I was driving down the road yesterday when I noticed what seemed like a name tag on one of the Stingray Sushi Mayor signs popping up all over town. I drove another couple hundred yards and noticed another white label and decided to stop.
Looks like a new disclaimer has been added to each sign which reads: “Not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s campaign committee.”
And all of this is legal, organized as an LLC with the Arizona Corporation Commission. So, did the Citizens United US Supreme Court decision make it legal for these signs to be printed under the independent expenditure clause?
Tough to say as this is new territory. But Arizona Revised Statutes clearly state:
F. Any literature or advertisement that is purchased with monies from a corporation, limited liability company or labor organization making an independent expenditure in an attempt to influence the outcome of a candidate election shall disclose the name of the corporation, limited liability company or labor organization making the expenditure. Any disclosure statement required by this section shall be printed clearly and legibly in a conspicuous manner. If the communication is broadcast on radio, the information shall be spoken at the end of the communication. If the communication is broadcast on a telecommunications system, the information shall be both written and spoken at the end of the communication, except that if the disclosure statement is written for at least five seconds of a thirty second advertisement broadcast or ten seconds of a sixty second advertisement broadcast, a spoken disclosure statement is not required. If the communication is broadcast on a telecommunications system, the written disclosure statement shall be printed in letters equal to or larger than four per cent of the vertical picture height. The literature or advertisement shall include the words “paid for by” in the disclosure followed by the name of the entity making the expenditure and shall also state that it is not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s campaign committee.
Love it or hate it, the Stingray ads are garnering local attention. Since I posted my original story on the Stingray ad sign campaign approximately two weeks ago, I receive no less than 50 hits a day from people specifically searching for terms associated with these
campaign food ads.
Back in 2010, ABC15 ran this story on the Stingray Sushi political campaign effort: