NAMPA (AP) — The Idaho Republican Party removed social media posts that added a mocking laugh track aimed at a Democratic candidate to debate footage.
The party on Monday removed a post from its Twitter and Instagram accounts that contained a copyrighted clip from Idaho Public Television's "Idaho Debates," augmented with a laugh track directed at Democratic gubernatorial candidate Paulette Jordan, The Idaho Press-Tribune reported.
"We respectfully ask you to cease and desist with the use of the footage," Idaho Public Television wrote in a formal letter to the party.
The letter was addressed to Idaho GOP Chairman Jonathan Parker and was signed by Bruce Reichert, IPTV's executive producer, and Jeff Tucker, director of content.
Party communications director Mary Strow said she contacted Idaho Public TV after hearing about the concern.
"We're happy to take it down," she said. "All is well. It was all amicable."
Jordan said she hadn't seen the GOP post and has been pointedly ignoring the party's recent social media postings about her.
GOP candidate for governor Brad Little signed a release agreeing that "neither he/she nor his/her campaign organization or affiliated groups will use any IPTV/State Board of Education copyrighted materials in his/her campaign under any circumstances or legal theory including that of fair use," Reichert noted.
The Idaho Debates are a collaborative effort of the Idaho Press Club, Boise State University's School of Public Service, University of Idaho's McClure Center, Idaho State University's Department of Political Science, the League of Women Voters Education Fund and Idaho Public Television.
"The purpose of the Idaho Debates is to provide voters with a level playing field for evaluating candidates on the ballot, not to be used as content for political ads," Reichert said.