RLC: Lobby+Contribute=Payoff

Redspeed Illinois got busy in 2007 and started lobbying and contributing to build up political capital.  So far in 2008 they haven’t let up at all, spreading the wealth around to include over 30 elected officials in the collar counties and communities where RLC are allowed by the Illinois legislators.  Now I guess my question is if RLC were about safety, why do they have to lobby and buy off officials?

Just following the play book written by the IIHS…

The Newspaper has an interesting article documenting how they bought off legislators in Florida, and shines some light on how the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rigs the field to get what they want:

Insurance Industry Behind Push for Florida Red Light Cameras
Potential for millions in profit drives insurance to bankroll Florida legislation to authorize red light cameras.

Rep Ron ReaganThe graduate of an insurance industry “boot camp” is behind efforts to legalize the use of red light cameras in Florida. State Representative Ron Reagan (R-Bradenton) twice attended the Insurance Campaign Institute, a special program designed to place insurance agents in positions of political power that is bankrolled by twenty insurance companies.

“Essentially a political boot camp, the comprehensive political training program covers all facets of the campaign trail, from organization to grassroots strategies, fundraising, direct mail, advertising, media relations, public speaking, debate preparation, campaign research, and use of insurance community strength,” the Independent Insurance Agents of America explained in a 2001 press release.

Reagan credits his 2002 Florida House victory to the Insurance Campaign Institute. To repay his industry backers, Reagan introduced the Mark Wandall Traffic Safety Act, a measure giving cities the green light to install red light cameras. Although the bill is portrayed as a response to the tragic death of a constituent in 2003, Reagan’s legislation is designed to create millions in new revenue for the insurance industry.

Redspeed Illinois has contributed to over 30 campaign funds for elected state officials from counties and communities that have RLC:

Contributed By Amount Received By Description
Redspeed Illinois
400 Eisenhower Lane North
Lombart, IL 60148
$250.00
8/10/2007
Individual Contribution
Friends of Saul Beck
REDSPEED ILLINOIS
400 EISENHOWER LANE NORTH

LOMBARD, IL 60148

$500.00
9/23/2008
Individual Contribution
Friends of Terry Link
Redspeed Illinois LLC
387 Shuman Blvd
Naperville, IL 60563
$250.00
9/29/2006
Individual Contribution
Citizens for Christine Radogno
Redspeed Illinois LLC
400 Eisenhower Lane North
Lombard, IL 60181
$1,000.00
2/27/2007
Individual Contribution
Bellwood First Party
Redspeed Illinois LLC
400 Eisenhower Lane North
Lombard, IL 60148
$1,000.00
1/25/2007
Individual Contribution
Silvestri for Cook County Commissioner
Redspeed Illinois LLC
400 Eisenhower Lane North
Lombard, IL 60148
$250.00
4/15/2007
Individual Contribution
Citizens for Anthony Calderone
Redspeed Illinois LLC
400 Eisenhower Lane North
Lombard, IL 60148
$1,000.00
4/16/2007
Individual Contribution
Citizens for Claar
Redspeed Illinois LLC
400 Eisenhower Lane North
Lombard, IL 60148
$1,000.00
2/27/2007
Individual Contribution
Citizens to Elect Ronald M Serpico, Sr. Inc
Redspeed Illinois LLC
400 Eisenhower
Lombard, IL 60148
$250.00
8/15/2007
Individual Contribution
Citizens to Re-Elect William “Bill” Shaw
Redspeed Illinois LLC
387 Shuman Blvd
Suite 340W
Naperville, IL 60563
$250.00
10/8/2006
Individual Contribution
Citizens to Elect Ronald M Serpico, Sr. Inc
Redspeed Illinois LLC
400 Eisenhower Lane North

Lombard, IL 60148

$1,000.00
8/24/2007
Individual Contribution
Citizens to Elect Ronald M Serpico, Sr. Inc
Redspeed Illinois LLC
400 Eisenhower Lane North

Lombard, IL 60148

$500.00
2/11/2008
Individual Contribution
Citizens for Dave Owen
Redspeed Illinois LLC
400 Eisenhower Lane North

Lombard, IL 60148

$300.00
1/25/2008
Individual Contribution
The Integrity Party
Redspeed Illinois LLC
400 Eisenhower Lane North

Lombard, IL 60148

$225.00
6/8/2008
Individual Contribution
The Integrity Party
Redspeed Illinois LLC
400 Eisenhower Lane North

Lombard, IL 60148

$250.00
4/22/2008
Individual Contribution
Friends of Michael O’Connor
Redspeed Illinois LLC
400 Eisenhower Ln N

Lombard, IL 60148

$500.00
1/17/2008
Individual Contribution
Citizens for May
Redspeed Illinois LLC
400 Eisenhower Ln N

Lombard, IL 60148

$500.00
9/18/2008
Individual Contribution
Citizens for May
Redspeed Illinois LLC
400 Eisenhower Lane North

Lombard, IL 60148

$500.00
9/17/2008
Individual Contribution
Volunteers for Delgado
Redspeed Illinois LLC
400 Eisenhower Lane North

Lombard, IL 60148

$500.00
10/5/2008
Individual Contribution
Citizens for Matt Murphy
Redspeed Illinois LLC
400 Eisenhower Lane North

Lombard, IL 60148

$500.00
9/18/2008
Individual Contribution
Friends of Don Harmon
Redspeed Illinois LLC
400 Eisenhower Lane North

Lombard, IL 60148

$500.00
10/3/2008
Individual Contribution
Michael Bond for Senate
Redspeed Illinois LLC
400 Eisenhower Lane North

Lombard, IL 60148

$1,000.00
9/20/2008
Individual Contribution
Citizens for Pamela J Althoff
Redspeed Illinois LLC
400 Eisenhower Lane North

Lombard, IL 60148

$500.00
9/19/2008
Individual Contribution
Citizens for Noland
Redspeed Illinois LLC
387 Shuman Blvd

Naperville, IL 60563

$500.00
9/17/2008
Individual Contribution
Citizens for Christine Radogno
Redspeed Illinois LLC
400 Eisenhower Lane North

Lombard, IL 60148

$1,000.00
9/23/2008
Individual Contribution
Citizens for Frank Watson
RedSpeed Illinois LLC
400 Eisenhower Lane North

Lombard, IL 60148

$500.00
9/19/2008
Individual Contribution
Dan Kotowski for State Senate
Redspeed Illinois LLC
400 Eisenhower Lane North

Lombard, IL 60148

$500.00
9/30/2008
Individual Contribution
Citizens for Kirk Dillard
RedSpeed Illinois LLC
400 Eisenhower Lane North

Lombard, IL 60148

$1,000.00
9/19/2008
Individual Contribution
Citizens for John Cullerton
Redspeed Illinois LLC
400 Eisenhower Lane North

Lombard, IL 60148

$1,000.00
9/23/2008
Individual Contribution
Friends of John J Millner
Redspeed Illinois LLC
400 Eisenhower Lane North

Lombard, IL 60148

$400.00
10/21/2008
Individual Contribution
Friends of Linda Chapa LaVia
Redspeed Illinois LLC
400 Eisenhower Lane North

Lombard, IL 60148

$400.00
10/28/2008
Individual Contribution
Committee to Elect Dan Burke
Redspeed Illinois LLC
400 Eisenhower Lane North

, IL

$500.00
1/21/2008
Individual Contribution
Bellwood First Party
Redspeed Illinois LLC
400 Eisenhower Lane North

, IL

$500.00
5/29/2008
Individual Contribution
Bellwood First Party
RedSpeed Illinois LLC
400 Eisenhower Lane North

Lombard, IL 60148

$1,000.00
10/31/2008
Individual Contribution
Citizens for John Cullerton
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2 Responses to “RLC: Lobby+Contribute=Payoff”

  1. A Reader Says:

    We get it. Your against red light cameras.

  2. markthoman Says:

    No, if you’ve read more than just this post I’ve been crystal clear I am not against RLC, I am against being lied to by the IIHS that there is some public service, some public benefit to them when they exist only to, basically, make money. They lied to the village, to the police, to everyone when it comes right down to it.

    Now as far as them making money, as long as we’re talking honestly, let’s put them out on the corners of the village at the busiest intersections and get on with it. Just drop the disingenuous pretense they have anything at all to do with safety.


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