Hubert violates rules on use of military pictures and logos in campaign ads

July 31, 2008 by  
Filed under Breaking News

Campaign ads from Edison Hubert running for 54th State Rep violates military rules on political advertising.

(July 31, 2008) Campaign literature and website from Edison Hubert who is running for State House in the 54th District runs afoul of military prohibitions of political campaigning. According to Department of Defense Public Affairs office, official military photos may not be used in in political advertising or campaigns.

Hubert has sent out a number of campaign pieces with his official Marine Corps photo where he served for four years in the early 90’s.

Additionally, Hubert used a copyrighted Marine Corps medallion on his website and in his print advertising which is also a violation of military rules and regualtions. Prohibitions of the use of military images in political campaigning has been a long standing policy of the military. Rules governing the use of military images and uniforms were updated in June 2006.

Hubert is also in violation of a more recent directive issued in 2008 which states candidates must use a disclosure statement when using photos of themselves in uniform or talking about their military service. The statement should say, “Military Images and Information Do Not Imply Endorsement by DoD or Service Branch.” Hubert has not used the disclosure statement on his print ads or website.

YpsiNews tried to reach Mr. Hubert’s campaign for comment, but the telephone number on his campaign website is not working.

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