25 May 2017
Industry insiders have dramatically increased campaign contributions to Rep. Comstock at the start of her second term on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.
This is a bit ironic, considering Comstock’s track record of voting against the Silver Line and Northern Virginia transportation funding while she was a delegate in Richmond. The Washington Post harshly criticized Comstock’s opposition at that time, stating:
“On her blog, she touts her recent initiatives relating to testing for Lyme disease but devotes not one word to the transportation bill, which will generate more than $1 billion annually for roads and rails.”
This has long been Comstock’s favorite political play — avoid comment on hard issues while staging photo-ops about issues everyone already agrees on.
Comstock managed to collect just $8,400 in her first two years on the Transportation Committee.
She quickly surpassed that figure this year, collecting $8,450 from industry insiders during the first three months of her new term and adding $17,000 from corporate PAC donors.
At this rate, she will haul in more than $203,000 before the end of the 115th Congress.
It is easy to guess what these transport corporations and industry insiders expect from Rep. Comstock: privileged access and a sympathetic ear while her constituents wait outside, clamoring for attention they will not get.
And, as if to thumb her nose at the Post, Rep. Comstock recently orchestrated a campaign photo-op for herself with @NatCapLyme – a worthy cause, but one that distracts attention from her poor leadership on difficult issues.
Industry insiders donating to Comstock in the 1st quarter 2017 included:
- Wiggie Shell, Chief Executive Officer, Georgetown Rail Equipment Co.
- Lawrence Laurello, President, Delta Railroad Construction
- David Monte Verde, President, Genesee Valley Transportation
- Gregory Grissom, Chief Operating Officer, Georgetown Rail Equipment Co.
- Dale Hawk, Board Member, R.J. Corman Railroad Group
- Gary Lund, Chairman, Watco Companies, LLC
- Andrea Newman, Senior Vice President, Delta Airlines
Corporate PAC donors to Comstock in 1st quarter 2017 included: