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From: David Stall - CorridorWatch.org [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Tuesday, January 30, 2007 5:34 PM
Subject: Macquaire Media Group acquisition of American Consolidated Media
CorridorWatch.org represents thousands of members who reside in 199 counties across who are challenging the wisdom of the Trans Corridor.
We bring the following facts to your attention:
Macquarie Infrastructure Group is aggressively pursuing infrastructure investments in the Texas. Together with their Spanish partner Cintra, Macquarie has already engaged in large projects including the Indiana Toll Road, Chicago Skyway, and 407 ETR. With Cintra having the lead role with on TTC-35 it is certainly plausible that Macquarie is a potential financial partner as individual facility development agreements are negotiated. In such scenario Macquarie has a vested interest in seeing the TTC continue to move forward. (http://www.corridorwatch.org/ttc_2007/CWA0701300.htm)
This is the first newspaper acquisition ever initiated in TTC-35 and TTC-69 toll roads through south, central and east Texas. (http://www.keeptexasmoving.com)
by MMG. Interestingly the ACM newspaper holdings being purchased are heavily peppered along the routes actively under consideration for
Toll road projects in , and , while not necessarily popular, have not generated the kind of vocal public opposition they have experienced in .
The TTC is wildly unpopular, particularly in rural http://blogs.mysanantonio.com/weblogs/traffic/archives/2006/08/post_57.html). TxDOT held 55 public hearings in the summer of 2006 which 13,632 attended. More than 90 percent of the 1,073 who spoke at those hearings did so in strong opposition. (
Rural Texans for Reliable Safe Transportation have limited success in getting their pro-toll editorials into these community newspapers. is a very tough market to reach. Local radio and newspapers provide the only consistent and cost-effective coverage available. Organized and well funded pro-toll business and industry front groups like (http://www.corridorwatch.org/ttc_2007/CW00000179.htm) Likewise, public relations efforts attempted directly by TxDOT have met with less than desired levels of acceptance when editors have declined to print pro-toll corridor materials submitted as editorial.
All of this generates more questions than answers.
Naturally our chief concern is that Macquarie Bank, though one of it's MMG subsidiary, has put itself in a position to attempt to manipulate public opinion by using a virtual monopoly of rural
media to improperly benefit another of it's subsidiaries, MIG.
Your consideration is appreciated.