Last month, right-wing front group USA Next ran ads suggesting AARP, which represents 35 million seniors, did not support America’s troops and was pursuing a pro gay-marriage agenda.
Republican strategist Ed Rollins said it was “nuts” going after the AARP
Turns out not just nuts, but expensive:
Following an admission of photo theft by the creator, advertiser and publisher of the ad, the gay couple whose image was stolen for the ad – Rick Raymen and Steve Hansen of Portland, Oregon – today filed a four-count $25 million lawsuit in federal court in Washington, DC. The suit alleges that the use of the couple’s image without permission constituted an invasion of privacy, was libelous, violated their right of publicity and constituted an intentional infliction of emotional distress.