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Hissyspit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-23-10 10:56 PM
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First Corporate Campaign Ads Appear After Supreme Court's Citizens United Decision
Edited on Tue Mar-23-10 10:57 PM by Hissyspit
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/03/23/campaign-ads-s...

First Corporate Campaign Ads Appear After Supreme Court's Citizens United Decision
The Huffington Post | Michael Falcone
First Posted: 03-23-10 03:16 PM | Updated: 03-23-10 06:17 PM

A Texas company recently took out a political ad in several local newspapers, making it one of the first corporations to do so in the wake of a landmark Supreme Court ruling that lifted restrictions on corporate political spending.

The Texas Tribune reports that the company, KDR Development, paid for an ad against state Rep. Chuck Hopson, formerly a Democratic member of the state legislature who switched parties and ran in the Republican primary for re-election.

The ad headline reads: "Vote for a REAL Republican," and it challenges Hopson's Republican credentials. The sponsorship line at the bottom of the ad reads: "Political advertisement paid for by KDR Development, Inc." The ads ran in the Jacksonville Daily Progress, the Tyler Morning Telegram and the Panola Watchman, small newspaper in East Texas.

According to the Texas Tribune's Ross Ramsey:

The newspaper ads ran in Jacksonville and Tyler on the Sunday before the election and a week earlier in Panola, and they urged voters to choose anyone but Hopson. They were paid for by KDR Development Inc., a real estate company whose president, Republican Larry Durrett, lost to Hopson in 2006, when Hopson was still a Democrat. Durrett is also the president of Southern Multifoods, a Jacksonville-based company with dozens of franchised Taco Bell, KFC, Pizza Hut, A&W and Long John Silvers restaurants. The two companies are closely related, sharing addresses, officers and directors.

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xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-23-10 11:01 PM
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1. With little fan fare -- so the fall out begins.Nt
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peacebird Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-23-10 11:06 PM
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2. so we can all stop eating at Taco Bell, KFC, Pizza Hut, A&W and Long John Silvers
- upside we will be healthier too!

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Freddie Stubbs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-23-10 11:20 PM
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3. Despite being criticized by corporate paid ads, Hopson won in a landslide:
Edited on Tue Mar-23-10 11:21 PM by Freddie Stubbs
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Kingofalldems Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 08:13 AM
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4. Yeah-- what a great decision that was!
It will probably help all of us, so we should support Roberts and Company. Wow! :sarcasm: :shrug:
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