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Mitt Romney was once the head honcho at Bain Capital. Bain Capital owns Clear Channel. Clear Channel includes both the radio network, and an outdoor billboard division.

On the radio side, Clear Channel syndicates Romney supporters Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, and Glenn Beck through its Premiere Networks subsidiary.

On the billboard side, Clear Channel is being accused of acquiescence to voter suppression because of billboards in minority neighborhoods allegedly containing messages intended to intimidate minority voters.

(photo from article about similar 2010 billboard, Journal Sentinel)

The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law has sent a letter to Clear Channel demanding removal of the billboards, and is asking the public to do the same via petition on their web page. has just published more information indicating that voting age populations in the neighborhoods around some of the signs are 96 percent black, 88 percent black, and 76 percent black.

This news story has also been covered by Politics Nation on MSNBC, Bob Ceska, and other media. No one seems to know who the "out of town" billboard buyer might be, except that they were paid for "by a private family foundation". An Associated Press story says "Clear Channel Outdoor operates the billboards and says it's not responsible for the language". The relevant question becomes, just what does Clear Channel know, and what is Clear Channel responsible for?

And note the very different message that beams out from Clear Channel billboards in Harris County, Texas, where 57 percent of the populace is white:

Harris County Clerk Stan Stanart and Harris County Commissioner Steve Radack in partnership with Clear Channel VP Lee Vela, unveiled a countywide billboard campaign Oct. 1 promoting early voting among the 1.95 million registered voters in the nation’s third largest voting jurisdiction.
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As the Reverend Al Sharpton says on his news segment about the voter suppression billboards, with all that is at stake in this election, "you should be afraid NOT to vote".

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Originally posted to Richard Myers on Wed Oct 10, 2012 at 04:52 PM PDT.

Also republished by Headwaters.

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  •  Tip Jar (6+ / 0-)

    Follow me on Twitter: @denverunionguy

    by Richard Myers on Wed Oct 10, 2012 at 04:52:01 PM PDT

  •  Thanks for this, Richard. (2+ / 0-)
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    Richard Myers, phonegery

     I signed the petition and I hope we find out out who paid for this. Pretty damn ugly.

  •  I'd call that a targeted threat. (1+ / 0-)
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    Yes, whose money is behind it.  

    Time is a long river.

    by phonegery on Wed Oct 10, 2012 at 05:27:47 PM PDT

  •  I don't think the public understands (2+ / 0-)
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    Richard Myers, johnny wurster

    the fear that is driving the right wing. They are worried that the Democrats will keep nominating friendly black guys, who will be able to cleave off a minority of the white vote but most of the minority vote and thus be virtually unbeatable. So they feel that they have to stop black people from voting, as much as possible, lest they will have to endure an endless string of black presidents. For someone on the right, in many ways a centrist black president is much more offensive than a liberal white president. They are practically panicked over the thought of "turning over our country" to these people we brought here to work in the fields.

  •  RW radio doing a lot of intimidation and suppressi (0+ / 0-)

    on related programming and guests these days. and has been instrumental selling V supp for years, in all its forms.

    i'll bet there will be a lot of paid callers being used the next month.

    great connection.

    This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and partisan lying by broadcasting sports on Limbaugh radio stations.

    by certainot on Wed Oct 10, 2012 at 09:27:40 PM PDT

  •  We need our own Billboards! (0+ / 0-)

    We need our own Billboards to call out Mitt on his insulting comments about Obama and appeal to people's pride in the performance of our first black president (and make sure we get good turnout!)  Billboards like these...

    Mitt Romney claims that the Obama presidency will be a mere "footnote in history".
    Tell Mitt that Obama is no "footnote"!
    Make Governor Romney a "footnote in history" by voting for the President on Tuesday Nov 6th. He is counting on YOUR support.


    'Mitt says President Obama is "in over his head".  
    Tell Mitt that the man who got Bin Laden, ended the Iraq war, decimated the al Qaeda leadership, led an international effort that ousted Lybia's Qaddaffi, turned around an economy in free-fall, saved the US auto industry, and put us on the path of healthcare for all is NOT "in over his head"!
    Prove Mitt wrong! President Obama needs YOU to vote on Tuesday Nov 6th.


    Romney says of our commander-in-chief: "if you do not want America to be the strongest nation on earth, I am not your President. You have that President today"!
    What's that Mitt? President Obama got Bin Laden, etc (same as for prev item)


    Mitt Romney's wife Ann speculates that maybe "it's time for the grown-up" to move into the White House.
    Tell the Romneys that the guy who saved GM and got Bin Laden is a "grown-up", not a boy.
    Don't let them get away with disrespecting the office and our president.
    Be sure to vote on Nov 6th. President Obama and America needs YOU to vote.


    Josh Romney on why his dad did well against Obama: "As a father, he learned how to debate an obstinate child." (same response as prev item)

    Instead of millions on TV ads for the small group of undecideds, spend far less in urban areas in swing states (Florida, Ohio) to make sure that Obama's supporters vote! In this area Obama has an advantage over Romney, who can NOT make effective use of billboards, transit ads, etc.  Obama can!  And the more Dems that vote for Obama, the better it is for candidates further down the ballot.

    Could you use a bit of help educating people about Mitt? There's an app for that! Put "Mitt (Romney) in Your Pocket" via FREE download for Android devices (and Kindle/Nook).

    by StopTheMittster on Fri Oct 19, 2012 at 07:47:36 AM PDT

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