Adam Weinstein at Mother Jones found that the “Special Operations For America” — a group purporting to speak on behalf of active duty troops and veterans against the Obama administration — is using the trademarked insignia of the Marines, Air Force, Navy, Army, and U.S. Special Operations Command on its website and social media pages.
Mother Jones spoke with military officials who confirmed that SOFA could face legal action if they do not stop using the insignia. According to Jessica O’Haver, the director of the Marine Corps’ trademark licensing program:
They don’t have permission to use the Marine Corps eagle, globe, and anchor in promotion of their service. We can’t appear to endorse them [...] We don’t currently license nonprofits and charities, especially if they’re promoting a political cause.
Mother Jones points out the infraction:
SOFA’s political cause is clear. Their website endorses Mitt Romney, slams Obama over the Osama bin Laden raid, and accuses the president of “apologizing for America.”