The Tulsa County Fair Board threatened to immediately expel the County Republican Party from the fair if the 'national security wall' promotion is not immediately shut down.
Citing only an "offensive speech" clause, the fair staffers made a claim that this "buy a brick" fundraiser is so offensive that it outrages the decency of the public.
GOP County Chairman, David McLain issued this press release, calling for the public to make their own statement to the County Commissioners and fair board.
This unprecedented censorship by the Tulsa County Fair board is strategically harmful to the GOP's efforts to fund Republican nominees in next month's general election. The public and buy various colored bricks for as little as $5 or as much as $75. The booth also sells hats which say "Make America Great Again".
Tulsa 912 Project founder & President, Ronda Vuillemont-Smith told SoonerPolitics; "This is purely a violation of free speech."
The staffers running the fair have to be put in their place and kept from doing this. It is an abuse of power. Perhaps it's time to clean house in the county govt. and bring in people who still believe in essential national security.
Here are the pertinent clauses.
TULSA STATE FAIR RULES & REGULATIONS HANDBOOK POLICIES:
1. LEASE AGREEMENT
A. Lease Agreements for vendor space is emailed via DocuSign, requiring a digital signature. Signed Lease Agreement is due on or before May 1, 2018, or it will be declared null and void by the Authority. Any corrections or additions must be mailed on a separate sheet of paper or emailed. Upon execution of the Lease Agreement a copy will be emailed directly to you.
B. It is the Vendor’s responsibility to read and comply with the terms of the Vendor and Concessionaire Lease Agreement including the “Additional Provisions” and the “Tulsa State Fair Rules and Regulations Handbook.” Failure to comply with the terms of the above mentioned documents shall give the Authority the right to immediately cancel the Vendor and Concessionaire Lease Agreement without any liability to the Lessee whatsoever and Lessee shall forfeit all sums or deposits made.
C. Additions of new items or changes in items to be exhibited must receive prior approval from the Commercial Space Sales Office. The Authority is granted the continuing right of access to inspect and regulate the Vendor’s space and Leased Premises. Vendors are expressly prohibited from violating any City, County, State or Federal law, rule, ordinance or regulation and from advertising, displaying, selling, trafficking or dealing in counterfeit goods or merchandise or from any trademark infringement. In the event Vendor violates this covenant, the Authority may immediately terminate the Lease Agreement and all rights of Vendor, and evict Vendor from the Leased Premises and the grounds of the Tulsa State Fair, without further notice. Further, Vendor expressly agrees to indemnify, defend and hold harmless the Authority from any and all claims, causes, of action, liability, cost, expense or judgment relating to such goods or merch
G. Booth Promotion
Any organizations, contests or media involvement used to promote your booth onsite during the Tulsa State Fair must receive prior approval from the Commercial Space Sales Office. New Info
The consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited in vendor space during move-in, operating hours and move-out.
Do not block aisle or direct fair patrons away from another vendor’s operation.
Never confront another vendor, contact the Building Manager, Midway Manager or Commercial Space Sales Supervisor.
Each vendor is responsible in conducting yourself, employees and business in a professional manner and to treat all individuals with patience, consideration and respect.
Vendors are prohibited from discriminating against or refusing to provide goods or services to visitors to the Tulsa State Fair based on race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, disability, sex, gender, age, sexual orientation, military or veteran status, or any basis protected by federal, state, or local law.
The Authority reserves to its management the final and absolute right to interpret the Lease Agreement, any Addendum and the Rules and Regulations in this Handbook, and to arbitrarily settle and determine all matters, questions and differences in regards thereto or otherwise relating to, arising out of, connected with or incident to the Tulsa State Fair. The Authority shall also be the final arbiter of disputes between vendors. No promises, representations, agreements or conditions have been made or agreed to which are not stated fully on the Vendor and Concessionaire Lease Agreement, Additional Provisions and in the Tulsa State Fair Rules and Regulations Handbook.