Earlier today, an e-mail under the Tea Party Patriots banner included a photo-shopped image of Karl Rove in a Nazi uniform. This image was not approved by Tea Party Patriots, and the e-mail approved by Tea Party Patriots did not include the image.

Tea Party Patriots has expressed an apology to Mr. Rove for this unacceptable imagery, and is implementing stricter controls to ensure such an error does not happen again. Active Engagement, L.L.C., which sent the e-mail, has accepted full responsibility for the accidental inclusion of the image.

Tea Party Patriots’ full statement is below, as is Active Engagement, L.L.C.’s full apology and statement.

Tea Party Patriots Statement:

In an email sent under the banner of Tea Party Patriots, a manufactured image of Karl Rove was added to the email which Tea Party Patriots did not know about or approve.  The image, which was added by an outside vendor Active Engagement, L.L.C., was inappropriate, wrong and we have ordered the vendor Active Engagement, L.L.C. to immediately cease further use of the image.

We apologize to Mr. Rove. While we may have strong disagreements with Mr. Rove on the future of conservatism, we want to be clear this imagery is absolutely unacceptable and are working to ensure this type of mistake doesn’t happen again.

Active Engagement Statement:

An email that was sent earlier today under the banner of Tea Party Patriots included an offensive image of Karl Rove.   The image was obviously a photo shopped image of Mr. Rove, a well-known political figure.  The image was selected in error from an extensive group of images available publicly online and was adjacent to the image that Tea Party Patriots approved for use.  The email that included the image was not approved by Tea Party Patriots.  Active Engagement, L.L.C. takes full responsibility for this error and is attempting to contact everyone who received the image to explain the error.  More importantly, Active Engagement, L.L.C. apologizes to Mr. Rove for this mistake.  Active Engagement, L.L.C. does not believe there is any place in political discourse for images such as these.