A proposal to create “MAGA” license plates in Oklahoma and to donate the proceeds to veterans has gathered Buzz but might not be legal since “Make America Great Again” is a political slogan.
Nathan Dahm wrote on Facebook:
I was joined today by Sen Marty Quinn to file our bill creating Make America Great Again #MAGA & Keep America Great #KAG license plates. Proceeds from them would go to 2 veterans groups here in Oklahoma: Folds of Honor & Warriors for Freedom Foundation.
Per Breitbart “Proceeds from them would go to 2 veterans groups here in Oklahoma: Folds of Honor & Warriors for Freedom Foundation.”
Pages 47 and 48 of Senate Bill1384 said of the proposed license plates:
Make America Great Again License Plate – such plates shall be designed and issued to any person wishing to demonstrate support for the proclamation made by Donald J. Trump to “Make America Great Again”. The license plates shall be designed in consultation with the corporation or entity designated by Donald J. Trump for such purposes.
The Tax Commission shall be authorized to enter into a licensing agreement with the corporation or entity designated by Donald J. Trump for such purposes for any licensing fees which may be required in order to use the organization’s logo or design.
The licensing agreement shall provide for a payment to the Folds of Honor Foundation of not more than Ten Dollars ($10.00) and a payment to the Warriors for Freedom Foundation of not more than Ten Dollars ($10.00) for each license plate issued.
However, Columbia Law School professor Richard Briffault said the idea could be problematic because it might violate Federal Election Commission rules.
“These are political slogans,” he said. “This has the look and feel of using state resources to support a political candidate, which seems improper . . . and possibly illegal.”