John Torinus and two former Journal Communications employees -- former general counsel Paul Kritzer and Journal film critic Doug Armstrong -- last month announced they were running for the board of Journal Communications. They've been endorsed by former Journal Comms president Keith SPore.
Now it seems that Journal Communications is trying to block them from doing so.
In its filing to the Securities and Exchange Commission (see the language in the next column), Journal Communications cited unnamed "adequate disclosure" concerns in the antifraud provisions of the securities laws regarding elections. They claim we are attempting to "circumvent the other proxy rules designed to assure the integrity of director elections." They also refused to provide our slate with a list of company shareholders, despite a Wisconsin law that says they must provide one to any shareholder requesting it.
Here's the letter Foley & Lardner attorney Russell Ryba sent to the SEC asking that the alternate slate be denied.
Lord knows the Brawler has major disagreements with Torinus on health care reform. But the Brawler has little doubt that he would make a positive contribution to a board that's been distinguished largely by showering undeserved rewards upon management.