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Is the end nigh for the city’s street teams? Councilmember Jim Graham‘s anti-littering bill, introduced in the D.C. Council yesterday, would outlaw one of promoters’ chief tactics: putting flyers on cars.
“I think that’s stupid,” says Ward 7 Council candidate Ronald Moten, a man who, because of his former job as a go-go promoter, knows a lot about flyers (Moten tip for promoters: Put flyers in the driver’s side mirror, not the windshield).
Graham’s bill—-which could face legal challenges—-would hurt the hip-hop and fashion show scenes, as well as go-go, according to Moten. If car flyering is going to be banned, Moten says, the city might as well ban politicians from putting campaign signs on street poles.
“How many printing companies is [Graham] going to put out of business?” asks Moten. While flyering is less important now to promoters because of the rise of Twitter and Facebook, according to Moten, they’re still a key part of concert promotion.
“That might be the difference between you making and losing $10,000,” he says.
Update, 1:20 p.m.: Commenter M below points out that flyering on cars is already illegal under D.C. law.
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