Why, it's John Deere! And they are not amused with their products and logos appearing in political ads.
MOLINE, IL (November 03, 2006) — John Deere equipment and John Deere-branded clothing have been used in various political advertisements in the U.S. during recent campaigns advocating a candidate or issue. While John Deere is a strong advocate for free speech, use of the brand in political ads is not authorized by John Deere. Some members of the public have been led to believe that John Deere endorses a candidate or position because John Deere's brand or equipment appears in these advertisements. This is not the case. John Deere considers unauthorized use of its brand to be an infringement of the company's rights to protect its brand name.Some of the possible suspects:
- Jeff Denham - California State Senator who demonstrates how to drive a tractor out of a barn.
- Sherrod Brown (OH - Sen) - endorsed by Luke Perry (like, dude, I have no idea who he is) in suspicious apparel
They laughed when Mr. Carville, a Democratic strategist who worked for President Clinton, said he enjoyed undergraduate studies so much “I was there for, like, 11 years.” They roared when he called Mr. DeWine “an affable puppet to power” in Washington.
Mr. Perry jogged in late, wearing work boots, blue jeans, a baseball cap, and a long-sleeved John Deere T-shirt. He lamented the cost of tuition, which he said kept him from attending college after graduating from high school in Fredericktown, Ohio, and he urged the audience not to vote “for fear.” [More, but why?]
- John Spratt (D-SC) - no, wait...he just took Deere's money:
Campaign filings show South Carolina residents accounted for about half of the money Norman's collected in the campaign, compared to 11 percent for Spratt. Another big chunk of Norman's money comes from political committees, the GOP party and other GOP candidates, as a string of national heavyweights have visited the state to raise money for Norman.
"We're proud to have a diverse basis of support, including hardworking South Carolinians, business defense funds and agricultural interests, including the John Deere company," said Spratt spokesman Adam Harris. [More]
Oh, puleeez... If my product/brand was so "apple pie" that aspiring politicos were drawn to it like pork barrel spending, I don't think I would be all that upset. In fact, I think I would try to call attention to it with disingenuous harrumphing.
Wait a minute...
[OK - I'm just sore about not being chosen for their shirtless commercials...]