Thursday, December 06, 2007

Advocates for Sale?

In this morning's Crain's Insider the newsletter reports on an advertising campaign being launched by Transportation Alternatives, under the headline, "SELLING DRIVING FEES:"
Congestion pricing will get a boost next week when Transportation Alternatives launches a series of advertisements in local newspapers showing mass-transit improvements that the proposal would bring. The marketing stems from polls that show a majority of New Yorkers favor driving fees if the proceeds are used to fund transit. The anticar
advocacy group is working behind the scenes as well, talking with labor unions to
align their interests."

We're wondering where this astroturf outfit is getting all of the cash from. A bunch of bicycle riding odd balls are suddenly flush with ad dollars and no one questions the money source? When have any of these groups had the cash to cavort in the media? Follow the money!