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Connecticut Democrats are fighting back against the WWE's efforts to remove any traces of racy footage from the WWE that could hurt Republican Senate candidate, Linda McMahon (R), like it did back in 2010:

On Monday, state Democrats re-posted a video they assembled during McMahon’s 2010 run that includes WWE clips showing simulated sexual assault, necrophilia and other theatrical depravity. Accompanying the montage was a voiceover of McMahon, explaining that the company’s product was fun, soap-opera entertainment, and that in recent years they had cleaned it up for a PG rating.

But by Monday afternoon, the video was pulled. - TPM, 9/17/12

The WWE didn't even contact Connecticut Democratic Party officials to even try to accuse them of any sort of violation.  They just had the video removed.  Elizabeth Larkin, the state Democratic party communications director, had this to say:

“Based on the ‘fair use exception’ under the copyright law, we believe it appropriate to use this information to inform voters about Linda McMahon’s qualifications for the United States Senate,” said Larkin. - TPM, 9/17/12
Even the WWE knows the damage the racy footage did to McMahon's campaign and here's their excuse:
“Some of this footage has been misused in political environments without any context or explanation as to when it was produced,” WWE said last week in defending its decision to remove the content. “This damages the corporate reputation of our company. WWE is well within its rights to protect its intellectual property for fair use.” - TPM 9/17/12
The McMahon campaign claims that it was not involved in the WWE corporation's decision to pull the footage.  I wouldn't put any stock into how true that statement is but I can tell you that it's very clear the WWE is trying to buy this race for the old CEO.  Luckily for us, we have an amazing opportunity to win this seat and we have a terrific progressive Democrat running for that seat.  His name is Chris Murphy and he needs our help more than ever.  Please help fuel his campaign so he can fight back.  Give Connecticut the real Democratic Senator they deserve.  Don't let the 1% buy Joe Lieberman's seat:

Originally posted to pdc on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 04:41 PM PDT.

Also republished by Nutmeg State Progressives.

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