WASHINGTON – How many people are reading those “Where’s the birth certificate?” billboards around the country every day?
Millions, according to auto traffic patterns and projections provided by billboard companies.
But, now they are also reaching millions a day on the Internet.
WND launched an advertising campaign this week that has mini-billboards appearing on websites like the Drudge Report.
“We’ve raised about a dozen billboards around the country, raising lots of awareness about Barack Obama’s continuing refusal to come clean with the American people about his birth,” explained Joseph Farah, editor and chief executive officer of WND and the creator of the billboard campaign that has helped change the political culture of the country with regard to the eligibility question. “Now we’re taking the billboard campaign to the Internet – allowing many millions more to see what’s happening and giving them a chance to participate in the effort.”
Now when people contribute to the billboard campaign, some of the money will be used to buy advertising like this on the Internet, while the remainder will be allocated to purchase or renew the traditional billboards.
“Remember,” says Farah, “billboards need to be renewed every month. That is a recurring expense that we are bearing. You don’t buy billboards, you lease them. The average cost of each of our current dozen or so billboards is about $4,000 a month. We are running a deficit right now because donations are down. We need to raise about $40,000 a month just to sustain the current billboards. And this is a campaign we plan to continue right up through the 2012 presidential campaign if Obama does not release his birth certificate by then.”
The latest traditional billboard to go up is one in San Antonio at Interstate 10 and Highway 37 at the Pine Street exit.
“Where’s The Birth Certificate” billboard on Interstate 10 and Highway 37 at the Pine Street exit in San Antonio.
The national fund-raising campaign to erect many, many more billboards around the country questioning Barack Obama’s constitutional eligibility for office has collected about $120,000 so far.
Farah said the campaign was born of frustration with timid elected officials in Washington, corrupt judges around the country and a news media that show a stunning and disturbing lack of curiosity about the most basic facts of Obama’s background – especially how it relates to constitutional eligibility for the highest office in the land.
Not surprisingly, the campaign was quickly met with opposition. Just two weeks after it was launched, CBS, one of the largest media conglomerates and a leading provider of outdoor advertising, officially banned its local salesmen from accepting the “birth certificate” billboard leases from WND. No reason was ever given.
Billboard at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.
A few days later, Lamar Advertising, another billboard industry giant joined CBS.
But the campaign had already made waves. Suddenly, there were debates on Fox News over the issue of Obama’s eligibility mentioning the billboard campaign. MSNBC followed with reports – albeit sneering ones. Rush Limbaugh talked about the birth certificate issue all three hours in one of his daily shows – the largest talk-radio program in the world.
Farah’s phone has not stopped ringing since with media calls.
“Where’s the Birth Certificate?” billboard near the Santa Ana Freeway in Los Angeles
But the real fruit of the campaign, explains Farah, are the billboards themselves.
“Seeing these billboards springing up around the country is quite a phenomenon,” he says. “It has been less than six weeks since this idea was hatched and already the billboards are becoming a familiar sight.”
Farah also devised a way for everyone to get into the act – with your own car or your own yard.
WND previously launched a petition campaign that has collected nearly half a million names demanding Obama’s eligibility be verified and demonstrated publicly. That campaign continues. That list has been shared with members of the Electoral College and the chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.
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