The American Traditions Partnership has run afoul of the law again. They’ve sent mailers impersonating unions– using the unions’ logos–to attack local candidates that the unions have actually endorsed.
Yesterday, the Teamsters Local 190 sent a cease and desist letter to ATP saying the must immediately stop using the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen logo, among others.
As KBZK Bozeman reports, one of the races these mailers have appeared in is Livingston’s House District 62, where TEA Party Rep. Dan Skattum is running against democratic challenger Reilly Neill. AFL-CIO Executive Secretary Al Ekblad said of the ATP mailers, which can be seen on the KBZK website:
“Most of what of what they have done has been vile, malicious, but in this case, it’s illegal, it infringes on federal copyright laws, it is challenged under the trademark laws.”
You can read the Teamsters cease and desist letter [PDF] here. Other unions have also sent cease and desist letters.
Yesterday, the Associated Press reported that ATP bank records showed anti-union groups were among ATP’s largest funders.