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Romney’s Bain Capital Owns Media Giant Broadcasting Limbaugh, Hannity
The New American ^ | 1-13-12 | Alex Newman

Posted on 01/30/2012 1:15:35 PM PST by STARWISE

Activists are expressing serious concerns that Mitt Romney’s private equity firm Bain Capital owns one of America’s largest media conglomerates, Clear Channel Communications, Inc., which broadcasts numerous popular talk-show hosts with incalculable influence in the 2012 GOP primary.

Among the radio personalities syndicated by Clear Channel or aired on hundreds of stations it owns nationwide are Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Mark Levin, Glenn Beck, Michael Savage, and many others.

Because of the San Antonio-based media giant’s enormous influence — it is the largest owner of radio stations in the United States, and experts point out that it essentially owns what has come to be known as the conservative talk-radio industry — Romney critics, supporters of Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich, Tea Party groups, and elections commentators are all raising the alarm.

Some analysts are even calling for the firm to disclose the fact that Romney’s Bain Capital owns a station or syndicates a show whenever a media personality is reporting on the Republican presidential campaign.

Former Politico.com reporter Ben Smith, now the editor-in-chief of BuzzFeed, called out Rush Limbaugh on Thursday for defending Romney and Bain Capital without disclosing that his employer is owned by the candidate’s firm. “Talk radio king Rush Limbaugh has emerged as a key defender of Mitt Romney’s tenure at Bain Capital, where — his Republican and Democratic critics charge — layoffs at companies Bain owned should be blamed on Romney,” noted Smith. “But Limbaugh hasn’t mentioned his own tie to the venture capital firm: Bain owns Clear Channel Communications, whose subsidiary inked a $400 million, eight-year syndication deal with Limbaugh in 2008.”

It turns out the talk-radio titan had actually revealed the connection later on in the show, and Smith updated his article to include that fact when he was made aware of it by readers. But the explosive story attracted more media interest in the subject nonetheless.

Bain Capital joined with private-equity firm Thomas H. Lee Partners to buy Clear Channel in 2008, with the announcement made shortly before Romney’s 2008 run for the GOP nomination. The $25-billion deal included around 1,000 AM and FM stations, as well as dozens of televisions stations that were later sold off.

Clear Channel subsidiary Premiere Radio Networks — the largest radio syndication service in America with talk-show hosts including Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, and Sean Hannity — was also part of the package. According to the company’s website, its radio programs reach nearly two-thirds of the American people each week through some 5,000 radio affiliations.

“Think about that the next time you're flipping channels on the radio and realize that Rush Limbaugh calls the candidates ‘Romney,’ ‘Non-Romney,’ and ‘Loony,’” noted Delaware elections examiner Angel Clark in a piece detailing the connections. “Why do these other candidates get called ‘Non-Romney’?”

Today, of course, Romney no longer leads the firm he co-founded, though Bain Capital and Bain & Co. are shoveling gargantuan sums of money into his campaign. But Romney still owns a huge stake in the company and profits handsomely from it, according to his financial disclosure report. And analysts say he undoubtedly still wields at least some degree of influence.

“If you have been wondering why so many conservative talk show hosts are being so incredibly kind to Mitt Romney, this just might be the answer,” explained a popular blogger commenting on the Bain Capital-Clear Channel connection, saying it was improper for one of the Republican front-runners to have such an overwhelming financial stake in talk radio. “In the media world, there is a clear understanding that you simply do not bite the hand that feeds you…. If you were making tens of millions of dollars a year, wouldn't you be very careful to avoid offending your boss?”

It remains unclear how much influence Bain Capital actually exerts over the day-to-day operations of its employees at Clear Channel. However, even the perception of a potential conflict of interest has led to severe and growing criticism of both the media behemoth and Romney.

Clear Channel and its subsidiaries have been criticized on several other fronts in recent times, too. Last year, for example, its Premiere Radio Networks syndication service was exposed using paid actors to call into talk shows and read scripts. Some cynics have even suggested that pro-Romney callers on conservative shows may have actually been well-paid propagandists reading from a prepared script.

What is clear is that very little serious scrutiny and criticism of Romney or Bain Capital has been broadcasted by Clear Channel radio stations and talk-show hosts in recent years. More than a few, however, have been very vocal in their support for Romney.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2012; 2012election; baincapital; clearchannel; elections; limbaugh; romney; romneytruthfile; rush
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Romney's Skeletons: His Bain Capital Received Millions in Bailouts

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GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney is under fire after news reports surfaced showing that his company, Bain Capital, benefited from multiple federal bailouts amounting to well over $50 million. The top-tier Republican candidate has flip-flopped on the issue of whether or not taxpayers should be forced to bail out private firms, but critics have seized on his controversial work at Bain to attack his candidacy from all angles.

The scandal over Romney’s federal bailouts first surged to prominence after a former strategist for the late Sen. Ted Kennedy publicly released an unaired campaign ad — made nearly a decade ago when Romney was running for the Massachusetts Senate seat — exposing a $10-million federal bailout of Bain & Co. while Romney was at the helm. The attack ad, citing a 1994 report in the Boston Globe, noted that Romney worked with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. (FDIC) to bamboozle the American people out of money under the guise of “debt forgiveness.”

“Mitt Romney says he saved Bain & Company, but he didn’t tell you that on the day he took over, he had his predecessor fire hundreds of employees, or that the way the company was rescued was with a federal bailout of $10 million,” notes the narrator in Sen. Kennedy’s unreleased ad as pictures of newspaper articles fill the screen. “He and others made $4 million in this deal which cost ordinary people $10 million.”

As if that was not bad enough for one of the GOP front-runners, Reuters recently reported that a steel company taken over by Bain Capital went bankrupt and received another big handout from the government. After the Missouri mill’s approximately 750 employees were fired, a federal insurance agency had to bail out its underfunded pension plan to the tune of almost $45 million. But Bain still made millions in profits on the deal.

“His supporters say the pension gap at the Kansas City mill was an unforeseen consequence of a falling stock market and adverse market conditions,” Reuters reported in the article entitled “Romney's steel skeleton in the Bain closet,” published on January 6. “But records show that the mill's Bain-backed management was confronted several times about the fund's shortfall, which, in the end, required an infusion of funds from the federal Pension Benefits Guarantee Corp.”

Romney opponents from across the political spectrum have seized on the revelations to paint one of the GOP’s leading presidential candidates as a flip-flopping, taxpayer-fleecing insider. “This is more evidence that the so-called ‘fronrunners’ from the establishment represent more of the status quo that American voters are tired of — people who benefit from government bailouts on the taxpayers’ dime and seek office to help their buddies do the same,” said Jesse Benton, chairman of Rep. Ron Paul’s surging top-tier campaign for the Republican nomination.

Some Romney defenders such as the editors of National Review had recently claimed — inaccurately — that he “never” sought a bailout. But media pundits quickly exposed the error and mocked the neoconservative publication, borrowing a word from the NRO article to label its coverup of Romney’s federal rescues “asinine.”

Other Romney apologists have attacked his critics for exposing Bain Capital’s record. But because the former Massachusetts Governor has made his work at the firm one of the central focuses of his campaign, analysts said closer scrutiny of Romney’s career there should have been expected.

And the criticism is growing quickly. "Put it all together and even Barack Obama is to Mitt’s right on bailouts," wrote conservative commentator John Hawkins in a piece calling Romney the “Bailout King” of American politics. "Is this what conservatives will have to defend in 2012 in the name of 'capitalism' because Mitt Romney’s the nominee?"

1 posted on 01/30/2012 1:15:45 PM PST by STARWISE
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To: STARWISE; Jim Robinson

BTTT


2 posted on 01/30/2012 1:19:51 PM PST by EdReform (Oath Keepers - Guardians of the Republic - Honor your oath - Join us: www.oathkeepers.org)
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To: STARWISE

And all the local radio stations that carry rush and hannity.Ever wonder why the local guy you have listened to in the morning ,whom you thought was conservative, will not bash romney?He just might be getting his paycheck indirectly from bain capitol.


3 posted on 01/30/2012 1:27:07 PM PST by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life is tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
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To: EdReform

I heard Rush make a reference to Bain Capital and Clear Channel, but, no way are any of the conservative talk show hosts in the tank for Romney. Consider the source.


4 posted on 01/30/2012 1:27:55 PM PST by Catsrus
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To: EdReform
Seems they have BECK in already in the tank...
(High Octane for Romneezil)

Fox news seems to have some subtle marching orders as well....

JMHO....

5 posted on 01/30/2012 1:29:10 PM PST by Wings-n-Wind (The main things are the plain things!)
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To: Catsrus

I beg to differ with you on that.


6 posted on 01/30/2012 1:29:34 PM PST by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life is tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
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To: onyx; penelopesire; maggief; hoosiermama; SE Mom; Liz; rodguy911; Fred Nerks; Red Steel; ...

. . Zing!


7 posted on 01/30/2012 1:30:41 PM PST by STARWISE (The overlords are in place .. we are a nation under siege .. pray, go Galt & hunker down)
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To: EdReform
TOTAL CRAP!!!!! Anyone who believes that Clear Channel tells any of these guys how or what to say, or in any way influences what they say is living in a fantasy world.

Just another empty headed pseudo-conservative looking for someone other than the candidates and their own campaign organizations to blame.

The MSM and all the talking heads on them has been supportive of Mitt, does Bain Capital own them as well?

Only the gullible and brain-dead believe this sort of crap.

Too silly and asinine for words. LOL!!!!
8 posted on 01/30/2012 1:31:03 PM PST by Sudetenland (Anybody but Obama!!!!)
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To: STARWISE
Rush shilling for Romney?? Seriously??


9 posted on 01/30/2012 1:31:31 PM PST by Constitutionalist Conservative (Never mind.)
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To: STARWISE

Interesting


10 posted on 01/30/2012 1:34:38 PM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: STARWISE

Great find, STARWISE. Another drip in the (nearly full) bucket.


11 posted on 01/30/2012 1:35:53 PM PST by no-to-illegals (Please God, Protect and Bless Our Men and Women in Uniform with Victory. Amen.)
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To: Constitutionalist Conservative

Rush shilling for Romney?? Seriously??


It’s unbelievable, isn’t it? Insanity.


12 posted on 01/30/2012 1:36:40 PM PST by magritte (Nevermind)
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To: HANG THE EXPENSE

The local station I listen too, WNIS, bashes everyone. Tony Macrini is a libertarian. He doesn’t even agree completely with Dr. Paul.


13 posted on 01/30/2012 1:36:50 PM PST by stuartcr ("In this election year of 12, how deep into their closets will we delve?")
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To: STARWISE

I don’t see Rush, Hannity nor Levin in the tank for Romney total BS.


14 posted on 01/30/2012 1:38:26 PM PST by THE_RAIDER (Somewhere in Kenya a village is missing their idiot.)
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To: Sudetenland; EdReform; All

Rush has been very fair ..and critical of Romney .. so I don’t hold him up as an example of this piece.

Rush Limbaugh: “Romney is not a conservative”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W_YLARNrZGw&feature=player_embedded

Don’t Hold Your Breath for Romney to Attack Obama the Way He Attacked Newt

http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2012/01/30/don_t_hold_your_breath_for_romney_to_attack_obama_the_way_he_attacked_newt

Same with Mark Levin ..

Mark Levin: ‘Character Matters and Romney’s Worries Me’

http://newsbusters.org/blogs/noel-sheppard/2012/01/29/mark-levin-character-matters-and-romneys-worries-me

Mark’s entire Romney piece:

https://www.facebook.com/notes/mark-levin/character-matters-and-romneys-worries-me/10150499413515946

As for the other hosts, who knows ...


15 posted on 01/30/2012 1:38:41 PM PST by STARWISE (The overlords are in place .. we are a nation under siege .. pray, go Galt & hunker down)
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To: Catsrus

>> no way are any of the conservative talk show hosts in the tank for Romney <<

Your kidding, right? I can not believe you wrote it.


16 posted on 01/30/2012 1:39:06 PM PST by Calif4Palin (Vice President Palin sounds so good....)
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To: STARWISE
A perpetual Myth?

Connecting the dots ...

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2832273/posts

Bain Capital Owns Clear Channel (Limbaugh,Hannity, Beck, Savage, Etc.)

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http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2833425/posts?page=89#89

Romney Plans to Pursue Public Service - SLOC boss won’t return to business after Games; Romney Plans to Pursue Public Service
Salt Lake Tribune, The (UT) - Tuesday, August 21, 2001
Author: MIKE GORRELL, THE SALT LAKE TRIBUNE

EXCERPT

The transition was ensured when Romney informed the 26 managing directors of Bain Capital recently that he was “going limited.” That meant he no longer intended to resume his duties as managing partner and chief executive of the company, which started or took part in 140 corporate acquisitions since 1984 and has more than $12 billion in assets.

In doing so, he gave up control over all of Bain Capital’s voting stock, dividing the shares between the two dozen directors. The divestiture had no financial ramifications, Romney said, affecting only the management and control of the company.

//

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2835158/posts?page=15#15

Public service for Romney
Deseret News, The (Salt Lake City, UT) - Monday, August 20, 2001
Author: Lisa Riley Roche and Bob Bernick Jr., Deseret News staff writers

EXCERPT

Romney took a leave of absence in 1999 as chief executive officer of Bain Capital Inc. to take the helm at SLOC.

Bain is one of the nation’s biggest private equity firms with 26 partners.

Earlier this year, Huntsman Corp. announced a deal in which Bain invested more than $600 million in the Salt Lake City-based chemical company.

Under terms of the deal, Bain gained a minority equity stake in Huntsman Corp., which assured the deal had nothing to do with Romney .

//

Say what?!?

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0112/71886.html

By KENNETH P. VOGEL | 1/24/12 11:56 AM EST Updated: 1/25/12 7:41 AM EST

Mitt Romney and his wife earned $13 million from Bain Capital investments in the past two years, according to tax information released by his presidential campaign Tuesday morning.

(snip)

“Remember that Gov. Romney resigned from Bain in February 1999 to take a full-time job running the Salt Lake [City Olympic] organizing committee,” (Brad Malt, the lawyer who administers the Romneys’ trusts) said. “Since that time, he has not had anything to do with Bain Capital or its investments. He has not participated in Bain Capital affairs.” The $13 million Romney received in 2010 and 2011 is from so-called carried interest that “does represent investments previously made by Gov. Romney in Bain Capital.”

(snip)

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http://pfds.opensecrets.org/N00000286_2010_pres.pdf

Form 278

http://www.davemanuel.com/pols/mitt-romney/

2012 Net Worth for Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney

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Average Net Worth: $171,748,066*

Minimum Net Worth: $80,873,131
Maximum Net Worth: $257,852,991

Average 2010 Income: $26,343,067**

Min. Gross Income: $9,592,421
Max. Gross Income: $43,093,712

Name: Mitt Romney
Last Filing: August 12th, 2011

Title: Presidential Candidate
Salary: $0

Party: Republican

Term Start: -
Term End: -

Assets

GS Financial Square Federal Fund - FST Shares $5,000,001 - $25,000,000
BCIP Trust Associates III $5,000,001 - $25,000,000
SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust SPDR $1,000,001 - $5,000,000
Sankaty Credit Opportunities IV $1,000,001 - $5,000,000
IShares TR-IShares MSCI Eafe Index Fund ETF $1,000,001 - $5,000,000
GS Strategic Income Fund Class 1 $1,000,001 - $5,000,000
FHLB 3.625% 10/18/2013 AO SR LIEN $1,000,001 - $5,000,000
FHLB SER: 421 3.875000% 06/14/2013 JD $1,000,001 - $5,000,000
FHLB SER: 312 5.750000% 05/15/2012 MN $1,000,001 - $5,000,000
FHLB 5.5% 08/13/2014 FA $1,000,001 - $5,000,000
Sankaty Credit Opportunities III $1,000,001 - $5,000,000
Thornburg Investment Management $1,000,001 - $5,000,000
FHLB 1.0% 12/28/2011 JD $1,000,001 - $5,000,000
Select Commodities Strategies, LLC $1,000,001 - $5,000,000
FHLB 1.625% 03/20/2013 MS $1,000,001 - $5,000,000
FHLB 1.75% 08/22/2012 FA $1,000,001 - $5,000,000
Absolute Return Capital Partners $1,000,001 - $5,000,000
Brookside Capital Partners Fund $1,000,001 - $5,000,000
Prospect Harbor Credit Partners $1,000,001 - $5,000,000
Sankaty High Yield Asset Grantor Trust $1,000,001 - $5,000,000
FHLB 5.250000% 06/18/2014 JD $1,000,001 - $5,000,000
FHLB 3.625% 05/29/2013 MN $1,000,001 - $5,000,000
FFCB 4.875000% 12/16/2015 JD $1,000,001 - $5,000,000
FHLB 1.75% 08/22/2012 FA $1,000,001 - $5,000,000
FHLB 4.75% 12/16/2016 JD $1,000,001 - $5,000,000
BNP Paribas Lnkd to Basket of 6 Commod Fut 0% Coupon Due Nov 21, 2014 Structured Note $1,000,001 - $5,000,000
FHLB 3.625% 09/16/2011 MS $1,000,001 - $5,000,000
FHLB 4.625% 10/10/2012 AO $1,000,001 - $5,000,000
GS Private Client Portfolio $1,000,001 - $5,000,000
FHLB 1.0% 12/28/2011 JD $1,000,001 - $5,000,000
Eksportsfinans ASA Linked to Global Basket vs USD 0% Coupon Due May 2012 Structured Note Over $1,000,000*
Bain Capital Fund VIII Over $1,000,000*
BCIP Venture Associates Over $1,000,000*
FHLB 4.625% 10/10/2012 AO Over $1,000,000*
BCIP Associates IV Over $1,000,000*
BNP Paribas Lnkd to Basket of 6 Commod Fut 0% Coupon Due Nov 21, 2014 Structured Note Over $1,000,000*
FHLB 4.500000% 11/15/2012 Over $1,000,000*
FFCB 4.875000% 12/16/2015 JD Over $1,000,000*
BCIP Associates III Over $1,000,000*
GS 2002 Exchange Place Fund LP Over $1,000,000*
Goldman Sachs Hedge Fund Partners II, LLC Over $1,000,000*
BNP Paribas Lnkd to Eurostoxx 50 Div Pts 0% Coupon Due 12/29/2014 Over $1,000,000*
Brookside Capital Partners Fund II Over $1,000,000*
Brookside Capital Partners Fund Over $1,000,000*
Elliott Associates, LP Over $1,000,000*
D5 Family Bulldog Fund, LP Over $1,000,000*
Goldman Sachs Hedge Fund Partners, LLC Over $1,000,000*
Solamere Founders Fund 1-B, LP Over $1,000,000*
Goldman Sachs Trust GS Inflation Protected Securities Fund - Instl Shs Over $1,000,000*
Goldman Sachs Global Opportunities Fund, LLC Over $1,000,000*
BNP Paribas Lnk to Bric + IT vs JPY (FX) 0% Coupon Due 9/22/2011 Structured Note Over $1,000,000*
GS Financial Square Federal Fund - FST Shares Over $1,000,000*
SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust SPDR Over $1,000,000*
Rabobank Nederland, Utrecht Lnkd to Ishares FTSE/China 0% Coupon Due 5/7/2012 Structured Note $500,001 - $1,000,000
The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. Linked to MSCI Eafe 0% Due 07/03/2013 Structured Note $500,001 - $1,000,000
GS Local Emerging Mkts Debt Fd Mutual Fund - CL 1 $500,001 - $1,000,000
Eksportfinans ASA Linked to Asian FX Bask vs USD 0% Coupon Due Jan 2012 Structured Note $500,001 - $1,000,000
The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. Linked to DJIA 0% Coupon Due 07/29/2013 Structured Note $500,001 - $1,000,000
The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. Linked to DJIA 0% Coupon Due 07/29/2013 Structured Note $500,001 - $1,000,000
CCG Investments (BVI) LP $500,001 - $1,000,000
Whitehall Street Global Real Estate Limited Partnership 2007 $500,001 - $1,000,000
Bain Capital Fund X $500,001 - $1,000,000
Bain Capital Fund IX $500,001 - $1,000,000
Golden Gate Capital Opportunity Fund, LP $500,001 - $1,000,000
Bain Capital Fund VII-E $500,001 - $1,000,000
Bain Capital Fund VIII-E $500,001 - $1,000,000
GS Capital Partners Fund 2000, LP $500,001 - $1,000,000
Bain Capital Fund VII $500,001 - $1,000,000
FHLB 3.625% 05/29/2013 MN $500,001 - $1,000,000
FHLB 1.0% 12/28/2011 JD $500,001 - $1,000,000
The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. Linked to SP GSCI Agriculture 0% Due 09/07/2012 Structured Note $500,001 - $1,000,000
FHLB 1.875% 06/21/2013 JD $500,001 - $1,000,000
TVA 6.79% 05/23/2012 MN $500,001 - $1,000,000
Goldman Sachs Small Cap Value Class 1 $500,001 - $1,000,000
FHLB 5.375% 05/18/2016 MN $500,001 - $1,000,000
FHLB 4.500000% 09/16/2013 MS $500,001 - $1,000,000
FHLB 1.5% 01/16/2013 JJ $500,001 - $1,000,000
FHLB 1.625% 03/20/2013 $500,001 - $1,000,000
FHLB 1.625% 09/26/2012 MS $500,001 - $1,000,000
FHLB 5.375% 08/19/2011 FA $500,001 - $1,000,000
FHLB 5.375% 05/18/2016 MN $500,001 - $1,000,000
FHLB 5.250000% 06/18/2014 JD $500,001 - $1,000,000
FHLB 4.875% 11/18/2011 MN $500,001 - $1,000,000
FHLB 4.875% 05/17/2017 MN $500,001 - $1,000,000
FHLB 3.625% 10/18/2013 AO SR LIEN $500,001 - $1,000,000
FHLB 3.625% 07/01/2011 JJ $500,001 - $1,000,000
CCG Investment Fund, LP $250,001 - $500,000
GGC Investment Fund II-A, LP $250,001 - $500,000
Absolute Return Capital Partners $250,001 - $500,000
BNP Paribas Lnkd to Eurostoxx 50 Div PTS 0% Coupon Due 12/29/2014 Structured Note $250,001 - $500,000
Federated Government Obligation Fund $250,001 - $500,000
GGC Investment Annex Fund II, LP $250,001 - $500,000
Ford Motor Company $250,001 - $500,000
Bain Capital VIII Co-Investment Fund $250,001 - $500,000
Gold $250,001 - $500,000
Rob Rom, LLC, Moorpark, CA (Owns Horses) $250,001 - $500,000
Bain Capital Venture Fund 2001 $250,001 - $500,000
GS Strategic Income Fund Class I $250,001 - $500,000
Rabobank Nederland, Utrecht Linked to MSCI Taiwan Index 0% Due 07/11/2013 Structured Note $250,001 - $500,000
The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. Lnkd To The Russell 2000 Index 0% Coupon Due 07/19/2013 Structured Note $250,001 - $500,000
Sankaty Credit Opportunities II $250,001 - $500,000
Goldman Sachs Trust GS Inflation Protected Securities Fund - INSTAL SHS $250,001 - $500,000
B of A Cash Accounts $250,001 - $500,000
Sankaty Special Situations I $100,001 - $250,000
Marriott International, Inc. Cmn Class A $100,001 - $250,000
Prospect Harbor Credit Partners $100,001 - $250,000
BCIP Associates II $100,001 - $250,000
Bain Capital Asia Fund $100,001 - $250,000
FNMA 3.25% 04/09/2013 AO $100,001 - $250,000
GGC Investment Fund II, LP $100,001 - $250,000
GGC Investments II-A Adjunct (BVI), LP $100,001 - $250,000
Cash - GS Account $100,001 - $250,000
GGC Investments II (BVI), LP $100,001 - $250,000
FHLMC 4.625% 10/25/2012 AO $100,001 - $250,000
Rabobank Nederland, Utrecht Lnkd to IShares FTSE/China 0% Coupon Due 5/7/2012 Structured Note $100,001 - $250,000
Whitehall Street Real Estate LP XIII/XIV $100,001 - $250,000
BNP Paribas Lnk to BRIC + IT vs JPY (FX) 0% Coupon Due 9/22/2011 Structured Note $50,001 - $100,000
Cash - GS Account $50,001 - $100,000
Sankaty Credit Opportunities IV $50,001 - $100,000
GS Emerging Markets Opportunities Fund LLC $50,001 - $100,000
Sankaty Credit Opportunities $50,001 - $100,000
Sankaty High Yield Asset Grantor Trust $50,001 - $100,000
Bain Capital Venture Fund 2005 $50,001 - $100,000
Bain Capital VII Coinvestment Fund $50,001 - $100,000
Bain Capital V Mezzanine Partners $50,001 - $100,000
Bain Capital Venture Fund 2007 $50,001 - $100,000
Bain Capital Fund VI $15,001 - $50,000
Abbott Laboratories $15,001 - $50,000
BCIP Associates III-B $15,001 - $50,000
GS Capital Partners III LP $15,001 - $50,000
BCIP Associates I $15,001 - $50,000
BCIP Associates $15,001 - $50,000
BCIP Trust Associates II $15,001 - $50,000
III Capital $15,001 - $50,000
Loan Secured by Real Property in Missouri City, TX $15,001 - $50,000
Whitehall Street Real Estate Fund IX/X $15,001 - $50,000
Abry Broadcast Partners II, LP $15,001 - $50,000
Whitehall Street Real Estate Fund XI/XII $15,001 - $50,000
Bain Capital Europe Fund III $15,001 - $50,000
Sankaty High Yield Partners III $15,001 - $50,000
CCG Investments LLC $15,001 - $50,000
Sankaty Credit Opportunities $1,001 - $15,000
Sankaty High Yield Partners II $1,001 - $15,000
GS Financial Square Federal Fund - FST Shares $1,001 - $15,000
Goldman Sachs Core Fixed-Inc Mutual Fund $1,001 - $15,000
Argo Digital Solutions, Inc. $1,001 - $15,000
Lynuxworks, Inc. $1,001 - $15,000
Sun Venture Capital Partners I, L.P. $1,001 - $15,000
Sankaty Special Situations I $1,001 - $15,000
III Capital $1,001 - $15,000
Bain Capital Fund IX Co-Investment Fund $1,001 - $15,000
GGC Investments II, LLC $1,001 - $15,000
Bain Capital Partners IV $1,001 - $15,000
Bain Capital Partners V $1,001 - $15,000
Eksportfinans ASA LNK to KRW vs EUR 0% Coupon Due 02/28/2011 Less Than $1,001
BNP Paribas Linked to Eurostoxx 50 Div PTS 0% Coupon Less Than $1,001
Cash - GS Account Less Than $1,001
FHLB 3.875000% 01/15/2010 JJ Less Than $1,001
GS Global Equity Partners I, LLC Less Than $1,001
Goldman Sachs Investment Grade Credit Fund - INST Less Than $1,001
Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. CMN Less Than $1,001
Goldman Sachs Ultra-Short Duration Government FD Less Than $1,001
Goldman Sachs Short Duration Government Fund Less Than $1,001
FHLB 4.375% 10/22/2010 AO Less Than $1,001
FHLB 4.375000% 09/17/2010 MS Less Than $1,001
FHLB 4.375000% 03/17/2010 MS Less Than $1,001
FHLB 4.625000% 02/18/2011 FA Less Than $1,001

Income

BCIP Trust Associates III $1,000,001 - $5,000,000
BCIP Associates III Over $1,000,000*
CCG Investments (BVI) LP Over $1,000,000*
Brookside Capital Partners Fund Over $1,000,000*
Bain Capital Fund VIII Over $1,000,000*
Absolute Return Capital Partners $100,001 - $1,000,000
SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust SPDR $100,001 - $1,000,000
Goldman Sachs Trust GS Inflation Protected Securities Fund - Instl Shs $100,001 - $1,000,000
BCIP Venture Associates $100,001 - $1,000,000
Brookside Capital Partners Fund $100,001 - $1,000,000
Bain Capital Fund VIII-E $100,001 - $1,000,000
Thornburg Investment Management $100,001 - $1,000,000
GS Global Equity Partners I, LLC $100,001 - $1,000,000
Select Commodities Strategies, LLC $100,001 - $1,000,000
Goldman Sachs Investment Grade Credit Fund - INST $100,001 - $1,000,000
Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. CMN $100,001 - $1,000,000
Bain Capital Venture Fund 2005 $100,001 - $1,000,000
Sankaty Credit Opportunities IV $100,001 - $1,000,000
Brookside Capital Partners Fund II $100,001 - $1,000,000
Bain Capital Venture Fund 2001 $100,001 - $1,000,000
GS 2002 Exchange Place Fund LP $100,001 - $1,000,000
GS Capital Partners Fund 2000, LP $100,001 - $1,000,000
CCG Investment Fund, LP $100,001 - $1,000,000
GGC Investment Fund II-A, LP $100,001 - $1,000,000
GGC Investment Annex Fund II, LP $100,001 - $1,000,000
GGC Investment Fund II, LP $100,001 - $1,000,000
Solamere Founders Fund 1-B, LP $100,001 - $1,000,000
Bain Capital VII Coinvestment Fund $100,001 - $1,000,000
Bain Capital Fund VII $100,001 - $1,000,000
Marriott International (Board Service) $113,881
No Apology: The Case for American Greatness (Profits Donated to Charity) $100,001 - $1,000,000
Bain Capital Fund VII-E $100,001 - $1,000,000
Bain Capital VIII Co-Investment Fund $100,001 - $1,000,000
Sankaty Credit Opportunities IV $100,001 - $1,000,000
Goldman Sachs Global Opportunities Fund, LLC $100,001 - $1,000,000
Goldman Sachs Hedge Fund Partners, LLC $100,001 - $1,000,000
Goldman Sachs Hedge Fund Partners II, LLC $100,001 - $1,000,000
FHLB 4.625% 10/10/2012 AO $50,001 - $100,000
GS Local Emerging Mkts Debt Fd Mutual Fund - CL 1 $50,001 - $100,000
FHLB 5.375% 08/19/2011 FA $50,001 - $100,000
FHLB 5.375% 05/18/2016 MN $50,001 - $100,000
GGC Investments II (BVI), LP $50,001 - $100,000
Goldentree Asset Mgt., New York, NY $68,000
Elliott Associates, LP $50,001 - $100,000
FHLB 4.500000% 11/15/2012 $50,001 - $100,000
Sankaty Credit Opportunities II $50,001 - $100,000
GS Private Client Portfolio $50,001 - $100,000
International Franchise Assoc., Las Vegas, NV $68,000
Clark Consulting, Half Moon Bay, CA $66,000
Prospect Harbor Credit Partners $50,001 - $100,000
Federated Government Obligation Fund $15,001 - $50,000
Whitehall Street Real Estate LP XIII/XIV $15,001 - $50,000
FHLB 3.625% 05/29/2013 MN $15,001 - $50,000
Sankaty Special Situations I $15,001 - $50,000
FFCB 4.875000% 12/16/2015 JD $15,001 - $50,000
Quest Educational Foundation, Naples, FL $35,771
D5 Family Bulldog Fund, LP $15,001 - $50,000
Barclay’s Bank, Washington, DC $42,500
Absolute Return Capital Partners $15,001 - $50,000
Riverside Theatre, Vero Beach, FL $20,000
FFCB 4.875000% 12/16/2015 JD $15,001 - $50,000
HP Healthcare Services, Dallas, TX $32,831
GGC Investments II-A Adjunct (BVI), LP $15,001 - $50,000
Get Motivated Seminars, via Sat Link, Boston, MA $29,750
Sankaty Credit Opportunities $15,001 - $50,000
FHLB 5.250000% 06/18/2014 JD $15,001 - $50,000
Prospect Harbor Credit Partners $15,001 - $50,000
Sankaty Credit Opportunities $15,001 - $50,000
FHLB 1.625% 03/20/2013 $15,001 - $50,000
FHLB 3.625% 05/29/2013 MN $15,001 - $50,000
FHLB 3.625% 07/01/2011 JJ $15,001 - $50,000
FHLB 3.625% 10/18/2013 AO SR LIEN $15,001 - $50,000
Bain Capital Venture Fund 2007 $15,001 - $50,000
FHLB 4.625000% 02/18/2011 FA $15,001 - $50,000
FHLB 4.875% 05/17/2017 MN $15,001 - $50,000
FHLB 4.875% 11/18/2011 MN $15,001 - $50,000
FHLB 5.250000% 06/18/2014 JD $15,001 - $50,000
FHLB 3.625% 10/18/2013 AO SR LIEN $15,001 - $50,000
Goldman Sachs Short Duration Government Fund $15,001 - $50,000
FHLB SER: 312 5.750000% 05/15/2012 MN $15,001 - $50,000
GS Strategic Income Fund Class I $15,001 - $50,000
III Capital $5,001 - $15,000
FNMA 3.25% 04/09/2013 AO $5,001 - $15,000
FHLMC 4.625% 10/25/2012 AO $5,001 - $15,000
FHLB 1.625% 03/20/2013 MS $5,001 - $15,000
Bain Capital Fund VI $5,001 - $15,000
FHLB 5.5% 08/13/2014 FA $5,001 - $15,000
FHLB 4.625% 10/10/2012 AO $5,001 - $15,000
FHLB 4.500000% 09/16/2013 MS $5,001 - $15,000
FHLB 3.625% 09/16/2011 MS $5,001 - $15,000
TVA 6.79% 05/23/2012 MN $5,001 - $15,000
FHLB SER: 421 3.875000% 06/14/2013 JD $5,001 - $15,000
Whitehall Street Global Real Estate Limited Partnership 2007 $5,001 - $15,000
Whitehall Street Real Estate Fund IX/X $5,001 - $15,000
FHLB 1.75% 08/22/2012 FA $5,001 - $15,000
Claremont McKenna College, Claremont, CA $11,475
FHLB 4.75% 12/16/2016 JD $2,501 - $5,000
FHLB 5.375% 05/18/2016 MN $2,501 - $5,000
GS Strategic Income Fund Class 1 $2,501 - $5,000
Bain Capital V Mezzanine Partners $2,501 - $5,000
Marriott International, Inc. Cmn Class A $2,501 - $5,000
IShares TR-IShares MSCI Eafe Index Fund ETF $2,501 - $5,000
SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust SPDR $2,501 - $5,000
FHLB 1.0% 12/28/2011 JD $2,501 - $5,000
Eksportfinans ASA LNK to KRW vs EUR 0% Coupon Due 02/28/2011 $2,501 - $5,000
FHLB 4.375000% 03/17/2010 MS $2,501 - $5,000
FHLB 4.375000% 09/17/2010 MS $2,501 - $5,000
BNP Paribas Linked to Eurostoxx 50 Div PTS 0% Coupon $2,501 - $5,000
FHLB 1.625% 09/26/2012 MS $2,501 - $5,000
FHLB 1.5% 01/16/2013 JJ $1,001 - $2,500
Goldman Sachs Small Cap Value Class 1 $1,001 - $2,500
Loan Secured by Real Property in Missouri City, TX $1,001 - $2,500
GS Financial Square Federal Fund - FST Shares $1,001 - $2,500
FHLB 3.875000% 01/15/2010 JJ $1,001 - $2,500
Sankaty Special Situations I $1,001 - $2,500
BCIP Associates $1,001 - $2,500
GS Financial Square Federal Fund - FST Shares $1,001 - $2,500
B of A Cash Accounts $1,001 - $2,500
FHLB 1.0% 12/28/2011 JD $1,001 - $2,500
Goldman Sachs Trust GS Inflation Protected Securities Fund - INSTAL SHS $1,001 - $2,500
FHLB 1.0% 12/28/2011 JD $201 - $1,000
Bain Capital Fund IX Co-Investment Fund $201 - $1,000
Goldman Sachs Core Fixed-Inc Mutual Fund $201 - $1,000

Liabilities

Solamere Founders Fund 1B, LP Over $1,000,000
Golden Gate Capital Opportunity Fund LP $250,001 - $500,000
Sankaty Credit Opportunities IV, LP $250,001 - $500,000
GGC Investments Annex Fund II LP $100,001 - $250,000
Whitehall Street Global Real Estate LP 2007 $100,001 - $250,000
Whitehall Street Real Estate Fund XI/XII $100,001 - $250,000
GGC Investments II (BVI) $15,001 - $50,000
GS Capital Partners III LP $15,001 - $50,000
Whitehall Street Real Estate Fund IX/X $15,001 - $50,000
GGC Investments II-A LP $10,001 - $15,000

Positions Held Outside U.S. Government

Irrevocable Trust Trust established to hold extended family vacation property Trustee 12/91-PRESENT
Marriott International Hotel Company Director 1/09-1/11

Notes:

-a large portion of Mitt and Ann Romney’s assets are held in blind trusts (Ann Romney Blind Trust and W. Mitt Romney Blind Trust)

-here is what Romney’s filing says about his liabilities: “Some investments in private equity and similar funds disclosed on Schedule A are made pursuant to agreements of limited partnership, subscription agreements and/or other similar documentation that could be characterized as creating liabilities for capital calls or other payments to be made by investors... in the case of Funds for which there is expected to be a capital call for future investments, the following table lists the Funds and the maximum expected future liability for such capital calls.”

Source: FEC.gov

*Average Net Worth = (Max Net Worth + Min Net Worth) / 2

**Average Income = (Max Net Worth + Min Net Worth) / 2
Includes Salary, Doesn’t Include Deductions

Note: Assets and Income are given in ranges, which is why there is a minimum and maximum net worth and income figure.

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http://www.investopedia.com/terms/l/limited-partner.asp

Limited Partner

http://www.sec.state.ma.us/cor/corpweb/corlp/lpinf.htm

Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Limited Partnership Information

17 posted on 01/30/2012 1:39:33 PM PST by maggief
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To: Catsrus
I heard Rush make a reference to Bain Capital and Clear Channel, but, no way are any of the conservative talk show hosts in the tank for Romney. Consider the source.

LOL. They were in the tank for Romney last time around and they are this time around. He is essentially their boss so they work to balance retaining their listeners and retaining their jobs.

18 posted on 01/30/2012 1:40:24 PM PST by Tramonto (Draft Palin)
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To: Sudetenland

Wouldn’t Obama be the “bailout king” after giving away trillions of OPM?


19 posted on 01/30/2012 1:42:10 PM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: STARWISE; Jim Robinson; EdReform; glock rocks; SierraWasp; ASA Vet; BIGLOOK; Liz; BOBTHENAILER
Again the old "Follow the money" or who benefits/Cui prodest are on target when people behave and act different from their norm during elections.

Bain Capital joined with private-equity firm Thomas H. Lee Partners to buy Clear Channel in 2008, with the announcement made shortly before Romney’s 2008 run for the GOP nomination. The $25-billion deal included around 1,000 AM and FM stations, as well as dozens of televisions stations that were later sold off.

Clear Channel subsidiary Premiere Radio Networks — the largest radio syndication service in America with talk-show hosts including Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, and Sean Hannity — was also part of the package. According to the company’s website, its radio programs reach nearly two-thirds of the American people each week through some 5,000 radio affiliations.

The economic disaster has apparently left a lot of formerly wealthy Rinos like fraux conservative radio hosts very susceptible to Romney's 30 pieces of silver. So they are cashing in for their 30 pieces of Romney’s silver and selling out to trash Newt!:

Mitt is the poster boy for Crony Capitalism!


20 posted on 01/30/2012 1:43:28 PM PST by Grampa Dave (ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION IS DESTROYING AMERICA-LOOK AT WHAT IT DID TO THE WHITE HOUSE!)
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These are the same talking points that Howard Stern used in 2004 when he claimed that Bush was after him, and that’s why he was kicked off of Clear Channel stations.


21 posted on 01/30/2012 1:44:30 PM PST by Politics4US
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To: maggief; All

Interesting ...

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Bain gives more campaign money to Democrats than it does to Republicans
By Alexander Bolton - 01/19/12 05:30 AM ET

Excerpt:

Democrats have accepted more political donations than Republicans from executives at Bain Capital, complicating the left’s plan to attack Mitt Romney for his record at the private-equity firm.

During the last three election cycles, Bain employees have given Democratic candidates and party committees more than $1.2 million. The vast majority of that sum came from senior executives.

Republican candidates and party committees raised over $480,000 from senior Bain executives during that time period.

http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/205025-dems-receive-more-bain-dollars-than-gop

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Excerpt:

Yet, there is another version of the Bain way that I experienced personally during my 17 years as a deal-adviser on Wall Street: Seemingly alone among private-equity firms, Romney’s Bain Capital was a master at bait-and-switching Wall Street bankers to get its hands on the companies that provided the raw material for its financial alchemy.

Other private-equity firms I worked with extensively over the years — Forstmann Little, KKR, TPG and the Carlyle Group, among them — never dared attempt the audacious strategy that Bain partners employed with great alacrity and little shame. Call it the real Bain way.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/when-romney-ran-bain-capital-his-word-was-not-his-bond/2012/01/12/gIQACvQxwP_story.html


22 posted on 01/30/2012 1:49:02 PM PST by STARWISE (The overlords are in place .. we are a nation under siege .. pray, go Galt & hunker down)
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To: Tramonto
Just plain stupid. You talk like some one who fell out of a tree.

No, they don't "work to balance" anything but the truth. Just because they defend Romney from errant attacks like Newt's Bain attacks--which were pure anti-capitalism, doesn't imply anything, but that they are dedicated to conservatism and telling the truth--which some self-proclaimed "conservatives" I can think of aren't.

Rush is the single biggest source of income Clear Channel has. They don't move him, he moves them. Without Rush's show, Clear Channel would be just a very unimportant radio network with 1/4 the listeners they have now. Same with the others.

It's funny to assert that Rush is somehow worried about whatever Bain Capital tells him to do--it's even funnier for anyone to believe that they could tell Levin what to say. Anyone who tried that would be in for one hell of a ride.
23 posted on 01/30/2012 1:49:02 PM PST by Sudetenland (Anybody but Obama!!!!)
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To: magritte

It’s just amazing to me that people buy into this crap about Rush.


24 posted on 01/30/2012 1:49:18 PM PST by FresnoRobert (When born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life so that when you die, it's reversed.)
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To: Sudetenland

Or a mama whose child worked for CLear Channel once. LOL


25 posted on 01/30/2012 1:52:16 PM PST by hoosiermama (Stand with God: Newt, Rick and Sarah will be right next to you.)
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To: HANG THE EXPENSE

Our local guy, along with many others were dumped by clear channel in a cost cutting move a few months ago.


26 posted on 01/30/2012 1:59:56 PM PST by Paraclete
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To: FresnoRobert
"It’s just amazing to me that people buy into this crap about Rush."

I have to agree with you. This thread is one of the biggest steaming piles I ever saw on FR!

27 posted on 01/30/2012 2:02:10 PM PST by OSHA (One despises and wants to destroy the United States, the other is a dead terrorist.)
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To: FresnoRobert

It’s that same black helicopter, Illuminati stuff you see sometimes floating around on the internet. Giant corporations running the planet and the like. Nutty.


28 posted on 01/30/2012 2:05:15 PM PST by magritte (Nevermind)
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To: STARWISE
Not much difference between the Romney machine and King Obama machine. Both will end up with the same objectives.
29 posted on 01/30/2012 2:14:00 PM PST by Logical me
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To: STARWISE

Pure idiocy.

The left thinks Clear Channel is the reason there are no liberal talk radio stations...it’s a plot donchaknow...


30 posted on 01/30/2012 2:15:27 PM PST by Tex-Con-Man (T. Coddington Van Voorhees VII 2012 - "Together, I Shall Ride You To Victory")
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To: STARWISE

Again? Obamaville premature disclosure. This would be a great topic for the Dems if the Romney the RINO won. I will be hoping for and working for Newt in the interim, but we must be mindful that half truths spread faster than Jane Fonda’s knees.
This is cute, but every one of those hosts named has alluded to the financial relationship Clear Channel and others have had or still have with Bain Capital. Bain’s current relationship to Mittens isn’t quite as clear. The news here is that somebody is trying to hurt the credibility of talk radio. No matter who they back or don’t.


31 posted on 01/30/2012 2:23:35 PM PST by Steamburg (The contents of your wallet is the only language Politicians understand.)
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To: STARWISE
People who carry Mitt's water for free have only themselves to blame.

Mr. niteowl77

32 posted on 01/30/2012 2:27:11 PM PST by niteowl77 (Mitt Romney: the horse the GOP intends to ride into the abyss. Or is it the other way around?)
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To: Constitutionalist Conservative

Today, he did everything but give his endorsement to Gingrich.

(It is his show’s policy not to endorse primary candidates)


33 posted on 01/30/2012 2:31:23 PM PST by Scanian
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To: Calif4Palin

How could anybody prove it one way or another?


34 posted on 01/30/2012 2:33:30 PM PST by Scanian
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To: STARWISE

Thanks for the heads up ..I respect Mark Levin but don’t get him.


35 posted on 01/30/2012 2:37:32 PM PST by victim soul
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To: STARWISE
“If you have been wondering why so many conservative talk show hosts are being so incredibly kind to Mitt Romney, this just might be the answer,” explained a popular blogger commenting on the Bain Capital-Clear Channel connection, saying it was improper for one of the Republican front-runners to have such an overwhelming financial stake in talk radio. “In the media world, there is a clear understanding that you simply do not bite the hand that feeds you…. If you were making tens of millions of dollars a year, wouldn't you be very careful to avoid offending your boss?”

Complete and utter BS and written by a blogging idiot who has not listened to Rush, Sean, and Mark Levin. Rush, Sean, and Mark Levin are not being "fed" by Bain. Bain, as a minority owner in the broadcasting company, is being fed by the advertisers who promote their products on Rush, Sean, Mark, and the other hosts' shows. The minority owner of Clear Channel, Bain, is not the "boss" of any of the radio hosts. To the degree that it weakens their product (were it even able to), it weakens its income from advertising revenues.
36 posted on 01/30/2012 2:39:12 PM PST by aruanan
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To: EdReform

If Romney ends up being the nominee and Limbaugh and Hannity spend their time trying to rally conservatives behind him, I will absolutely not be listening.


37 posted on 01/30/2012 2:41:08 PM PST by Kazan (Mitt Romney: The greater of two evils)
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To: HANG THE EXPENSE
And all the local radio stations that carry rush and hannity.Ever wonder why the local guy you have listened to in the morning ,whom you thought was conservative, will not bash romney?He just might be getting his paycheck indirectly from bain capitol.

And you just might be saying something that is complete crap and no more accurate than your spelling and punctuation. Factually, you're just completely out of touch with reality. I wonder why people such as yourself troll with such crap on F.R..
38 posted on 01/30/2012 2:43:33 PM PST by aruanan
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To: OSHA; onyx; penelopesire; maggief; hoosiermama; SE Mom; Liz; rodguy911; Fred Nerks; Red Steel; ...

Romney still making millions from Bain: report
WASHINGTON | Mon Dec 19, 2011 5:13am EST

*excerpt*

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican White House hopeful Mitt Romney receives millions of dollars a year in a retirement agreement with Bain Capital, nearly 13 years after he left the private equity firm he helped start, the New York Times said on Monday.

In the final deal of his private equity career, Romney negotiated an agreement with his former partners that has paid him a share of Bain’s profits ever since, bringing his family millions in income each year and bolstering the fortune that has helped finance his political aspirations, the paper said.

http://stocktamer.com/romney-still-making-millions-from-bain-report/

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JUST FOOD FOR THOUGHT:

THOUSANDS OF NATIONAL AND LOCAL STATIONS, OWNED BY DOCUMENTED *LIBERAL-LED BAIN CAPITAL WHICH OWNS PRIVATE COMPANY: CLEAR CHANNEL COMMUNICATIONS

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*Reference excerpt:

*Democratic campaign strategists are preparing to slap former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney for his past work at Bain Capital, even though most of his former colleagues at the firm are Democratic donors and partisans.

Bain’s leftward tilt was highlighted in May when two of its leading partners announced they had hired Kevin Jennings, a controversial Department of Education political appointee, to run a Boston-based charity called Be the Change Inc.

That organization “creates national issue-based campaigns by organizing coalitions of non-profits, social entrepreneurs, policymakers, private sector and civic leaders, academics, and citizens,” according to its website.

Social conservatives have been critical of Jennings for his strident advocacy against traditional sexual norms. In 1990 he founded the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network to win government support and public approval of teen homosexuality. President Barack Obama appointed him in 2009 to the Department of of Education’s school-safety office, where he pushed for increased government intervention in high schools to aid gay and lesbian teenagers.

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2011/08/09/romney-attacked-for-work-at-bain-capital-while-democratic-leaning-bain-execs-are-spared/#ixzz1kz33hCip
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Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2011/08/09/romney-attacked-for-work-at-bain-capital-while-democratic-leaning-bain-execs-are-spared/#ixzz1kz1sIuu3**

THOUSANDS OF RADIO SMALL & LARGE MARKET HOSTS, COMMENTING, 24/7

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CLEAR CHANNEL COMMUNICATIONS

*SNIP*

Vertical Real Estate

In 2003, Clear Channel created the Vertical Real Estate division and hired Scott Quitadamo to promote its tower portfolio.

Clear Channel owns and operates approximately 1,500 broadcast transmission towers across the US. many of which are available for co-location by third parties such as cellular and PCS companies, wireless internet, fixed wireless, and other broadcasters.
[edit] Corporate governance

Current members of the board of directors of Clear Channel Communications are: Alan Feld, Perry Lewis, Lowry Mays, B.J.(Red) McCombs, Phyllis Riggins, Theodore Strauss, J.C. Watts, and John H. Williams.

Tom Hicks and Vernon Jordan were formerly members of Clear Channel’s board of directors. Jordan was a close friend and advisor to President Bill Clinton and was accused of lying to investigators during the investigations into perjury and obstruction of justice charges against Clinton.

Hicks, Clear Channel’s former vice-chairman, is a past donor to George W. Bush’s political campaigns and a close associate of the Bush family. Hicks is the founder of Hicks, Muse, Tate & Furst, the private-equity firm which funded many of Clear Channel’s antecedent companies, including most significantly CapStar, Chancellor Media and AM-FM, Inc..

*snip*

Programming on Clear Channel radio stations

Clear Channel operates the country’s largest syndication service, Premiere Radio Networks. In addition, Clear Channel syndicates a number of its homegrown talk and music shows without the aid of Premiere.

While Premiere actively sells its shows to stations, the non-Premiere syndicated shows are often used as a cost-cutting measure and do not have a large sales staff. Those shows also do not carry network-wide advertising (unless distributed by a third party), and allow the affiliates to keep all local spots, which increases their appeal.

These networks carry many program hosts of various political ideologies and distribute a variety of programs to both Clear Channel-owned and non-Clear Channel-owned stations.

Main article: Premiere Radio Networks
Main article: List of shows syndicated by Clear Channel

In addition to its own syndication network, Clear Channel offers studio space and other services to the WestStar TalkRadio Network, which is based at Clear Channel’s studios in Phoenix, Arizona. As a result, many WestStar programs are heard on Clear Channel stations.

Not all programming heard on Clear Channel’s radio stations are produced in house; however, most of Clear Channel’s stations share many similarities to each other in branding and programming.

[edit] Format Lab and HD2 Formats
Main article: Format Lab

The Format Lab is a think tank run by Clear Channel that produces over eighty channels of programming, varying from mainstream formats to the highly experimental. These channels are heard on most of Clear Channel’s HD Radio subchannels on its stations across the country in a commercial-free format.

Only a few Clear Channel stations (such as KGB-FM and KLOU) produce locally originated HD2 channels, usually tape loops of programming heard on their regular channel.

[edit] iheartradio
Main article: iheartradio

iheartradio is a interactive media social networking platform outlet to aggregate local radio brands, personalities and on-demand content including photos, videos and more.

[edit] Urban, urban AC and rhythmic stations

Stations that carry programming catering to black Americans are a big part of many Clear Channel clusters, particularly Philadelphia, Chicago, and Detroit. In many clusters Clear Channel has two or more such stations.

About half the Urban stations focus on Rap and Hip Hop along with younger R & B sounds. The other half blend some younger R & B along with some Soul from the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s along with some current product. Some of the Hip Hop based Urban stations report as Rhythmic Top 40 stations rather than Urban stations because these stations also have some appeal to white and Hispanic listeners.

In a cluster with multiple urban stations owned by Clear Channel, one is focused on Rap while the other is focused on Soul. Examples include Philadelphia, with WUSL’s focus on hip hop while WDAS-FM focuses on Soul (in addition, the company also owns a rhythmic AC station in that area, which is WISX 106.1), and Chicago, where WGCI-FM focuses on rap while WVAZ is focused on Soul.

Clear Channel urban, urban AC or rhythmic stations are branded as “Beat” (KTBT Tulsa, WBTP Tampa & WIBT Charlotte) or “Power” (WWPR New York City, WUSL Philadelphia & WPHR Syracuse). But for San Francisco, Clear Channel owns more urban-related stations such as rhythmic top 40 KYLD, urban oldies KISQ and urban contemporary KMEL in that area, and the same happened in Detroit, where the company also owns urban AC WMXD, urban contemporary WJLB and rhythmic AC WDTW-FM.

For rhythmic AC stations, they used to have the “Party” branding (particularly during the time when most used Wake Up With Whoopi as their morning show), but the two “Party” stations in Denver (KPTT) and Las Vegas (KPLV) have since exited the rhythmic AC format.

KPTT and KPLV moved to top 40, but continue to use the “Party” branding. All Clear Channel rhythmic AC stations are now differently branded per station.

[edit] News talk stations

News talk stations owned by Clear Channel usually have a standard slate of hosts. The morning show is usually local, with other timeslots filled by local and syndicated hosts. Programs that appear on many Clear Channel talk stations include the Glenn Beck Program — getting his talk show start at Clear Channel owned WFLA (AM) in Tampa, The Rush Limbaugh Show, The Sean Hannity Show, America Now with Andy Dean and Coast to Coast AM, all of which are affiliated with Premiere Radio Networks in some fashion.

The Savage Nation (which was until September 2009 flagshipped at Clear Channel’s KNEW-910), The Mark Levin Show and The Dave Ramsey Show are non-Premiere shows who air on many (if not most) Clear Channel stations.

Limbaugh is almost universally carried on Clear Channel stations in markets where the company has a news talk station, with the exception of markets such as Washington, DC and San Francisco, CA, where ABC Radio (which previously was Limbaugh’s home network) has a news talk station in the market. New Clear Channel talk radio stations have typically been using the branding “Rush Radio,” while most older ones use a more generic “News Radio” or “News Talk.”

While most of Clear Channel’s news/talk stations carry some combination of Beck, Limbaugh, Hannity, Savage and Noory (of Coast to Coast AM), this is not always the case. Many stations (particularly in the larger markets) like KFI, KFYI, KOA, WZZR and WLW broadcast a lineup with significant local programming.

Clear Channel does not operate any all-news radio stations. For a brief time in the late 2000s, KFXR in Dallas ran a direct feed of HLN under the on-air name CNN 1190, but KFXR dropped that format in 2009.

Almost all of Clear Channel’s primary talk stations are affiliated with Fox News Radio for national news, part of a multi-year deal between Clear Channel and Fox.

Liberal talk radio is heard on a few of Clear Channel’s stations, primarily secondary to its main news talk stations, and usually feature at least one local host with Dial Global programming; Air America Radio also aired on these stations.

Clear Channel has shown a tendency to drop liberal talk affiliations whenever possible and replace it with satellite Fox Sports talk (see, for instance, WCKY, WARF, KLSD, WXKS [which currently runs the Clear Channel conservative talk format instead], and WINZ); this has, in a few rare circumstances, caused protests, such as those involved when Clear Channel wanted to make the same move with WXXM in Madison, Wisconsin (WXXM was eventually allowed to keep its liberal format).

As of 2011, Clear Channel has been installing FM talk stations in San Diego, California on KUSS 95.7 (which became KOGO-FM after simulcasting KOGO-AM, replacing country music), Sacramento, California on KGBY 92.5 (which became KFBK-FM after simulcasting KFBK-AM, replacing hot adult contemporary) & in Tucson, Arizona on KTZR-FM (which became KNST-FM after simulcasting KNST-AM, replacing Spanish top 40).

[edit] Sports talk stations

Most sports talk stations owned by Clear Channel are affiliated with Fox Sports Radio and carry The Jim Rome Show; Fox Sports Radio has recently picked up The Dan Patrick Show. They are usually branded either Fox Sports or The Sports Animal.

[edit] Adult Standards

Most of Clear Channel’s adult standards stations are turnkey operations, running a direct feed of a satellite format such as Dial Global’s America’s Best Music or Music of Your Life. Most of these stations have no local jocks or Web sites.

[edit] Adult Contemporary

Clear Channel’s adult contemporary stations are often branded as “Lite FM” (i.e. WLIT in Chicago, WLTW in New York, or WLYT-FM in Charlotte) or “Sunny”, although some stations use “Magic,” “Star” or something else similar as their identifiers.

Evenings are usually filled with Delilah, unless that show is already aired by another station, in which case the John Tesh Radio Show is often substituted. Automated programming is the next option for the 7PM- 12 AM timeslot. Your Weekend with Jim Brickman and the in-house American Top 40 the 1970s (or 1980s) with Casey Kasem are popular weekend syndicated programs on Clear Channel stations.

Most AC stations air Christmas music from the last week of November to Christmas Day. Some AC Clear Channel stations are almost famous for playing Christmas music as early as November 1 such as KOSY-FM in Salt Lake City or WLYT-FM playing its first Christmas song of the season 2–3 weeks before Thanksgiving. 2/3 of CC stations that play Adult Contemporary air Christmas formats.

Hot adult contemporary stations are usually branded as “Mix,” even though a Cleveland radio station (WMVX) branded as “Mix” carried an AC format instead. As of January 3, 2011, that station is now known as 106.5 The Lake (format similar to Jack FM. Some Hot AC stations lean modern rock while others lean toward adult rock. Other Hot AC stations have other brandings such as “Wild 105.7 and 96.7” on WWVA-FM.

[edit] Contemporary hit radio

Clear Channel’s CHR stations are usually branded as KISS FM (e.g., KIIS Los Angeles, KBKS Seattle, WAKS Cleveland, WFKS Melbourne), Z (e.g., WHTZ New York, KKRZ Portland, WZFT Baltimore), Wild (e.g., WLDI West Palm Beach, KYLD San Francisco), Channel (e.g., WKQI Detroit, WHQC Charlotte), or Hot (e.g., WIHT in Washington, DC). Also other CHRs are branded as “Hit Music Now” such as WMKS Greensboro, NC or as “Radio Now” such as (WRNW Milwaukee, WNWW Jacksonville, KWNW Crawford-Memphis, AR/TN, WNRW Louisville). Q: (WIOQ-Philadelphia-102.1 FM-Q102), B (B 104 Allentown-Reading PA 104.1 FM), FM: (FM 97 96.9 FM Lancaster-Reading), Variety: (Variety 97.7/99.7 Williamsport, Lock Haven, PA), Max: (Max 106.3 Sussex), KC: (KC 101, 101.3 FM, Hamden-New Haven,CT-Long Island,NY)

Some have other branding, however, if the name to the format is owned by another company.

There are syndicated morning shows, Such as Florida’s MJ Morning Show), especially in smaller markets, Elvis Duran Morning Show based out of WHTZ’s New Jersey/New York’s Z100, JohnJay & Rich based out of KZZP Phoenix, AZ, or Matty In The Morning based out of WXKS-FM Boston, Kidd Kraddick In The Morning based out of KHKS in Dallas/Fort Worth. Middays (on the East Coast) on CHR stations have On Air with Ryan Seacrest.

On weekends, syndicated programming airs on the format such as FOX All-Access, Open House Party, American Top 40 with Ryan Seacrest, Backtrax USA: the 90s with Kidd Kelly, Dawson McAllister Live, and (aired on a few stations in small markets) Rick Dees’ Weekly Top 40.
[edit] Country music

Country music stations owned by Clear Channel usually carry Blair Garner in overnights (and occasionally evenings), and many (although not all) carry Big D and Bubba in morning drive. The Bull or K-bull is the most used branding for country music outlets.

[edit] Oldies and Classic Hits

Clear Channel’s Oldies station consists largely of FM stations with some AM stations. Clear Channel uses brands such as “Big” and “Kool” on many of its stations. Nearly all of the FM stations play oldies spanning from 1964 to 1975, with a 500 song active playlist split nearly half 1960s and half 1970s. The playlist also includes approximately a dozen pre 1964 tracks and around 50 songs from the late 1970s and early 1980s.

These stations generally have a few local live announcers; much of the time these stations are voicetracked either locally or from another market. Most run syndicated programming on weekends, such as Dick Bartley or Mike Harvey on Saturday nights, Steve Goddard’s programs (Goddard’s Gold and/or The 70s), and recently, Casey Kasem’s American Top 40: The 70s.

A handful of Clear Channel’s outlets have picked up syndicated weeknight fare, such as Mike Harvey, Marty Thompson or Tom Kent.

The AM oldies stations’ playlists skew somewhat older and span from 1955 to about 1975. About 60 percent of the time they play 1964 to 1969 oldies, 20 percent pre 1964 oldies, and 20 percent music from the 1970s. Some of these also run Dick Bartley or Mike Harvey on Saturday nights.

Some of the AM stations also run adult standards several hours on the weekend as well as limited specialized programming focusing on the pre 1964 era. Most of the AM stations are in smaller markets.

[edit] Rock

These stations tend to play a blend of new rock and harder classic rock. Some carry Nights with Alice Cooper in the evenings. These stations tend to be live during the day and voicetracked at night. Some stations run Rockline with Bob Coburn and/or Little Steven’s Underground Garage as well.

While Clear Channel classic rock stations operate under a wide variety of monikers, many are branded as “The Fox”. Often, these stations will carry Bob and Tom in morning drive. In the Southern United States, John Boy and Billy is carried instead in most cases.

(Both of the aforementioned shows are syndicated by Premiere.) Starting with WQBW Milwaukee (which has since switched to another format) and WBWR Columbus, several Clear Channel stations have adopted an 80’s-centered classic rock approach called “The Brew.”

[edit] Spanish

In a few markets Clear Channel has an FM station carrying Hispanic programming full-time. In some markets the format is a Contemporary Tropical format while in others the format carried is more of a Mexican format. In a few markets a Clear Channel FM station carries a rap based Spanish format known as Hurban, which blends Spanish dance music with R & B hits as well as some Hip Hop. The division is run by Spanish radio executive Alfredo Alonso, who joined Clear Channel in September 2004 as Senior Vice President Hispanic Radio.[25]

[edit] Religious

In a few markets, Clear Channel has a religious station on the AM band. Some of these sell blocks of time to outside organizations and have no local shows at all except where local churches buy time. These are formatted similarly to Salem Media stations.

The other type of religious format Clear Channel uses in a few markets is a Gospel music based format. On these stations Gospel Music appealing to black Americans airs most of the time along with some block programming sold to religious groups. These stations are often programmed as urban stations that happen to be religious.
[edit] Clear Channel syndicated programs

See List of shows syndicated by Clear Channel

[edit] Clear Channel Sale

On Friday, November 17, 2006, Clear Channel announced that it was going private and selling off almost one-third of its radio assets, according to The Washington Post and DHM. The buyers, led by Bain Capital Partners and Thomas H. Lee Partners, agreed to pay $26.7 billion for the company.

In a separate transaction also announced on November 16, 2006, Clear Channel said it would seek buyers for all of its television stations and 539 of its smaller radio stations, presumably because the private-equity buyers are not interested in owning television or small-market radio. Over a hundred stations have already been assigned to Aloha Station Trust, LLC upon the consummation of the merger. The television stations were ultimately sold to Newport Television.

On September 25, 2007, the shareholders approved of the buyout, allowing Clear Channel to proceed with being taken private, ending 35 years as a public company.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clear_Channel_Communications#News_talk_stations


39 posted on 01/30/2012 2:48:42 PM PST by STARWISE (The overlords are in place .. we are a nation under siege .. pray, go Galt & hunker down)
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To: victim soul

You can always catch him online.

http://marklevinshow.com/sectional.asp?id=32930

See the list below of previous shows .. simple to just play.


40 posted on 01/30/2012 2:53:52 PM PST by STARWISE (The overlords are in place .. we are a nation under siege .. pray, go Galt & hunker down)
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To: All
Mitt Romney's real record in Massachusetts
Looks can be deceiving. No Romney, No Way!

GO NEWT!
GO FREE REPUBLIC!!!

41 posted on 01/30/2012 3:00:29 PM PST by RedMDer (Forward With Confidence!)
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To: Tramonto

I seriously doubt it.


42 posted on 01/30/2012 3:01:29 PM PST by Catsrus
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To: EdReform

SO WHAT?

Anyway, Rush don’t pick candidates. He picks on them all, equally.


43 posted on 01/30/2012 3:08:46 PM PST by TribalPrincess2U (NOT VOTING gets 0bamao re-elected. Lets Newter the RINOS, then the Blank.)
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To: STARWISE

Holy crap. No wonder the media is so far up Romneys wazoo.


44 posted on 01/30/2012 3:11:32 PM PST by Danae (Anailnathrach ortha bhais beatha do cheal deanaimha)
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To: Catsrus

I heard Rush make a reference to Bain Capital and Clear Channel, but, no way are any of the conservative talk show hosts in the tank for Romney. Consider the source.
_________________________________________________________

Romney is essentially Limbaugh’s business partner, that is the source of the outrage when he is attacked by conservative candidates.

Limbaugh’s business partner is more important that his supposed principles. Same with the rest of them. There is a lesson here for conservatives about their media ‘heros’.


45 posted on 01/30/2012 3:13:22 PM PST by Leto (Damn shame Sarah didn't run the Presidency was there for the taking)
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To: aruanan

Whats it like to be a romroid?Have a real nice day now.


46 posted on 01/30/2012 3:39:05 PM PST by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life is tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
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To: STARWISE; Jim Robinson; kristinn; LucyT; onyx; Nachum; hoosiermama; null and void

Reality politics, reality TV, reality books, reality radio ... reality media?

Follower$ duped??? Drudge, Coulter, Limbaugh, Ingrahams, Hannity, etc., reality media?!

IMHO, we’ve been FReepin’ played for pay!!

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$400-MILLION MOUTH - CLEAR CHANNEL GIVES LIMBAUGH RECORD-SETTING DEAL
New York Post (NY) - Thursday, July 3, 2008
Author: BRIAN GARRITY
Clear Channel ‘s Premiere Radio Networks is giving talk radio powerhouse Rush Limbaugh mega-dollars in a new multi-year contract extension worth a reported $400 million.

The pact, a record setter for terrestrial radio, is said to be an eight-year agreement for $38 million a year, plus a signing bonus of a whopping $100 million.

Premiere declined to comment on the numbers.

The new deal replaces an existing pact signed in 2001 worth $285 million that was set to expire next year.

For the broadcast business, which is facing a tough advertising environment and mounting competition from iPods, the Internet and satellite radio, the Limbaugh agreement answers the five-year, $500 million monster pact that Howard Stern signed to go to Sirius Satellite Radio in 2004.

Limbaugh , who will be on the air 20 years next month, attracts one of the most formidable audiences in the industry, with almost 20 million listeners.

Clear Channel CEO John Hogan called Limbaugh , whose conservative talk show is syndicated on 600 radio stations nationwide, a “once in a lifetime” broadcaster.

“He has an unmatched platform of station affiliates,” Premiere President Charlie Rahilly told The Post. “From an audience standpoint, no national talent reaches the kind of numbers he reaches, and over the last few years, in terms of sponsors, Rush has really figured out a way to sell people’s products like crazy.”

Rahilly likened the deal to a so-called “360”-style agreement, due to the multi-rights aspect of the agreement. The company will share in the profits from Limbaugh ‘s daily radio show; from “The Rush Limbaugh Morning Update,” a syndicated 90-second commentary that airs weekdays; “The Limbaugh Letter,” a monthly newsletter with over 300,000 subscribers; and rushlimbaugh.com, which includes Rush247.com, a subscription service.

(snip)


47 posted on 01/30/2012 3:42:48 PM PST by maggief
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To: EdReform

Romney no longer works for Bain Capital. He may own stock, but he doesn’t run the company any longer.

As the poster said, consider the source.


48 posted on 01/30/2012 3:52:53 PM PST by madison10
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To: maggief

“He who eats my bread, sings my song.” Harry Cohn, Columbia Pictures


49 posted on 01/30/2012 4:08:38 PM PST by null and void (Day 1104 of America's ObamaVacation from reality [Heroes aren't made, Frank, they're cornered...])
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To: Grampa Dave; EdReform; Jim Robinson; Vendome; onyx; Brad's Gramma; humblegunner; NormsRevenge; ...

Absolutely, sir. Cui prodest, and more.

The Tea party and its fellow travelers, being the new age silent majority, is about to shake the entrenched establishment’s world as they know it, and they’re running scared. They are prepared to go to any length to prevent reform, and it is time to shine light on these roaches and force a reckoning, before no reckoning is possible - a point we rapidly approach.

This election is for all the marbles. This election is for the heart and soul of the representative republic our founders, through Providence, gifted us with.

We are at the end game, and we the people, the sovereigns, for our sake, the sake of our progeny, and that of the modern civilized world, must cherish, must defend, and must ensure the very existence of our republic, to our last breath.

Failure is not an option. This republic must prevail, or a darkness we cannot imagine will envelop us, the likes of which and from which we will not awaken for a thousand years, if then.


50 posted on 01/30/2012 4:16:39 PM PST by glock rocks (I didn't leave the Republican party, it left me.)
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