The local rail cartel includes elected officials, unelected bureaucrats, transit activists, some local media allies, lawyers and wealthy special interests who keep funding rail tax boondoggle referendums.
These people are closely intertwined with the pro rail All for Transportation (AFT) Political Action Committee (PAC) funded by the wealthy special interests. Their collusive behavior and cozy relationships breeds distrust.
They work together, whether ethical or not, and have stacked transportation decision making positions in Hillsborough County with themselves. The result is they reside within their own group think bubble they rarely venture out of.
The taxpayer funded agency Hillsborough Transportation Planning Organization (TPO) embedded an All for Transportation (AFT) Political Action Committee video on their taxpayer funded website. Below is a screenshot captured of the video displaying AFT Co-founder Rena Frazier.
|TPO embedded AFT video on|
The TPO removed the video only after they got caught.
I asked Alden on August 27, 2018 about meeting with AFT and the proposed AFT rail tax. She tried to respond that she had not taken much time looking at the transit tax hike petition.
When Tampa City Councilman Louis Viera, who sits on the MPO Board, was contacted, he confirmed that Alden was invited to tell the Tampa City Council what the transit tax hike referendum would be funding. When Viera was asked if the City Council was going to invite someone to speak from the All for Transportation PAC who wrote the transit tax hike and got it on the ballot, he said that would be a "waste of time".Why did Alden feign ignorance about AFT's rail tax on August 27, 2018?
|Tampa Public Works Director Jean Duncan|
publicly presents AFT's Referendum Fact Sheet
AFT was NOT initiated by any elected official. But pro AFT rail tax referendum presentations were being given by unelected bureaucrats in Tampa City Hall as if it had been.
In addition, the City of Tampa uploaded an AFT Political Action Committee video to their city governments Youtube Channel.