Friday, June 13, 2008

ACS Wine and Dine State Legislatures over Speed Camera Bills

Photo enforcement lobbyists wined and dined key Maryland state lawmakers before a vote to expand the state's speed camera system earlier this year. The Annapolis lobby firm Alexander and Cleaver arranged a $3,700 event to wine and dine the House and Senate committee members responsible for delivering the legislation to the floor of each chamber. The Washington Post reported on the event after analyzing the ethics disclosure reports for each of the state's 188 lawmakers.

This is not the first lobbying effort by ACS on photo enforcement laws. Between 2000 and 2004, ACS spent nearly $500,000 on the lobbyists responsible for handing the company the no-bid contract it once had to operate red light cameras in Washington, DC.