FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 24, 2018

Contact: Elizabeth Battiste

ebattiste@martinwaymire.com

248-404-7846

 

“Foul” pro-gerrymandering ads pulled by radio stations across Michigan

 

The Voters Not Politicians Yes on Proposal 2 campaign has confirmed that 19 influential radio stations around the state have pulled a misleading ad placed by pro-gerrymandering supporters.

 

The radio spot, funded by the Michigan Freedom Fund, falsely claimed that Proposal 2 “writes a blank check” to members of the independent citizens redistricting commission created under the proposal, and that “they can spend whatever they want.” In fact, under the proposal, Commission funding would be subject to appropriation and approval by the Legislature and is subject to a veto from the Governor.

 

Stations operating under the Michigan Brownfield Network, including well-known local stations such as WSGW (Saginaw), WILS (Lansing), WAAM (Ann Arbor), and WSJM (St. Joseph/Benton Harbor) pulled the ad after receiving factual information from the Voters Not Politicians legal team. The spot also received a “foul” rating from the Bridge Truth Squad, as did a video prepared earlier in the year by the same pro-gerrymandering group, the mis-named “Protect My Vote.” Similar spots with multiple falsehoods are being run on television and online; Voters Not Politicians has also asked that they be removed by stations and from Facebook.

 

“Lies told by special interests invested in our current rigged system – the very individuals and groups who orchestrated and benefit from Michigan’s gerrymandered voting districts – are yet another attempt to mislead and confuse voters so they can maintain the status quo,” said Katie Fahey, founder and executive director of Voters Not Politicians. “Proposal 2 puts more power in the voters’ hands, making politicians accountable to us, not lobbyists or special interests. We’re confident that when voters know the facts about Proposal 2, they will vote YES on Nov. 6.”

 

The list of stations that have pulled the ad is below:

 

WAAM-AM

Ann Arbor

WKMI-AM

Kalamazoo

WMIC-AM

Sandusky

WCSY-FM

South Haven

WJSZ-FM

Ashley

WRCI-AM

Three Rivers

WLEW-AM

Bad Axe

WRCI-FMt

Three Rivers

WKYO-AM

Caro

WILS-AM

Lansing

WSGW-AM

Saginaw

WSJM-FM

Benton Harbor

WMLM-AM

St. Louis

WABJ-AM

Adrian

WKJC-FM

Tawas City

WLDN-FM

Ludington

WMPA-FM

Grand Haven

WMLQ-FM

Manistee

WBCH-AM

Hastings

   

 

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Voters Not Politicians is a nonpartisan, volunteer-driven organization dedicated to passing Proposal 2, a state constitutional amendment to end partisan gerrymandering by taking politicians and lobbyists out of the redistricting process and putting Michigan citizens in charge. Learn more at www.votersnotpoliticians.com.