Larry Flynt opened up his independent 2012 election mischief campaign this weekend as he purchased full page advertising in the Sunday and weekend issues of USA TODAY and THE WASHINGTON POST offering $1 million to anyone who will sell him a copy of Mitt Romney’s tax returns. Flynt’s ads are seeking, “unreleased tax returns and/or details of offshore assets, bank accounts and foreign business partnerships”.
Larry Flynt is an outspoken rebel Democrat, but also has a financial interest in not seeing a Republican Administration launched crackdown on the pornography industry. Historically, every Republican Administration steps up prosecutions of pornography businesses. However, what is viewed as legally obscene seems to be a constantly shifting standard. In the 1970’s, states such as California and New York prosecuted mere depictions of sexual intercourse in magazines and movies, however depictions of sexual intercourse are now common place in most mainstream men’s magazines outside of PLAYBOY and PENTHOUSE, and are not considered legally obscene in most states or cities in the U.S. at this time.
Larry Flynt’s magazine empire has three main magazines right now, including his flagship HUSTLER, BARELY LEGAL and TABOO. HUSTLER features many political opinions and articles as well sexually oriented pictorials, while BARELY LEGAL has far less features beyond just pictorials of college aged young women between the ages of 18 and 20. TABOO is a fetish magazine, and by far the most controversial of Larry Flynt’s three main publications and is sold in fewer American cities and states because of the far more controversial content.
Despite any controversy, Larry Flynt is an intensely patriotic man who loves America. He served in two branches of service. After the U.S. Army honorably discharged Flynt as they downsized their forces, Flynt re-enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving as a radar operator there.