Russell Simmons Furthers His “Sell-Outability”

In Culture jamming, Culture of Corruption, Economic Justice, Election 2006, Election 2008, Labor, Misc., Netroots, US Politics on September 8, 2006 at 12:19 am

What a jackass.  BigDaddyChris posted on this earlier, but here’s an update:

Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele yesterday aired a new commercial for his U.S. Senate bid featuring hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons and said he plans to barnstorm the state after Tuesday’s primary.


The 60-second TV commercial features footage from a recent fundraiser that Mr. Simmons hosted in Baltimore for Mr. Steele.  It shows Mr. Simmons onstage in a T-shirt and blue jeans, saying: “The lieutenant governor is clear on his mission. He said he wants to fight poverty and ignorance … Now I’m here to endorse him.”


Mr. Simmons is a well-known hip-hop personality who, in 2004, helped register about 4 million voters through a political action nonprofit that he helped to found. Most of the new voters were Democrats in the 18-35 demographic.   Mr. Simmons surprised many in the black community last month when he endorsed Mr. Steele and headlined the Baltimore fundraiser.
Mr. Mfume [former director of the NAACP] is on the board of directors of Mr. Simmons’ political action group, the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network.    Mr. Simmons said he supports Mr. Steele because of his commitment to help the black community build wealth. Mr. Simmons said, “Some of the things [Mr. Steele] is doing are inspiring, and maybe moving Democrats to pay attention.”

Simmons: what a jackass. Watch the ad (“Building Bridges”) here.

  1. Please take note that Mfume, who is referred to in the article, is running against Steele. It says that Mfume was the former head of the NAACP and is on the board of Simmons’ Hip Hop Summit Action Network. That leaves us with the question….why is he endorsing Steele?

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