Help Move Georgia Forward
Veterans call out Collins after dozens of violations of DoD protocol, improperly using photos of himself in uniform in campaign ads without a disclaimer
ATLANTA — A new report reveals that Congressman Doug Collins “has violated Department of Defense policy at least two dozen times in recent days by improperly using photos of himself wearing his military uniform in campaign ads,” earning stinging rebukes from veterans for his actions.
Collins — who was previously caught improperly using House floor footage in campaign ads and copying language from his congressional website for his campaign — violated official Department of Defense (DoD) guidance which “states that uniform images may only be used if they are not the primary photo in an ad and must include a ‘prominent and clearly displayed disclaimer.’” Yet Collins has repeatedly used uniform images as the primary photo in ads and lacks the needed disclaimer in “the vast majority of his campaign ads,” leading to violations that are “punishable under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.”
Collins’ actions have also “caught the attention of veterans and veteran groups” who have charged that the ads are “exploitative,” “deplorable” and “flagrant” violations. One veteran leader even claimed that “senior members of [Defense Secretary Mark] Esper’s staff” have complained about these violations of DoD policy by Collins.
Read more about “Collins’ violation of DoD policy” in campaign ads:
Newsweek: Republican Violating Defense Policy with Military Uniform in Campaign Ads Infuriates Veterans
May 16, 2023
May 3, 2023
April 26, 2023