Around 13, 000 WKU Alumni have either received the letter in the mail or could in the next few days. In the letter, nine prominent WKU Alumni endorse Brantley for judge executive, but it's not the names on this letter that are causing concerns but the artwork.
The letter uses WKU's official logo and its copywrited slogan The Spirit Makes the Master. WKU's General Council Deborah Wilkins said the letter is misleading. She said it was intended to make alumni think that WKU was endorsing Brantley. WKU and the Alumni Association are legally prohibited from endorsing political candidates.
"The university had no involvement with this letter, in the drafting of it or the issuance of it. We were, as I said, completely unaware of it until members of the alumni community started calling us and expressing concern, expressing grave concern about it," Wilkins said.
Brantley also told WBKO that this was an honest mistake and that he never intended to mislead voters. He said he had no idea the WKU's logo was copyrighted. However, the company that printed the letters told WBKO that Brantley assured the staff that he would find out whether or not he needed permission to use the artwork.
"Neither the Alumni Association or the university, has endorsed my candidacy or any other candidacy. They can't do that and I know that, but we didn't know these items and the logo was a trademark," Brantley said.
WKU is demanding that Brantley's campaign send a retraction to everyone who received the original letter. The university is also trying to find out how Brantley's campaign got the mailing list for all of WKU's Warren County Alumni.