Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell, also known as "Fast Eddie", has been working hard behind the scenes, just like Gov. Rick Perry, to toll tax our public highways.
Diverting tax dollars to toll our freeways (a massive subsidy for contributors) is the latest double tax scam for old school politicians like Rendell and others. Profiteer Rendell is handing millions in legal work to his fat cat contributors (and former law firm) according to TheNewspaper.com:
"Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell (D) has handed his former law firm millions in payment for legal work on plans to toll Interstate 80 and privatize the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Over a period of about a year, the law firm Ballard, Spahr, Andrews and Ingersoll has collected $2 million, according to invoices obtained by yardbird.com. Rendell decided that the law firm where he worked as a partner from 2000 to 2002 was better suited to the job, rather than use the seventy lawyers on staff at the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.Gov. Rendell has been pushing the special interest candidate, Hillary Clinton for weeks, as the Pennsylvania state primary creeps up next month. Rendell hopes to round out Hillary's corruption ticket with a spot as VP.
Rendell fundraisers became big winners in the toll road deal. Kenneth M. Jarin, co-chairman of Rendell's re-election campaign, billed the state $24,703.15 for forty-six hours of work with Ballard Spahr. The payment was approved by Pennsylvania State Treasurer Robin L. Wiessmann, who also happens to be Jarin's wife.
Ballard Spahr also happens to be one of Rendell's biggest campaign donors. Since 2001, the firm has given $456,839 to Rendell's campaign committee. So far, attempts to turn Interstate 80 into a toll road have stalled as opposition from members of Congress has blocked Rendell's plan."