Tuesday, November 13, 2018
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Aakash Patel admonished for ad featuring presidential seal

Under attack from his Republican Hillsborough county commission primary opponent Todd Marks over his conservative credentials, Aakash Patel fought back with a mailer including a photo of himself with President Donald Trump.

The grip-and-grin shot is embellished with the presidential seal.
Oops. That's a no-no under federal law.

"Technically the mail vendor probably shouldn't have used it," said Patel consultant April Schiff. "He's been reprimanded and told that all future mail pieces will be reviewed by legal counsel."

The law empowers the U.S. attorney general to prosecute violations, but Patel can probably relax. Jeff Sessions doesn't appear to be taking action.

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