Clear Channel Takes Down Voter Fraud Billboards
Clear Channel Outdoor said Monday that it was taking down billboards that advocacy groups claim were an effort to suppress voter turnout in minority neighborhoods.
The billboards in question, located in the swing states of Ohio and Wisconsin, warned that voter fraud is a felony punishable by jail time. Activists say the messages, funded anonymously, were concentrated in minority neighborhoods and were placed in order to intimidate potential voters into staying home.
Online petitions calling for the billboards’ removal garnered more than 100,000 signatures.
“In a lot of communities where they were putting these ads up, there’s already so much misinformation about voting,” said Rashad Robinson, executive director of online advocacy group ColorOfChange.org.
“In a lot of these communities, there’s not always a good relationship between law enforcement and the community, and particularly for first-time voters, you’re raising the specter that there could be some kind of interaction with law enforcement as part of the voting process.”
Read More: http://money.cnn.com/2012/10/22/news/companies/voter-fraud-billboards/