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Posted on 10/21/2012 9:32:41 PM PDT by Steelfish
Ohio Voter Fraud Billboards To Come Down, Sponsor Stays Unnamed By Kim Palmer
CLEVELAND (Reuters) - More than 140 billboards in Ohio and Wisconsin warning of the criminal consequences of voter fraud will be taken down starting on Monday after the sponsor chose to remove them rather than reveal its identity, the billboard owner said.
The billboards, which show a large judge's gavel and read "Voter Fraud is a felony - up to 3 ½ years and a $10,000 fine," went up primarily in low-income minority neighborhoods in early October, just weeks before the November 6 elections, and were immediately criticized by voter rights groups as an attempt to intimidate minority voters.
The sponsor was not identified on the billboards owned by Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings Inc. The company said this was a violation of its policy against anonymous political ads.
After discussions, the sponsor, whom Clear Channel Outdoor has called a "private family foundation" but declined to name, "thought the best solution was to take the boards down, so we are in the process of removing them," the company said in a statement.
Crews on Monday will begin taking down 30 billboards in Cleveland, 30 in Columbus and 85 in Milwaukee, Jim Cullinan, vice president of corporate communications for Clear Channel Outdoor, told Reuters. Cleveland City Councilwoman Phyllis Cleveland, one of the most vocal critics of the billboards, told Reuters on Sunday: "Needless to say I'm happy they will be taken down but I want to know who was behind this in the first place."
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These billboards should be completely inoffensive. How could anybody object to a billboard that spells out the penalties for committing a crime?
Ah...but it is if you’re getting paid a couple hundred dollars for it.
Hopefully Clear Channel will take their own sweet time taking them down...
They need to come down.
But before that can happen, there should be a full environmental impact study performed. That could take weeks or even years. Next, the contract for taking them down needs to be offered in a fair way, but with preference given to minority, woman-owned union shops. If none can be found, a search committee needs to be formed to study the problem. Also, the work must be done by a union shop, which will assure plenty of break time for all workers.