9.9.09 USPS Glenn Beck Release.doc

For Immediate Release

September 9, 2009

Contact: Brandon Hatler -- DumpGlennBeck@gmail.com

Six New Companies, Including the USPS, Humana Pledge Not to Run Additional Ads on Fox News Channel's Glenn Beck

62 Companies Now Boycotting the Controversial Host

OAKLAND, Calif.--ColorOfChange.org today confirmed that six new companies whose ads aired recently during Fox News Channel's Glenn Beck program have pledged to not to run ads on the show going forward. The additions -- Aegon, Ashley Furniture, Humana, Luxottica Retail (retail parent of LensCrafters and Pearle Vision), United States Postal Service and Wyeth Consumer Healthcare -- bring the number of companies boycotting Glenn Beck to 62. ColorofChange.org launched its campaign against Beck last month after the Fox News Channel host called President Obama a "racist" who "has a deep-seated hatred for white people" during an appearance on Fox & Friends.

Comments from advertisers recently distancing themselves from Beck:

"The Postal Service's Advertising Department purchased a block of advertising time from FOX and FOX placed some of our ad time during this program," said Sandra Latham, a spokesperson for USPS, in an email to ColorOfChange.org. "We contacted FOX when the issue occurred several weeks ago and advised FOX to not use our allotted ads during this program."

In a phone conversation with ColorOfChange.org on Thursday, Luca Biondodillo, Senior Vice President of International Corporate Communications for Lenscrafters/Pearle Vision/Luxottica Retail, confirmed their recent drop from Glenn Beck's show. "We pulled our advertising," said Biondodillo. "We are no longer advertising on that show and we have no plans to do any more advertising on that show."

"We have ordered them not to air our ads during his [Beck's] program," said Mark Mathis, a spokesman for Humana, in a phone conversation with ColorOfChange.org on Thursday.

"Our advertisements are no longer running during The Glenn Beck Show," said Linda Mayer, Assistant Vice President of Corporate Communications at Wyeth Consumer Healthcare, in an email to ColorOfChange.org.

"Our advertising was already pulled from that particular program before you contacted me, and the last possible day any ads could have been run ([given] lead time required in the contract) was September 4," said Pat Baird, a spokesperson for Aegon, in an email to ColorOfChange.org.

In an email to ColorOfChange.org, Kendra Maggert, a spokesperson for Ashley Furniture confirmed that a statement posted on MediaMatters.org [http://mediamatters.org/blog/200908280025] was authentic and that Ashley Furniture has requested that their ads not run during the Glenn Beck show.

Last month, ColorOfChange.org called on its members to sign a petition urging companies who advertise on Glenn Beck to cut off their advertising support of his work. Over 180,000 people have signed the petition.

Previous companies who have corrected advertising errors and/or pulled their ads entirely include Airware Inc. (makers of Brez anti-snoring aids), Allergan (maker of Restasis), Ally Bank (a unit of GMAC Financial Services), Ancestry.com, Applebee's, AT&T, Bank of America, Best Buy, Blaine Labs Inc., Broadview Security, Campbell Soup Company, ConAgra, Clorox, CVS, DirecTv, Ditech, The Elations Company, Experian (creator of FreeCreditReport.com), Farmers Insurance Group, GEICO, General Mills, Johnson & Johnson (makers of Tylenol), Kraft, Lawyers.com, Lowe's, Men's Wearhouse, NutriSystem, Procter & Gamble, Progressive Insurance, RadioShack, Re-Bath, Regions Financial Corporation, Roche, Sam (Store and Move), SC Johnson, Sanofi-Aventis, Sargento, Sprint, State Farm Insurance, Traveler's Insurance, Travelocity, The UPS Store, Verizon Wireless, Vonage and Wal-Mart.

With more than 600,000 members, ColorOfChange.org is the largest African-American online political organization in the country.

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