The old saying goes, you scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours. That is exactly what is happening with the Greenlight Pinellas campaign that will – for starters – create a$2.4 billion slush fund for cronies to build the proposed St. Petersburg to Clearwater Train (billions in land re-development to follow!). Donors from major corporations are pouring money into the “Friends of Greenlight” political committee to ensure they can get government contracts related to train construction. Previously featured Greenlight cronies included Jeff Danner, the past PSTA chair who is now a $4,000 per month political consultant, Duke Energy at $50,000 and Parsons-Brinckerhoff, the global corporation with a record of shoddy work that donated $50,000. Today we learn about 10 more rail engineering and consulting firms that have poured in over $27,000 so far on top of the Parsons Brinckerhoff $50,000 donation. The payoff for that Greenlight investment will be minimally millions and tens of millions for BCC Engineering, Clever Devices, LTK engineering, Tindal-Oliver and Atkins Global engineering and many more!
According to Pinellas Supervisor of Elections Contribution reports, many transportation engineering companies have donated to the effort to build a street-car style train in Pinellas County using the highest sales tax in the state. The vast majority of these firms are located outside of Florida and only one is in the Tampa Bay Area (listed below). One (Atkins) is based in Britain. Is there any doubt that the well-connected and wealthy corporations are going to get richer off your tax dollar? Would they donate this amount of money to expand the bus service alone? Of course not! Yet another reason to vote against Greenlight Pinellas when you get your ballot. Until then, you can just sing along with the “I’ve Been Riding on the Greedline” song!
BCC Engineering, $10,000 6/23/2014 (Philadelphia area)
Clever Devices, $5,000 8/26/210 (Woodbury, NY)
Tindale-Oliver, $5,000 5/15/2014 (Tampa)
LTK Engineering, $3,000 6/30/14 (Miami)
RK&K, $1,000 6/6/2014 (Baltimore, MD)
Gannet Fleming, $1,000 7/30/14 (Harrisburg, PA)
Atkins Global, $1,000, 9/8/2014 (British Multi-national)
The Solis Group, $500 7/19/2014 (Pasadena, California)
BLPTA, LLC $500, 8/15/2014 (Alexandria, Virginia)
MC Squared, $200 8/5/2014 (Kennesaw, Georgia)