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Vince McMahon Smacks DOJ For Warning Over Free WWE Gear

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"Not so coincidentally after President Obama's visit to Connecticut this past weekend and on the eve of the midterm elections, WWE is being threatened by the U.S. Department of Justice of the Obama Administration," WWE said in a release.

"This is clearly heavy-handed bullying from big government and would appear to be desperate political activity in closely contested elections in Connecticut," WWE CEO Vince McMahon said.

A Justice Department spokesperson told TPMMuckraker that the letter was not unusual.

"This is a standard letter that advises the possible illegality of certain activities," a spokesperson for the Department of Justice told TPMMuckraker.

News of DOJ's warning emerged because the WWE disclosed it had received the letter, not due to an announcement from the Justice Department. An announcement of the letter would likely have run afoul of department regulations limiting public statements about investigations that could have an impact on political campaigns

The WWE has said it will hand out gear at polling locations, but that WWE workers will stand at least 75 feet away from the voting location. A judge had ruled that voters were allowed to wear WWE gear when they go to vote. Vince McMahon had launched a defense of the company after it came under attack by his wife's Democratic opponent Richard Blumenthal.

Late update: Vince McMahon has pulled the plug on the plan to giveaway WWE merchandise on Tuesday, citing the letter from the Justice Department, according to a report in the News-Times.