The Seamy Side Of The Billboard Industry

The LA Times investigates the shady side of Regency Outdoor Advertising, a Hollywood-based billboard company. Among the charges are bribery, smear campaigns, building without permits, intimidation and poisoning trees.

"Kennedy and his brother, Drake, co-own Regency Outdoor Advertising, the largest family-owned billboard company in Southern California, worth an estimated half a billion dollars.... Regency's inventory of 500 sign faces is seen by some as the most valuable, sign for sign, in Southern California.

The brothers have bulled their way to success, letting little stand in their way. They have donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to causes of politicians who control where signs can be placed. They have filed lawsuit after lawsuit asserting 1st Amendment rights to bombard motorists with slogans."

Full Story: Big Sign Firm Accused of Corruption

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