaign for using its logos on campaign mailers in Iowa without permission.
“Only Clinton has permission to use LCV’s logo,” LCV Senior Vice President for Communications David Willett told Sinclair Broadcast Group on Jan. 29. “It was inappropriate and potentially misleading for the Sanders campaign to use it in mail.” AARP Iowa also called out the Vermont Senator just before the Iowa caucuses for including its logo in campaign mail without authorization.
The AARP, which does not make political endorsements, issued a statement on the matter that reads, in part:
In response to the Sanders campaign mailing featuring AARP and the Association’s Take A Stand campaign,
AARP does not endorse candidates, have a political action committee (PAC), or make contributions to political campaigns or candidates.
While we have encouraged the presidential candidates to lay out their plans to update Social Security,
AARP did not authorize the Sanders campaign to mention AARP or use the AARP logo, and we did not participate in its production.
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