Ann Jacobs, a lawyer working with election protection group 866-OUR VOTE told The UpTake that these billboards are part of a greater attempt to intimidate voters that has been escalating over the past few years.
But it’s not the message that got the billboards pulled down. It’s the anonymity of a “private family foundation” which sponsored the billboard that ultimately caused Clear Channel Outdoor to pull the plug.
“These billboards violate our policy of not accepting anonymous political ads.” said a written statement from Jim Cullinan, Vice President of Corporate Communications for Clear Channel Outdoor.
Similar billboards have been put up in previous election years by a “private family foundation” that refused to identify itself.
Clear Channel Outdoor says as space permits messages that say “Skip the election day line – vote early,” will start going up on digital bulletins, digital posters and transit shelter totems.