Letter to Transportation Committee Re Protecting states' pay-to-play policies over contracting procedures

February 25, 2005



Letter to Transportation Committee Re Protecting states' pay-to-play policies over contracting procedures

Dear Chairman and Ranking Member:

As the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee works out the details of H.R. 3, authorizing funds for federal highways, Common Cause, Public Campaign and the Center for Civic Responsibility urge the committee to include a provision respecting states' rights to address the pernicious problem of corruption in government contracting procedures.

Known as "pay-to-play," many state and local governments are being burdened by the all-too common practice of a business entity making campaign contributions to a public official with the hope of gaining a lucrative government contract. Pay-to-play practices have the potential for corrupting, or at least creating the appearance of corrupting, the government contracting process by influencing the awarding of contracts based on campaign contributions rather than merit.

Read the letter (PDF)

Read the proposed amendment to H. R. 3 Offered by Mr. Pascrell of New Jersey (PDF)


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