Please give Shaughnessy Naughton’s new PAC consideration. In her words it is “a new political action committee that will recruit, train, and elect Democratic candidates with science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and work experience.”
This is a very sorely needed focus. As a licensed Professional Engineer (PE) who has run for local office, it is infuriating how inefficiently we spend our tax money, because few to none of those elected has any work experience in STEM.
This trend is especially wasteful at the local and county level, where every technical decision is made of, by and for for-profit “professional services” contractors (so named so they are 100% shielded from any competition or or even peer oversight). These contractors continually find in favor of their profits, without regard to cheaper and/or less disruptive options.
This culminates in those making that big cash funding our local officials, then overcharging you and me on no-bid, no oversight “professional services”, as I’ve documented:
Professional service providers are almost always private contractors, and make extraordinary revenues for their legally-sanctioned “professional services.” Many (and most of the largest) are huge campaign and PAC donors. I’ve been on that side of the table and know that most often they are the only technical folks who ever review a land development proposal on behalf of a municipality. They work no-bid, and with no peer oversight. By figuring out who that is and jumping in with them politically, any developer is in. Their political donations lean extremely similar to those of the development PACs; easily documented using public campaign finance reports. The deck is stacked, and when we finally start paying attention to that link, we will level the playing field and strengthen our representation.