Demeans the spirit and goodwill of the Games
HELENA, Mont. – Embattled liberal Senator Raymond Jon Tester was caught using the Olympic Rings in partisan attacks against his opponent, an apparent violation of trademark law.
In a letter to the International Olympic Commission, MT GOP Chairman Will Deschamps called out Tester for his juvenile – and possibly illegal – antics. Tester exploited a worldwide event that seeks to foster cooperation and goodwill, showing a blatant disregard for both the apolitical nature of the Olympics and for the IOC’s legally protected trademark rights and privileges.
“The juvenile antics of Senator Tester and his campaign keep hitting new lows,” said MT GOP Chairman Will Deschamps. “After playing politics with a deadly disease, now Tester has taken the goodwill and brotherhood of the Olympic Games and twisted it into partisan attacks.”
The text of the Montana Republican Party’s letter to the IOC is below:
August 2, 2012
TO: International Olympic Committee
FROM: Montana Republican Party
P.O. Box 935, Helena, MT 59624
RE: Unauthorized Use of Olympics Name and Symbol
It has been brought to my attention that United States Senator Raymond Jon Tester has been using your trademarked/servicemarked name and "Olympic Rings" symbol in conjunction with his Senate re-election campaign. A copy of the image being distributed by Senator Tester’s campaign is included at the bottom of this email. This blatant disregard of the goodwill and apolitical nature of the Olympic Games appears to infringe upon your exclusive, legal rights regarding the use of the Olympics name and symbol.
The juvenile exploits of Senator Tester demean the very spirit of the Olympic Games, which seek to foster cooperation and goodwill that transcends political, cultural and geographic boundaries. I speak for many Montanans when I say we have thoroughly enjoyed the 2012 London Olympic Games.
Montana Republican Party