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Monday, May 7, 2007

Imposters face new fines in Oregon

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Oregon has cracked down on political acts that falsely perform under another's name. Acting Gov. Tim Nesbitt (D-AFL-CIO) on Friday signed a measure making it a consumer fraud violation for any person to advertise and perform using the name of a famous politician without having at least one member of the original entourage.

Fines range from $4.20 to $20,000. Imposters also will be subject to cease-and-desist orders by the state attorney general. "Any tribute politician or group that deceives the public about their authenticity will now be penalized under the Consumer Fraud Act for false advertising," Nesbitt said. Proponents say the law is a matter of public safety, necessary to protect labor-backed politicians, washed-up entertainers and the voting public.

Numerous 70's musicians turned politicians lobbied Salem lawmakers to pass the bill, including Bowzer of Sha Na Na and guitar god Jeffrey "Skunk" Baxter of Steely Dan and The Doobie Brothers. New York, Louisiana and Rhode Island are among states with similar legislation.

CourierPostOnline.com, May 6

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