Governor Noem removes merchandise from campaign site
The merchandise in question had the state seal on it, which requires authorization from the South Dakota Secretary of State prior to being used.
This article was updated to reflect a comment from Governor Kristi Noem’s office.
PIERRE, S.D. - Governor Kristi Noem’s campaign removed a piece of merchandise from its website Tuesday after the merchandise raised legal questions.
The merchandise in question was a zip-up hoodie featuring the South Dakota seal in the top left on the front of it. South Dakota Codified Law dictates the use of the official South Dakota State Seal must have “specific authorization from the secretary of state.” “A violation of this section is a Class 1 misdemeanor.”
For people or organizations approved to use the state seal, the Secretary of State charges them a royalty for the seal’s use.
The South Dakota Secretary of State’s office contacted the vendor of the sweatshirt. They were not aware that they needed permission to use the seal and promptly took it down “until they pay the fee.”
Governor Kristi Noem’s Communications Director Ian Fury offered the following, “The vendor inadvertently posted this prior to finalizing their permission with the Secretary of State, and the Governor’s campaign asked them to remove it until that is completed.”
It remains unclear if there was any punishment assessed to either the vendor or the Governor’s campaign.
The vendor has yet to offer comment on the matter.