Candidate questioned about campaign literature - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Candidate questioned about campaign literature

9th congressional District Candidate Julian Bolton is worried he could face charges or even jail time over his campaign literature.
    
He calls a complaint filed against him unfair and says he does not believe he has violated any law.  He's worried he could face charges or jail time.
    
Bolton says the U.S. Attorneys Office notified him about the complaint Monday. 

"I'm making the announcement to the community and acknowledging this controversy rather than waiting on the shoe to drop," said Bolton.
    
At the eye of the controversy: a U.S. House of Representatives seal used in the background of his campaign literature.  The complaint says he used the seal inappropriately.  The law says you cannot use a government symbol for commercial use. 

"That symbol belongs to the people.  I use it for no commercial purpose.  I use it as a symbol of pride, I use it as a symbol of where I want to be," Bolton explained.
    
Bolton, who's an attorney, says he does not know who filed the complaint against him.  He says he did not intend to imply the government supported his candidacy. 

"The use of the seal was only to indicate my aspiration to rise to the position of congressman through the upcoming election," he commented.
    
Bolton says he called a meeting with U.S. Attorney David Kustoff Thursday. 

"He could give me no opinion on it," said Bolton. 

So, he's being cautious. 

"I'm basically abandoning the literature I have printed at great cost to the campaign, in an abundance of caution, because this is a very crucial period of the campaign," he added.  

Kustoff had no comment on the matter.

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