Some of you have expressed opposition to the upcoming T-SPLOST because you don’t believe that raising sales taxes by 1 percent will solve metro Atlanta’s traffic problems. Well, you doubters need to look at the return on investment the folks at Citizens for Transportation Mobility are getting on the money they’re spending to persuade you to vote yes on the T-SPLOST.
Citizens for Transportation Mobility is a “Ballot Committee,” which means they’re registered with the all-powerful “Georgia Government Transparency and Finance Commission” and are required by that mighty Commission to list all donations and expenditures once they’ve raised or spent more than $500. The ironclad disclosure laws of Georgia say so right here.
CTM has been running a pretty involved campaign to persuade you to vote yes on the tax increase. They’ve hired a professional campaign consultant, sent mailers out, had tele-townhall meetings, printed signs, produced videos and sent out more than 300,000 phone calls. Also, they have a nifty website. And they’ve done ALL that for less than $500.No reports filed. Therefore, CTM has not spent more than $500. QED.
Now, if CTM can do all that for less than $500, can you imagine what sort of transportation solutions they can get for $6 BILLION? You think they’ll stop at that silly project list? Pffft. I think every commuter in metro Atlanta is going to get their own jet pack.
For this, I will support a tax increase.
As a professional campaign consultant myself, I can only stand in awe of a campaign that’s been able to do as much as CTM has for less than $500. It’s sheer magic, and where there’s magic, there are jet packs!
If you hear that some nosy-parker “investigative journalist” is going to start poking around trying to figure out just how CTM can run such a fantastic campaign for less than $500, don’t let them! That could mean a bunch of paperwork an possibly even a stern letter from the omnipotent Georgia Government Transparency and Finance Commission. And if they’re filling out forms, they’re not developing our jet packs!
Let other people worry about disclosure rules. Let’s trust the folks in charge of this campaign. Let’s keep our childlike sense of wonder. Let’s believe in magic.