Einhorns Confirm One Wisconsin Now/theGrio Investigation: Admit Purchase of Voter Suppression Billboards

One Wisconsin Now, TheGrio Investigation Revealed Bradley Foundation-Funded Non-Profit Behind Scheme

MADISON, Wis. — One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross released the following statements regarding news late Monday that the Einhorn Family Foundation confirmed the results of a joint investigation by theGrio news service and One Wisconsin Now and admitted it was the previously-anonymous funder of voter suppression billboards purchased in 2010 and 2012 targeting communities of color.

The Einhorn Foundation received a $10,000 contribution in 2010 in the midst of the billboard campaign from Milwaukee’s Bradley Foundation. Bradley’s CEO Michael Grebe is the campaign co-chair for Gov. Scott Walker, who was on the ballot at the time of the 2010 billboard program.

“Perhaps their Chicago public relations firm could answer why the Einhorns only felt it was necessary to target legal voters in minority communities, and why they didn’t feel the need to do this ‘public service’ throughout communities across Wisconsin where a majority of the residents are white. Or put their name on it, rather than hiding behind the cowardly veil of anonymity.”

A coalition of organizations successfully pressured Clear Channel to take down the billboards that were placed throughout Milwaukee and in a number of Ohio communities.

One Wisconsin Now’s press release exposing the billboard funders can be viewed at http://onewi.org/1ZNgLeW.

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One Wisconsin Now is a statewide communications network specializing in effective earned media and online organizing to advance progressive leadership and values.