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Banana Republic has removed advertising featuring controversial U.S. Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell (R., Colo.) after an environmental advocate threatened to boycott the clothing chain.

The point-of-purchase displays featured the ponytailed senator astride his Harley-Davidson motorcycle and standing on the steps of the Jefferson Memorial.


The chain also ran the advertising as a spread last month in The New York Times Magazine. Ironically, it touted freedom of expression. Arnell Bickford Group, New York, created the advertising.

George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley said he called Banana Republic's headquarters and threatened to organize demonstrations, hold news conferences and conduct a nationwide boycott of the retailer.

Mr. Turley, director of the law school's Environmental Law Advocacy Center, objected to Sen. Campbell's use as a marketing image because of his voting record on environmental issues.


Sen. Campbell, who was elected as a Democrat but joined the Republican Party last year, voted to allow oil drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and to kill funding for a southeastern red wolf recovery program.

"We were very impressed with the response," Mr. Turley said. "I think Banana Republic wanted to be sensitive to the concerns of [the environmental] community."

Sen. Campbell, who is part Northern Cheyenne, donated the $2,000 fee for appearing in the ads to Dull Knife Memorial College on the North Cheyenne Indi an Reservation in Montana.

After his election to the Senate in 1992, Sen. Campbell unsuccessfully sought a change in the Senate dress code to allow his usual handmade bolo instead of a conventional necktie. He has been hotly criticized by conservatives for attending fund-raisers for the legal defense fund of a Hell's Angels member, and by Democrats for his defection from their party.

The senator's image as a renegade attracted the attention of Banana Republic, a unit of The Gap.

Banana Republic stores in Washington, D.C., and Colorado confirmed that the ads came down but would not say why. A company spokeswoman refused to say why the ads were pulled.

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