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Protect.org turns down money from Caylee Anthony song amid criticism from Bubba the Love Sponge

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bubba-the-love-sponge.jpgThe radio war between Bubba the Love Sponge Clem, Orlando Davis and Cledus T. Judd just claimed another casualty, as the charity which was to receive donations through a song written by Judd has turned down the money, citing interference from Clem as the cause.

Since I'm in Los Angeles on assignment, Times writer Marissa Lang pulled together a piece on this latest turn of events, in which The National Association to Protect Children said it was overwhelmed by "menacing'' e-mails, phone calls and online attacks since Clem criticized the song, calling the charity a scam.

"This bizarre and lurid radio drama has distracted the National Association to Protect Children from our work," the charity said in a prepared statement. Clem (pictured, right) posted the charity's 2009 tax returns online, noting that it spends a large amount of its revenue on salaries; the group contends that its work is centered on advocacy and lobbying for new laws, so the bulk of its expense would logically be used on staff salaries.

orlando2.jpgI wrote a story last week when this conflict exploded over the local radio scene, as Davis (left) and Clem got into a profanity-laced argument on air over the song "Shes' Going Places (Caylee's Song)", written in tribute to deceased 2-year-old Caylee Anthony.

Clem, the lead morning personality at Cox Radio's WHPT-FM (The Bone 102.5) contends the song is a terrible, transparent attempt to capitalize on the blockbuster fame of Caylee's mother Casey Anthony, who stunned the world when she was acquitted of her child's murder last month.

Judd, who co-hosts the morning show at CBS Radio's WQYK-FM (99.5), said he wrote the song to make sure some focus remained on Caylee Anthony, revamping a song he originally co-wrote with Rascal Flatts singer Gary Levox. Davis, the program director and morning personality at rap-centered WLLD-FM (Wild 94.1), also works for CBS Radio and got R&B singer Brian McKnight to record a version of this tune.

According to our story, Judd and Davis are now looking for a new children's charity to name as beneficiary for the song's profits.

 

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