Speed Trap Hunter Forum: Best Radar Detectors, Laser Jammers, Laser Detectors, Speed Cameras Forum  

Go Back   Speed Trap Hunter Forum: Best Radar Detectors, Laser Jammers, Laser Detectors, Speed Cameras Forum > Speed Trap & Traffic Enforcement > Economics & Politics
Radar Detectors Forum Logon:

Economics & Politics Discussion of the economic and political market driving factors of automated enforcement technology.

LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old 2009-09-25
NMA Reporter NMA Reporter is offline
Senior Member
Join Date: 2008 Feb
Posts: 125
NMA Reporter is on a distinguished road
Exclamation Lobbyists Battle for Handouts in Federal Transportation Bill

Article: Lobbyists Battle for Handouts in Federal Transportation Bill

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHoodAs Congress works on extending the authorization for transportation programs in the current session, thousands of lobbyists are investing millions in political donations and billable hours in the hopes of receiving a big payout in public dollars. The Center for Public Integrity, a left-wing watchdog group, last week released the results of an exhaustive examination of the financial ties between transportation lobbyists and lawmakers. In the first half of this year alone, 2100 lobbyists spent $45 million on influencing lawmakers who are busy dividing up an estimated $500 billion in funding (view lobbying map).

"Over the past two decades, this is the way federal transportation policy has largely been made in America -- by a quasi-private club of interest groups and local governments carving out something for everyone, creating a nationwide patchwork of funded bypasses, interchanges, bridges, and rail lines with no overarching philosophy behind it," Center staff writer Matthew Lewis explained.

Among the government entities involved, the Center found 475 cities, 160 counties and 12 states have sent lobbyists to Capitol Hill using public funds. Another 55 local development authorities, 95 transit agencies, 25 metro and regional planning organizations invested heavily in lobbying.

From the private sector, a total of 130 real estate, construction and engineering groups sent representatives to Washington, DC. Another group of 75 highway builders, trucking groups and automobile manufacturers sought business opportunities in the corridors of the US Capitol. A total of 140 universities, 45 rail organizations and 45 bicycle coalitions and research groups also sought handouts.

A revolving door between those who seek funds and those who hand out taxpayer money helps to ensure the lobbying process proceeds smoothly. For example, Sante Esposito spent eleven years as the chief Democratic counsel on the House Transportation Committee. Now as a lobbyist for the firm Federal Advocates she boasts of having secured $850 million in public funding for paying clients, which include five California cities, an engineering firm and the Association of Railroads.

In total, three dozen current lobbyists once served as House or Senate Transportation Committee staffers. Another three dozen worked with the appropriations committees. Twenty former members of Congress are now high-paid transportation lobbyists.

The Center disclosed that the Rockefeller Foundation provided funding for the project. This foundation also donates money to one of the largest special interest transportation coalitions, Transportation for America, whose goal is to take gas tax money away from projects that improve roads and instead push federal officials to pour the funds into rail projects. Source
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiFurl this Post!
Reply With Quote

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Obama Transportation Appointees Like Speed Cameras, Tolls NMA Reporter Economics & Politics 1 2009-06-09 19:08
Traffic Camera Lobbyists Score Big Win in Texas Legislature NMA Reporter Economics & Politics 0 2009-06-01 22:04
New Transportation Secretary Endorses Toll Roads NMA Reporter Economics & Politics 0 2009-01-22 22:38
Texas Leaders Agree to End Raid on Transportation Funding NMA Reporter Economics & Politics 0 2008-08-24 22:19

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 18:02.

©2019 SpeedTrapHunter