Speed Camera Support: Grassroots or Astroturf?

Corporation that stands to benefit from more cameras aids a Facebook group advocating expansion of the network of devices in school zones. Full Story »

Posted by Tyler Waldman - via Patch - Towson

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Stephanie Flores-Koulish
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by Stephanie Flores-Koulish - Mar. 11, 2011

I was pleasantly surprised to read this quality piece of investigative journalism in the Towson Patch. Sears shows the complications of public relations firms getting involved in local political processes, but perhaps most importantly, he links to the corporation that stands to gain substantially by the passing of this legislation. The final 2 paragraphs, while interesting in their lean toward the social good, neglect to remind readers of the huge financial windfall that the corporation stands to gain. A question I was left with was why the county would be bound to an exclusive contract with ACS? Why couldn't this become a bidding process? Also, while it's clear that KO is a local organization, is ACS? Could a MD company profit from the installation?

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