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In 2008, Bain Capital acquired Clear Channel Radio and 850 radio stations for $24 billion, and records show 14 of the company's directors have contributed more than $700,000 to Romney's campaigns. Romney left the firm in 1999, but still rakes in millions from his sizable share of Bain investments and pays 15 percent tax.

Romney's Bain Capital controls the board of directors of Clear Channel.  These are people who started giving to Romney in 1994. This is a social and economic network that is deeply involved in Clear Channel and tightly controlled. These are Romney's friends and allies going back to the very beginning of his political career.  And now they control Clear Channel Radio, America's largest and most powerful FM and AM radio station corporation.  It operates 850 radio stations and reaches 110 million Americans.  

Clear Channel syndicates most conservative talk radio shows including Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck and Michael Savage.  And what about all that "free" advertising that Romney gets every day on hundreds of radio stations across the country on these talk shows?  What better way to control the message of conservative talk radio than to BUY it?  Rush Limbaugh was given a $400 million contract in 2008 when Bain Capital purchased Clear Channel.  He broadcasts on over 600 radio stations.  Sean Hannity is heard on over 500 stations by 13.5 million listeners.  Hannity also received a new and lucrative contract when Bain purchased Clear Channel in 2008.  

It's quite a propaganda budget...but if Mitt Romney wins the White House it's worth it, right?

In a stunning article from Wayne Barrett of Newsweek and The Daily Beast from March 2012, Romney and Bain were outed as the money behind conservative talk radio.  Bain bought Clear Channel in 2008 then took over its board of directors with the goal of influencing public opinion during the presidential campaigns of 2008, 2012 and beyond.  With millions of dollars now being donated to the Romney campaign from Clear Channel, Americans should wonder just how much control Mitt Romney and Bain Capital have over conservative talk radio show hosts Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck.  These shows reach tens of millions of listeners every day.  Sean Hannity reaches even more viewers on his Fox News television show.  

Conservative talk radio show hosts rely on Bain Capital for their livelihood.  That can't be good for fair and honest opinions on their shows.

Read the Daily Beast article and spread the word:

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  •  Great work. More people need to pay attention (8+ / 0-)

    A long time ago I heard that William F Buckley was supported by Texas Oil money, and those who lived in the central Texas area in the late sixties will remember a fore runner of today's right wing talk radio, HL Hunt's conservative talk shows out of Dallas.

    The link between conservative special interests and oil, and then to fundamentalist Christianity has to be really studied and focused on.  

    If billions of dollars are spent over a period of forty years to address a perceived need to change the way American is going and how the country is thinking, it become a massive source of influence.  

    I think a lot of people don't really get this.  

    The reason among Democrats and Progressives is that the tradition of intellectual challenge and debate, fostered by the university system, would seem to be foundational to our society and too all encompassing to be undermined by born again Christians and special interest money.  

    We need to think again.  There are people out there like Mitt Romney who really believe that they should be the ones in charge and that if they were to be in charge, America would be on a Righteous track.  

    These people believe this with a driving sense of purpose that would be a powerful force of persuasion in any context, including the battlefield.  To them, this is a battle that has to be won.  

    Meanwhile we tend to be pretty live and let live even to the extent that if we see the bulldozer heading right towards us, we won't believe it.  We don't generally understand driven purpose until too late and then we protest.  

    The problem with people like Romney is that he hears no screams of protest.  He believes it should be music to his ears because it means he is pushing in the right direction.  

    hope that the idiots who have no constructive and creative solutions but only look to tear down will not win the day.

    by Stuart Heady on Sat May 26, 2012 at 11:18:15 AM PDT

  •  I Refuse To Run on Dunkin. (3+ / 0-)
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    Old Lefty, devtob, magnetics
    Dunkin' Brands Group, the parent company of quick-service chains Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, will soon be publicly traded. Private equity firms Bain Capital, The Carlyle Group, and Thomas E. Lee Partners coughed up $2.4 billion, or 13.5 times EBITDA, for Dunkin' Brands back in 2006. The private consortium will now float out about 20% of the shares in an IPO expected soon, and hold onto the rest of the shares, along with control of the company.
    even wikipedia says this:
    Carlyle in the Media

    Carlyle has been profiled in two notable documentaries, Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 911 and William Karel's The World According to Bush.
    In the documentary film Fahrenheit 911, Michael Moore makes nine allegations concerning the Carlyle Group, including: That the Bin Laden and Bush families were both connected to the Group; that following the attacks on September 11, the bin Laden family’s investments in the Carlyle Group became an embarrassment to the Carlyle Group and the family was forced to liquidate their assets with the firm; that the Carlyle group was, in essence, the 11th largest defense contractor in the United States.[34] Moore focused on Carlyle's connections with George H. W. Bush and his Secretary of State James A. Baker III, both of whom had at times served as advisors to the firm.
    A Carlyle spokesman noted in 2003 that its 7% interest in defense industries was far less than several other Private equity firms.[35] Carlyle also has provided detail on its links with the Bin Laden family, specifically the relatively minor investments by an estranged half brother.[36]
    In his documentary The World According to Bush (May 2004), William Karel interviewed Frank Carlucci to discuss the presence of Shafiq bin Laden, Osama bin Laden's estranged brother, at Carlyle's annual investor conference while the September 11 attacks were occurring.[36][37]
    Zeitgeist The Movie makes similar claims that The Carlyle Group may have played a part in 9/11.

    The Carlyle group is heavily invested in all things medical too, and also the insurance companies that 'pay' for them- which is very profitable when their products cause the diabetes that their pharmaceuticals fix.
  •  Too bad Bain doesn't screw Clear Channel (0+ / 0-)

    like it has so many others!

    The hungry judges soon the sentence sign, And wretches hang, that jurymen may dine.

    by magnetics on Sun May 27, 2012 at 12:00:06 AM PDT

  •  Three Ways to Stop Rush Limbaugh (0+ / 0-)

    Diary just published:

    Three Ways to Stop Rush Limbaugh

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    by Richard Myers on Sun May 27, 2012 at 07:53:20 AM PDT

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