The Trump Organization has ordered golf course tee markers emblazoned with the presidential seal, ProPublica reports.
But there is one problem: Use of the seal is only permitted for official government business. And misuse can be a crime, the ProPublica added.
In the past, some administrations have cracked down on outside use of the seal. The New York Times noted President George W. Bush's administrated ordered the satirical news site, The Onion, to remove the seal from its website in 2005.
However, some past presidents, including Bush and Barack Obama, have put the seal on custom golf balls. And Ronald Reagan even had the seal on a set of china.
But now Eagle Sign and Design, a metalworking and sign company, confirmed it has received an order to manufacture dozens of 12-inch replicas of the seal. The markers will be put alongside tee boxes at Trump golf course holes, according to ProPublica.
"We made the design, and the client confirmed the design," said Joseph Bates, who owns Eagle Sign. He declined to say who his client was.
But ProPublica said it reviewed an order form and the customer was "Trump International."
Use of the seal can be a criminal offense and punishable by up to six months in prison, according to ProPublica.
The "law is an expression of the idea that the government and government authority should not be used for private purpose," said Kathleen Clark, a law professor at Washington University. "It would be a misuse of government authority."
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