Frank Farkas told to stop using logo of anti domestic violence group in attack ad vs. Dwight Dudley

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A controversial political ad from Frank Farkas’ campaign inappropriately displays the logo for the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, according to Rita Smith, the organization’s executive director.

On, an attack website critical of Democrat Dwight Dudley, Farkas prominently placed the logo of the the Colorado-based non-profit that advocates for domestic violence survivors.

Such unauthorized use of the organization’s identity could negatively impact the group’s non-profit status, Smith wrote in a letter requesting Farkas remove the logo from the website.

 “I want you to remove the NCADV logo from that ad as soon as possible, or stop running it on any format.” wrote Smith.

Farkas removed the logo and apologized, reports Mark Puente of the Tampa Bay Times.


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