Moore Wants To Ban DOT Board Members From Making Donations

Richard Moore says he wants to bar state transportation board members from making campaign donations to candidates for public office.

The state treasurer and Democratic gubernatorial hopeful also said Monday he wants to prevent Board of Transportation members from collecting donations on behalf of a candidate.

Moore announced the proposals as part of a position paper to reduce what he calls the political influence on the Department of Transportation.

The Legislature already approved in 2006 a similar ban on donations and so-called "bundling" contributions by registered lobbyists. They are still allowed to host fundraisers and participate in political campaigns.

An outside consultant's report released last fall included worker comments that found DOT is too political and priority road projects are needlessly delayed.