Ray-Ban has asked Senator and 2016 GOP contender Rand Paul (R-KY) to remove its sunglasses from his amazing merch store, as it turned out Paul has been hawking his non-trademarked shades without the company’s permission.
“We learned that the Rand Paul campaign had been selling Ray-Ban sunglasses imprinted with the “Rand” logo without our consent,” a Ray-Ban spokesperson told The Hill. “After a formal request from us, they promptly removed the product from their site and agreed to cease any further use of our trademarks.”
“$150 is more than you might normally pay for sunglasses, but these are Raybans and even more, they are indelibly marked with the Rand Brand,” read the original page, which has since been taken down.
Paul’s merch store is still selling branded flip-flops, throw rugs, Beats headphones, a $1000 Constitution, and more. He most recently used the store to jab at Hillary Clinton by selling Clinton hard drives, a joke on Clinton’s use of a private email server.
As the sunglasses have been integral to his brand, it is unclear how this will affect Paul’s role in the cool party.