A blog yesterday shared sales documents associated with Martino TV, an upcoming program starring self-proclaimed "Troubleshooter" Tom Martino. The show charges businesses to receive the de facto endorsement of its star, who appears in regular consumer-advocacy reports during Channel 31 newscasts (although he's not a journalist -- he swears).
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Now, something even more graphic: a detailed PowerPoint offering facts, figures, demographic information and plenty of reasons why entrepreneurs should give some of their hard-earned dough to Mr. M. Among the highlights: The contract on page eleven asks applicants to pay $125 for "Company History/Background Check/Fee" to be "Performed by Tom Martino's Organization." That way, even if a wannabe Martino TV stars turn out to be a scofflaws, Big Tom makes a few bucks anyhow. No trouble with that!