Marine Corps orders Duncan Hunter to cease using Eagle, Globe and Anchor emblem in campaign

Abbie Bennett
July 17, 2019 - 4:28 pm
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The Marine Corps has ordered Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., to stop using the Eagle, Globe and Anchor emblem in his campaign materials.

In a statement released to Connecting Vets on Wednesday, the Marine Corps said the Eagle, Globe and Anchor "is a trademark of the Marine Corps protected by Federal law."

"In accordance with 10 U.S. Code § 7881, the seal and emblem should not be used in conjunction with any political activities. The Marine Corps has taken appropriate action to address the referenced (campaign) mailers," according to a statement from Marine Corps spokesman Capt. Joseph Butterfield. 

The Marine Corps sent Duncan a cease and desist letter obtained and first reported by NBC News Wednesday. 

The letter, dated Tuesday, says that the Marine Corps emblem is a registered U.S. trademark and is protected by federal law and cannot be used by third parties without permission. 

Duncan also was using the phrase "No Better Friend, No Worse Enemy" in his campaign materials, which is a registered Marine Corps trademark, the letter said.

"Your use of the phrase and the emblem is likely to convey the impression that the Marine Corps favors your candidacy over another or 'endorses' your views on a particular issue, and is a use of which we cannot grant permission," the letter reads. "We thereby request your campaign immediately remove the emblem and phrase from its mailers and ... all other campaign materials, including websites." 

The Marine Corps letter did say that Duncan was "more than welcome to simply and accurately state that you are a Marine Corps veteran" and other information "about your service that is based on fact" and provided Duncan an alternative, existing Marine veteran logo for his use. 

Hunter's staff told Connecting Vets Wednesday that the "campaign immediately complied and is taking all appropriate measures to ensure this matter is addressed appropriately and thoroughly." 

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