Republicans might be so scared of Rush Limbaugh that they don't care about public opinion and refuse to take him on, but private companies are a different matter.
The national mattress chain Sleep Train was the first to bail.
They've been joined by Select Comfort/Sleep Number.
And Quicken Loans.
And the Cleveland Cavaliers, at least temporarily:
The Cleveland Cavaliers have decided to suspend any and all on-air advertising with the Rush Limbaugh radio program, citing “inflammatory comments” coupled with valuable feedback from both clients and team employees.Then there's ProFlowers, which seems pretty darned committed to not taking a strong stand on this one. Here's a representative tweet to a disgruntled customer.
Seriously, a flower company? Is there really a market for sending your girlfriend flowers from someplace known for siding with the guy who calls people 'sluts'? That there is a questionable marketing decision.
Other companies are working hard to distance themselves from Limbaugh:
The Twitter feed of online dating site eHarmony read, "We’ve never paid for ads on Limbaugh show. We’re looking into the matter of 'network buys' and will let you know what we discover." (Updated at 4:25 p.m. ET.: Spokeswoman Becky Teraoka said via e-mail, "We do have that confirmation" that a network buy did not land eHarmony advertising on Limbaugh's show.)Keep up the pressure. Sign the petition telling advertisers to dump Rush.
Ray Pohlman, spokesman for AutoZone, said the company had never advertised with Limbaugh and was working with its media buyers to find out if any ads did air. "If a commercial ran, it was in error," he said. "We're running it down."
6:25 PM PT (Barbara Morrill): Another company pulls their advertising!
7:01 PM PT (Barbara Morrill): One more ... keep up the pressure!