Civilians Who Run Full-Page Ads in the New York Times (Benjamin Franklin Edition)

The hardworking staff’s long-running series has featured everyone from John Lennon-loving Yoko Ono to Broadway-loving Carole L. Haber.

But this one’s a first.

Yesterday’s full-page New York Times ad comes from none other than Ben Franklin.

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Close up:

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The man behind the quintessential American man is one Tom Blair, who describes himself thusly:

Tom came to this country as a young child after his dad was killed during the Normandy Invasion a couple of weeks before he was born. Tom borrowed to start his first company, and, through hard work and good fortune, has been extremely successful in a number of enterprises. Unlike Donald Trump, he never used bankruptcy to stave off his creditors. His most recent company was sold for $4.8 billion.

Blair is also author of Poorer Richard’s America: What Would Ben Say?

Not sure he would say “spend six figures for a full-page ad in the Times that up to 620,000 readers will ignore,” but why get technical about it.

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4 Responses to Civilians Who Run Full-Page Ads in the New York Times (Benjamin Franklin Edition)

  1. Curmudgeon says:

    Your need to offer a correction, John.

    The number is 629,999.

    After all, you headlined it in one of your pieces, so you hardly qualify as ignoring it.

    But hey, a fool gets to spend his money as he wishes, does he not? It’s not as if he’s like Hillary Clinton spending other people’s money to promote herself.

  2. Campaign Outsider says:

    Really, Mudge – 629,999 for a NYT full-page ad? Can’t remember ever pegging it that high.

  3. Curmudgeon says:

    I’ll give you a 20% discount for cash in small, unmarked bills, John.

  4. Pingback: Civilians Who Run Full-Page Ads in the New York Times (DumpTrumper Josh Tetrick Edition) | Campaign Outsider

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