Buyer Of Voter Billboards Outed, Calls Them Public Service Effort

Billboards like this one on W. Broad St. in Columbus were up for only a few days before Clear Channel Outdoor said they violated the company's policy against anonymous political messages.(Photo: Mandie Trimble, WOSU News)
Billboards like this one on W. Broad St. in Columbus were up for only a few days before Clear Channel Outdoor said they violated the company's policy against anonymous political messages.(Photo: Mandie Trimble, WOSU News)

The anonymous buyers of a controversial series of “voter fraud” billboards in Ohio and Wisconsin have been identified.

Milwaukee resident Stephen Einhorn is Principal of Capital Midwest Fund, president of Einhorn Associates, and serves on the Milwaukee Art Museum’s board. He also gave $25,000 to Freedomworks for America, a conservative Political Action Committee that’s endorsed candidates such as Indiana Senatorial hopeful Richard Mourduck and Ohio state treasurer Josh Mandel.

His wife, Nancy Einhorn, serves on the board of the Milwaukee Ballet and recently gave more than $30,000 to the RNC. She’s also given over $3,000 to a couple Tea Party-backed House members in Wisconsin.

An African-American news organization, TheGrio, and an activist group, One Wisconsin Now, say they did a joint investigation to uncover the Einhorns. The couple bought 175 billboards in battleground states Ohio and Wisconsin, which were placed in largely poor, African-American neighborhoods with the phrase, “Voter Fraud is a felony” and a giant gavel.

In a statement, the Einhorns say they placed the billboards as a public service, as voter fraud undermines the democratic process. But many African-American leaders and ex-felon advocates liken it to Jim Crow tactics, meant to scare and disenfranchise certain voters.

After several weeks of outcry, the billboards were all taken down. Many have been replaced with new ones, asserting that voting is a right, not a crime.

Comments
  • Caroline Inglis

    Meant to scare and disenfranchise CHEATING voters, and what is wrong with that? Voter fraud IS a crime! No one would condone cheating, would they? The only people who would feel intimidated or “disenfranchised” are the ones who might intend to perpetrate the crime of voter fraud. And don’t we, as honest Americans, want cheaters to feel intimidated and “disenfranchised” from committing crimes??? And what about the Einhorns right to put up the billboards?

  • Mark Syman

    Election cheaters are all upset that someone cares about fair elections.