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TTC (Trans Texas Corridor) Ex-Perry Aide Shelley Now Works for... Guess.. CINTRA

18 August 2006 at 9:05:54 AM

Let's see. Timeline. Shelley does contract work for Cintra. Shelley then goes to work for Governor Perry's office as an aide. Three months later, AMAZINGLY, Cintra gets the contract to build the Trans Texas Corridor. Shelley leaves the governor's office and goes to work for... Cintra.  WHAT A COINCIDENCE!!!!! Shelley planned to take some Texas legislators to Canada, which, as we all know, is where the NAFTA superhighway that Bush proposes is gonna end up (and Cintra has a toll road there, too), but the trip was cancelled after the Dallas Morning News asked a few questions about it.

Though the payment of trip expenses by Cintra would have been legal, companies stand to gain by having lawmakers' undivided attention for several days, said Tom "Smitty" Smith, director of Public Citizen of Texas, a watchdog group. Lawmakers should use their campaign funds for such expenses, Mr. Smith said.

"That's preferable from taking money from corporations that stand to make billions in the continuation of this Trans-Texas Corridor project," he said.

Mr. Shelley resigned his state job in September and struck a lobbying deal with Cintra worth between $50,000 and $100,000 to work from March through the end of this year. In addition, his daughter and lobbying partner, Jennifer Shelley-Rodriguez, will earn between $25,000 and $50,000 from the company over the same period, state records show.

Notice that apparently if you call yourself a *consultant* rather than a *lobbyist*, you're not governed by the law.

When Mr. Shelley worked for Cintra before, he never registered as a lobbyist. Instead, he worked nine months as an unregulated "consultant" trying to generate business for the company in Texas – a role that included such functions as making introductions and attending meetings with state transportation officials.

At the time, the governor's office said Mr. Shelley was never paid by the company, because his fees were to be based on any deals closed. They said that when he left the firm before the contract was complete, he gave up the right to such fees.

Such contingency arrangements are illegal for lobbyists, but the law does not mention consultants.

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