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.