If everything was on the “up and up” regarding the strategic placement of dozens and dozens of billboards in predominantly Black and Hispanic neighborhoods in Wisconsin and Ohio, why did Clear Channel fight tooth and nail to keep the buyer of the ad space so secret?
Do you think it was because of contractual obligations as Clear Channel had previously stated as an excuse? Think again.
Why do I say that? Because Clear Channel eventually caved under pressure. If the contract was so binding, why did a backlash started on Change.org and overflowed into numerous blogs, including mine, result in intimidating Clear Channel enough to reverse their position and ultimately remove the advertising?
Oh, it might be worth noting that Clear Channel was purchased by Bain Capital in July 2008. Also noteworthy is that Bain Capital is owned by, no other than, Presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
Another piece of information that might be interesting to some is that Clear Channel has deep, deep ties to very rich and influential Republicans in Texas, including the Bush family.
Last week it was disclosed that the Einhorn Family Foundation paid for ads on 85 Clear Channel billboards in Milwaukee, however having to do with voter fraud – a non-existent problem. It is not known if the Einhorn Family Foundation also paid for approximately 60 billboards in Cleveland and Columbus Ohio.
The Einhorns, Steve and Nancy, are huge donors to Republicans at the state and national levels.
Here is a Think Progress link that details Einhorn political donations and briefly discusses the billboards.
The following is a link from the DailyKos who credits the source of the information from theGrio.
“The foundation issued the following statement,
“Stephen and Nancy Einhorn placed these billboards as a public service because voter fraud—whether by Republicans or Democrats—undermines our democratic process,” said the Einhorns’ statement, which was released by the Chicago public relations firm Culloton Strategies.
“By reminding people of the possible consequences of illegal voting, we hope to help the upcoming election be decided by legally registered voters.””
Back to my blog…
What is interesting here is that the majority, if not all, of the billboards were in minority neighborhoods – so much for them trying to reach Republican voters – be they white or black or Hispanic.
I thought that was the end of the story until I watched Melissa Harris-Perry’s show this morning.
Melissa Harris credits a joint investigation by Joy Reid, managing editor of theGrio and Scott Ross from advocacy organization “One Wisconsin Now” for digging much further than the Einhorns. It turns out that that Steve and Nancy Einhorn of the Einhorn Family Foundation are small potatoes in this expose by Joy Reid and Scott Ross.
I am sure that Republicans would have loved it if the investigation stopped with the Einhorn’s but hard work dug up more rich White Republican’s behind a massive program to suppress the minority vote.
The investigation found that the money the Einhorn Foundation used to pay for the Clear Channel billboards came from another foundation – the Bradley Foundation. As one would say, “The clot thickens.”
The Einhorn Foundation also put up billboards in 2008.
Names associated with the Bradley Foundation are Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, and yes, even the Republican V.P. nominee Paul Ryan. Another major name tied to the Bradley Foundation is its’ President and Chief Executive Officer, Michael W. Grebe.
The Bradley Foundation, since 2001, has donated an estimated $500,000,000.00 to fund various right winged causes.
To me, one could speculate that Republicans have decided not to court minority voters – black or brown – instead, they have decided to simply do everything possible to either challenge each and every one of them at the polls or to do their best to intimidate or discourage them from voting. Republicans also passed “voter id laws” further reduce minority presence at the polls.
What minorities need again, is another Rosa Parks.
Another tidbit not mentioned on Melissa Harris-Perry’s talk show this morning is that George Will sits on the board of the Bradley Foundation. Will also is a syndicated columnist and a panelist on ABC’s “This Week”.
So, we have Romney talking about the “47 percent” a few months ago and when that was disclosed, he quickly reversed his position and said that he will be there for 100 percent of Americans.
You know, I believe Romney is there for 100 percent of America as long as 53 percent of them do not show up at the polls.
Make a note of this last sentence because if Romney gets elected, hook or crook, I will repeat it in a future blog in a way to say, “I told you so.”
If Romney and Ryan end up in the White House, my guess would be that at least 75 percent of Americans will regret Romney becoming President. Why? Because Romney is just using the upper middle class to get into the White House.
Once comfortably in the White House, Romney and Ryan will implement income tax strategies that will hurt not only the 47 percent, but will hurt at least another 33 – 43 percent of Americans as well, because the majority of income tax deductions will be reduced or eliminated and those losses will offset any reduction in payroll taxes.
Those voting for Romney and Ryan will cry “foul” because they were deceived into voting for Republicans who are only interested in the richest of the rich – and Americans making less than, let’s say, $300,000 – $400,000, will not matter to them. In my estimation, less than one hundred thousand Americans, give or take, will benefit from tax changes implemented by Romney and Ryan – the other 300,000,000 plus, are being used to help the very rich gain control of the White House – again.