Hershey, sheriff hopeful spar over campaign signs

May 11, 2011 10:22:39 AM PDT
Candy-maker Hershey says a Pennsylvania sheriff candidate's campaign signs are a tasty case of trademark violation. The chocolate company says Lancaster County sheriff candidate Mark Reese lifted the font for his campaign signs from the company's Reese's candy logo. Hershey says that's a violation of its copyright.

A campaign spokesman says The Hershey Co. agreed to let Reese continue to use the campaign materials already made for the upcoming primary. If Reese wins, however, the campaign will change its font.

Hershey spokesman Kirk Saville tells the Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era that the candy company doesn't endorse political candidates. The company is based in the town of Hershey in neighboring Dauphin County.

Reese is squaring off against state narcotics agent Louie Rodriguez in Tuesday's Republican primary.