RNC threatens Roy Barnes over use of elephant logo, and the letters ‘G,’ ‘O,’ and ‘P’

The Republican National Committee has threatened to take Democratic nominee Roy Barnes to court over the use of its elephant logo on his “Republicans for Roy” web site, as well as the letters G-O-P.
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Who knew GOP was a registered trademark? Sounds like the legalese you hear before baseball games: “No accounts” of the game allowed without permission. Which, if strictly enforced, would really hamper water-cooler talk.

Read the Sept. 30 letter here. In part:

Mr. Barnes clearly lacks a belief in private property rights, as his unauthorized use of the RNC’s intellectual property demonstrates. The Barnes campaign’s use of the RNC’s Official Elephant Logo and “GOP” trademark thus appear to be clearly designed to mislead the public into thinking that Mr. Barnes is someone he is not and that he has the support of the Republican Party, which he assuredly does not have…

The RNC hereby demands that the Roy Barnes campaign immediately cease and desist from utilizing “GOP” and the Official Elephant Logo or we will be forced to pursue the matter in a court of law….

The letter is signed John R. Phillippe Jr., chief counsel for the RNC.

But no doubt the RNC will need local counsel as well. We have in mind a certain Marietta law firm with a GOP-documented reputation for suing the heck out of rich businesses — and winning.

Update at 3:15 p.m.: Both sides are looking to stoke this issue. Said Rachel Bauer Taylor, spokeswoman for the RNC:

“Roy Barnes is no Republican. In fact, he’s running as a Democrat against the bona fide Republican, Nathan Deal. During his former reign as a liberal Governor of Georgia, he left Georgia with a $640 Million shortfall at the time he was fired and also the largest overall job loss in the state for that period since the Bureau of Labor and Statistics first started tracking back in 1939. Roy Barnes was wrong for Georgia back then and he’s certainly wrong for Georgia now – no matter how hard he tries to cloak himself in our logo.”

And the retort from Emil Runge of the Barnes campaign:

“Congressman Deal asked his Washington friends to protect him after he saw how many Republicans were flocking to Roy Barnes. Georgia’s Republicans know that unlike Congressman Deal – who voted for the largest tax increase in state history – Roy is the true fiscal conservative in the race for governor.”

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217 comments Add your comment

keith

September 30th, 2010
12:15 pm

Are you serious? The RNC is threatening to sue Barnes over the use of a LOGO?

This is childish on their part.

Seems they are growing uneasy about Deal’s chances for governor.

rod bodiford

September 30th, 2010
12:18 pm

This whining just makes Barnes look better to me.

Bobby Kahn

September 30th, 2010
12:21 pm

Heh heh heh, the Repubs are playing right into our hands.

Actually, this little incident doesn’t bother the King and I. We have lawyers and young dutiful staffers to handle the minor stuff.

I am too busy picking out the new carpet and decorating scheme I want for my corner office in the Capital. The election is only a month away, and we have a transition team to announce once the results are in.

Boy Named Sue

September 30th, 2010
12:22 pm

Let ‘em sue! Nothing like free publicity to focus on the fact that Republicans aren’t doing a good job retaining the party faithful with Real Crooked Deal as their candidate. The last thing they should want to do is make a big Deal out of Republicans for Roy.

three jack

September 30th, 2010
12:24 pm

if anybody abused the gop logo/trademark while pretending to be a standup guy, that would be the republican nominee raw deal. the rnc should send a cease and desist order to that campaign.

GaBlue

September 30th, 2010
12:28 pm

Deal Staffer Pretending to be Bobby Kahn,

Seriously? That’s so lame.

Mr. KnowitAll

September 30th, 2010
12:30 pm

Barnes is a thief, and will steal whatever needed to win back power.

Peachtree Pete

September 30th, 2010
12:33 pm

Pretty tacky of the Reps. Would they care if Nathan put up a “Dems for Nathan” site?

JJ

September 30th, 2010
12:36 pm

First of all, the RNC needs to learn the correct use of the English language – and to spell. The letter your print here starts off with “Mr. Barnes clearly lacks a believe in private property rights” – sorry, but that should be “a belief”…..is that an AJC mistake or was this actually in the letter???

Bob

September 30th, 2010
12:38 pm

Keith, it says the logo misleads people to think barnes is a repub. Why doesn’t Barnes have a pic of Obama and a donkey on his site ?

wxwax

September 30th, 2010
12:38 pm

Is GOP a registered trademark? Is the elephant?

Surely this is what a reporter should be finding out and telling us. Please do so.

chris

September 30th, 2010
12:39 pm

OMFG!… What a joke.

Pillsbury

September 30th, 2010
12:40 pm

Actually, Mr. Kahn, you’re new job will be at the capitol–not capital. Atlanta is the capital of Georgia. You’ll go to work in the Capitol Building. Just saying.

Bryan Kempp

September 30th, 2010
12:41 pm

I am a lifelong Republican, and yes, Roy Barnes is the best choice for governor in this particular election. I can affirm that I and many, perhaps most, of my Republican friends are also supporting Roy Barnes. As such, Mr. Barnes portrayal of Republican support for his candidacy for governor is fair and accurate, and as Republicans we approve the use of our elephant logo and the phrase, “Republicans For Roy.” The RNC does not speak for us, and frankly, on this issue, the RNC doesn’t represent the majority of Republicans I know who support Roy Barnes.

BulletHead

September 30th, 2010
12:42 pm

@Mr. KnowitAll – you don’t… If Barnes is a thief, WTF is Deal? Satan in White Face?

GaDMC

September 30th, 2010
12:42 pm

Dear Lord, please protect my country from all this foolishness and buffoonery that is being practiced in our politics today! Can we have REAL men/women step up that really care about our country and the people instead of bunch of whiny kids wanting to play boss and tinker with our lives over some B.S. that is so not relevant. We are suppose to be a great nation, setting an example for other countries but right now we are looking like complete asses.

J. J.

September 30th, 2010
12:43 pm

The level of ignorance in the “Southern Old foggies” is unreal. This state is a laugh to intelligent people. Who care about a logo?

al styne

September 30th, 2010
12:43 pm

As a Jew it pains me to think Ill have to vote for the good ole boy’s party. However, what choice does Barnes give any of us? Clearly Barnes is the worst of two very terrible candidates. Atleast with Obama we had the hope of good change. Barnes, well we know what we will get.

jconservative

September 30th, 2010
12:43 pm

I thought the University of Alabama had the trademark on elephants?

AH

September 30th, 2010
12:44 pm

Jim are you delusional? If Deal starts putting up websites for Obama loves Deal with the Pepsi logo you know damn well that you would be howling for his head on a platter along with all the other yahoos on this blog.

GaBlue

September 30th, 2010
12:46 pm

Tip o’ the day:

Always spell-check any post in which you correct someone else’s spelling.

Bill Campbell

September 30th, 2010
12:47 pm

King Roy…has he promised to change the Georgia flag again! A vote for Barnes is a vote for Obama ! Roy is the slimey one who can’t do anything but accuse Deal! He can’t run on his own record! Asl all the school teachers!

Fletch

September 30th, 2010
12:47 pm

Good point Bob – and friends, do you really think that the Dems have a chance in he11 to win much this fall? Not sure if it is delusion or optimism but it ain’t gonna be pretty for the Dems.

But Bob brings up a good point, Barnes’ site doesn’t have any Obama stuff and downplays any affiliation with the Dem party…how strange! Yet on his home page, the featured banner is GOPforRoy.com. That probably consists of about 4 people, btw.

Alabama Communist

September 30th, 2010
12:47 pm

Meanwhile! While the RNC was threaten Roy over the waterboarding of it’s symbol and running as a Republican in a Dress. Brother Eddie Long said today he was going to sue the RNC over using his pet goat as a symbol of the Devil………..

findog

September 30th, 2010
12:49 pm

I thought the GOP were against the frivolous litigious society bit, or is that just lawsuits by individuals against corporations?
To have standing wouldn’t they have had to go after every other unauthorized instance of republicans for?
Did the democrats sue the republicans when they touted democrats for: Nixon, Reagan, or Bush?

Road Scholar

September 30th, 2010
12:51 pm

GaDMC: Exactly. Besides, the republican party and their nominees can sully their trademark quite well on their own, thank you!

AH: No but you are!

Commonsenseagitator

September 30th, 2010
12:51 pm

Idiots. Why would anyone vote for anyone who runs as a republican? Their ignoraqnce is so glaring to anyone who can read and think on anything above a 1st grade level

RGB

September 30th, 2010
12:51 pm

Who would’ve even thought that an organization’s intellectual property, brand, logo, product, software, etc. that THEY created might actually belong to THEM?

Gosh, Rebound Roy should consult a lawyer before appropriating the property of others.

Maybe he should consult with John Edwards. ["Rielle, git the guest room ready hun."]

Oh, that’s right, Rebound IS a lawyer.

Hester

September 30th, 2010
12:52 pm

I had no idea that there existed a Republicans for Roy website, nor would I ever even looked for one. Now that the RNC is complaining about it, now I do. I visited the site and now I don’t dislike Roy Barnes as much as I did before. Mission accomplished, RNC!!

Chuck Allison

September 30th, 2010
12:53 pm

Roy’s only hope is to trick the voters into thinking that he is a Republican. He is Roybama!

tigerman

September 30th, 2010
12:54 pm

Wow high ironic. The RNC attacked Roy over being a lawyer who files lawsuits and now they threaten to sue him. A little bit of hypocrisy, doncha think?

Gotta LOL

September 30th, 2010
12:55 pm

Sounds to me like the GOP is starting to wish Karen Handel had won the primary. Maybe they ae realizing the Deal ain’t such a deal anymore. If he is not sharp enough to know what is going on within his own family HOW could he possibly know what is good for Georgia. Maybe after he is broke from paying off his daughter and son in laws’ debts, he will understand how a lot of Georgians feel. But then he will still be part owner of a lot of businesses that he doesn’t remember owning.

BIG GEORGE

September 30th, 2010
12:56 pm

How can y’all agrue about which one of these idiots is the best? I wouldn’t give either one them my vote, they are both CROOKS..WAKE UP PEOPLE and sned BOTH parties a message. If this is the best you can do then I am voting for John Monds….

RGB

September 30th, 2010
12:56 pm

Just left the DNC web site.

At the bottom: “Copyright © 1995-2010 DNC Services Corporation”

Wonder what that means?

Gotta LOL

September 30th, 2010
12:58 pm

Commonsenseagitator ….. (although I doubt the common sense part). You have to remember that by not voting Republican …. You gave us the Three Stooges ….. Obama, Pelosi and Reed …. not to mention a bunch of other bumbling idiots in Washington.

RGB

September 30th, 2010
12:58 pm

But seriously, I like the new Democrat logo with the Big “D” in the circle.

I also like their new slogan: “D. Just One Grade Above an F.”

Jay

September 30th, 2010
12:59 pm

Frivilous lawsuit.

bravos10

September 30th, 2010
1:00 pm

Counting down the days 34,35 now? Until the GOP and Tea Party take back DC. Georgia will have another republican Govenor and we have Barack Obama and his massive power reach to thank. I wast alive duiring Carter but this is looking like part two of that terrible movie lol. Obama will be lucky to win one state like Carter did against Reagan back in the 80

GHunt

September 30th, 2010
1:00 pm

Are the logos proprietary or copyrighted protected?
I would think Governor Barnes, as a lawyer, would know this. Perhaps this is another attempt to shift the focus from Congressman Deal’s track record to a non issue.

EDIMGIAFAD

September 30th, 2010
1:04 pm

Jay – Trademark infringement is not a frivilous lawsuit – you’ve been spending too much time at the big house on Whitlock Blvd.

Obama

September 30th, 2010
1:04 pm

I have a uh a crazy idea now, now uh um hear me uh out now. I’m going to raise taxes duiring my recession and spend spend spend until we create more jobs. Just like the 44 million I gave LA created 16 jobs! How about that job creation! Not only that but the ink and printing sector is booming thanks to me creating 100 new jobs to print all of this money I throw around! How about that for hope and change! I told you I could change this country.

Lynn

September 30th, 2010
1:05 pm

Neither Roy Barnes nor Deal deserve to be Governer. How can anyone vote for Deal with his racist/homophobic comments????? Roy Barnes didnt support real educators. This state is becoming more and more idiotic. When is the last time citizens voted for a person who knew about seperation of Church and State or could spell Education Reform.

Good Luck with the Ignorance

TheTruthHurts

September 30th, 2010
1:05 pm

Barnes is scum of the earth and need to pretend he is Republican to win….Run Forest Run…As far away as you can from that idiot brain dead Obama and Pelosi…but your tricks wont work loser…we all know your a LIBERAL DEMOCRAT!!! Losers for Life!!

Imma Community Organizer

September 30th, 2010
1:07 pm

Barnes should use the correct logo—-a jackass.

Marlboro Man

September 30th, 2010
1:09 pm

Show you are dumb, vote for Deal.

Trudy

September 30th, 2010
1:09 pm

Obama is a CLASS ACT! Link him with Roy Barnes all you like – it only makes him look better.

James

September 30th, 2010
1:10 pm

No need – Barnes is going down anyway.

gfgfgf

September 30th, 2010
1:10 pm

we still remember last time Barnes

John

September 30th, 2010
1:12 pm

This is a joke, right?

This, from the same group who in January of this year, sent out a fundraising “census” misleading it’s recipients into possibly believing it was the official US census. From Politico…

Officials of both parties are sharply criticizing a fundraising mailing from Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele they say could be confused with official correspondence regarding this year’s census.

The fundraising letter comes in the form of a “survey,” a frequently used device for partisan fundraising, but this one has a twist: Calling itself the “Congressional District Census,” the letter comes in an envelope starkly printed with the words, “DO NOT DESTROY OFFICIAL DOCUMENT” and describes itself, on the outside of the envelope, as a “census document.”

Imma Community Organizer

September 30th, 2010
1:12 pm

Commonsenseagitator

September 30th, 2010
12:51 pm
“…ignoraqnce…”

Nice spelling, calling other people idiots? You must be a part of The Democratic Base.