More on Chuck Hurley, MADD, and Obama

Monday, April 27th, 2009

I have a piece up at Reason taking swipes at Chuck Hurley, MADD’s CEO and Obama’s nominee to head up the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Walter Olson also has much more
on Hurley, as does this Washington Times editorial, which includes more detail on Hurley’s advocacy for red light cameras:

Mr. Hurley is a former board member of the National Campaign to Stop Red Light Running. The innocuous-sounding outfit frequently testifies at congressional hearings as if it were a nonprofit victim’s advocacy group. In reality, it is a well-heeled lobbying shop for big business.

The so-called National Campaign’s phone number – (202) 828-9100 – is answered by a receptionist at the public-relations firm Blakey and Agnew. Among that firm’s big-ticket clients are the traffic-camera companies Redflex Traffic Systems of Australia, Gastometer BV of the Netherlands and Lasercraft Inc. of Britain. These foreign corporations all seek to rewrite state laws to allow machines to issue traffic-camera tickets, thus reaping huge profits for the companies that operate them – including Redflex, Gastometer and Lasercraft.

Last August, I described how the campaign recruited Ladies’ Home Journal to solicit letters to Congress from its readers calling for more red light cameras, without ever disclosing that red light camera manufacturers had underwritten the entire thing.

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8 Responses to “More on Chuck Hurley, MADD, and Obama”

  1. #1 |  Pat | 

    The Obama administration are not just authoritarians but moralistic authoritarians.

  2. #2 |  Mattocracy | 

    If keeping church and state seperate wasn’t hard enough, now we have corporations working hand in hand with the pompus church of the nanny state. I don’t think it gets mentioned enough that church and commerce should be seperate too.

  3. #3 |  perlhaqr | 

    “It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their consciences.” — C. S. Lewis

    And sometimes, like today, we get omnipotent moral busybodies shilling for the robber baron. Whee!

  4. #4 |  todd | 

    It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their consciences.” — C. S. Lewis
    And sometimes, like today, we get omnipotent moral busybodies shilling for the robber baron. Whee!

    Why can’t we learn something from the greats of time gone by?

  5. #5 |  Aresen | 

    But it’s for the drunken children who drive without seatbelts!

    /snark

  6. #6 |  kyle | 

    “Why can’t we learn something from the greats of time gone by?”

    Because CS Lewis believes in god :)

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  8. #8 |  Gordito | 

    MADD is an organization for people to blame society for their losses that stems from their own guilt mostly because of bad their own bad parenting. So they need to stop their NAZI like attack on society becuase the police are getting motivated by them in making FALSE DUI arrests for no reason other than getting commendations by MADD so they can increase the overtime the police get for going to court. The Miami police DUI taskforce officer can each make an extra $25,000 a year on arrests and they list eachother as witnesses so that they all show up to get the overtime. That IS illegal but prosecutors turn a blind eye toward it. I’ve heard of many stories of several officers abusing this (Closius, Davenport, Slimak) DUI laws are designed so that you are presumed guilty. So when CHUCK gets in power all the INSANE bills that MADD has drafted will be going into effect. Just take a cab everywhere from now on even if you are not drinking.

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