DOJ to ‘Keep Portland Weird’ plate campaign: Stop

Steve Barile began the campaign to get a new license plate for Oregon

Organizers have started a campaign to fund "Keep Portland Weird" license plates, October 18, 2016. (Kickstarter)
Organizers have started a campaign to fund "Keep Portland Weird" license plates, October 18, 2016. (Kickstarter)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Cease and desist.

That’s what the Oregon Department of Justice told a company hoping to create a “Keep Portland Weird” license plate through a Kickstarter campaign.

The DOJ issued the cease-and-desist to Steve Barile and his company, East Peak, which organized the campaign.

The DOJ said the company must be a non-profit (it’s not), that they failed to submit a formal application and the DMV has not reviewed the plate design.

The Justice Department also said the video and the campaign mislead the public because none of the information has been officially approved.

As of 3:20 p.m. Friday, the Kickstarter campaign page for the license plates remain active.

KOIN 6 News will continue to follow this story.