After officials from the Minnesota State Fair objected to the Bachmann campaign's unauthorized use of their logo in the new ad out today, the Bachmann camp is going to pull the logo. In a press release, they say:
Earlier today Bachmann for Congress released a television advertisement coinciding with the Minnesota State Fair. While our attorneys advise us we have a legal right to use the State Fair logo, Bachmann for Congress has decided to swap it for a more generic icon.
The ad argues that Clark voted to raise taxes on a number of State Fair food items. The Clark campaign offered their Fact Check disputing these claims.
Watch for a PoliGraph post soon that looks at both Bachmann and Clark's arguments.
Sigh, I see my crazy rep is at it again.
When will the embarrassment end?
SOMEBODY STOP THIS WOMAN!
Of course the question is what will the MN State Fair do? Not being a lawyer I can only guess at the possible remedies they could ask for in court should they choose to go that route. They may see the news coverage of the inappropriate use as enough. But if they get questions about whether the Fair supports Bachmann's claims during the remaining days of the Fair then they may choose to sue the Bachmann campaign. (Again IANAL)
I could see the MN State Fair requesting that the Bachmann campaign produce a short (probably 15 sec) ad featuring "Jim, the Election Guy" saying something on the order of:
Awhile back we told you about our opinion of Taryl Clark raising taxes on stuff you get at the MN State Fair. In that message we used the State Fair's logo. We want you to know that the MN State Fair was not involved with and did not endorse that message. In fact the MN State Fair has a policy of not endorsing political candidates in any election. We apologize for any confusion.
They would then be required to run that ad in the same locations they ran the original in order to increase the likelihood that viewers who saw the first ad will see the explanation.