AARP says it did not authorize use of its name or logo in currently-running ads

AARP in New York issued an objection Wednesday to congressional candidate Martha Robertson’s use of the association’s name and logo in a campaign ad.

Beth Finkel, state director for AARP in New York, issued a statement after learning of its name and logo appearing in the Ithaca Democrat’s campaign ads in the race for the 23rd Congressional District seat held by U.S. Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning.

“AARP does not endorse candidates, or make contributions to political campaigns or candidates,” Finkel said. “AARP did not authorize the use of its name or logo in currently running Martha Robertson campaign ads.”

The AARP logo appears in one segment of the 30-second ad.

Finkel said AARP is nonpartisan and only offers information to voters on where candidates stand on issues.

Ray Finger, rafinger@gannett.com | @SGRayFinger 4:20 p.m. EDT September 24, 2014