The Onion Presidential Seal violation

Robert Delaware filed this request with the George W Bush (43) Presidential Library of the United States of America.
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From: Robert Delaware

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

All documents, emails and memorandum regarding the September 2005 decision to alert the satirical The Onion newspaper about the misuse of the Presidential Seal.

According to an October 2005 article, associate counsel to the President Grant M. Dixon sent to a letter to The Onion on September 28th of 2005. This article reportedly cited 18 U.S. Code 713 which sets legal guidelines for the use of the likeness of the Presidential Seal.

Here is a link to an article that discusses Grant M. Dixon’s letter:

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The final and complete letter sent by Grant M. Dixon on September 28th 2005.

All drafts and revisions made in the crafting of this letter.

All internal deliberations into why The Onion (in particular) was in violation of 18 U.S. Code 713. Please include emails, PowerPoints, legal briefs or other documents related to The Onion, the image of the Presidential Seal, and 18 U.S. Code 713.

The reply sent from The Onion to Grant M. Dixon in regards to the letter.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.


Robert Delaware

From: George W Bush (43) Presidential Library

Dear Mr. Delaware,

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Malisa Culpepper
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