Metro’s $6 Million Bond Campaign

Metro’s $6 Million Bond Campaign

Though public details for the Metropolitan Transit Authority’s upcoming bond campaign are still scarce, the agency is gearing up for an all-out campaign to convince voters of the need for its passage. According to Metro’s records, the agency is anticipating spending, at least, $6.1 million on advertising for the upcoming countywide bond. They are prohibited from using tax dollars to explicility campaign for the bond, so the money will be spent on an “educational” campaign focused on Harris County voters.

Metro is planning a broad-based educational campaign, spending $2.2 million on radio promotion, $3.7 million on television ads, nearly $100,000 on Facebook ads, and just over $60,000 to advertise the bond on the windows of 600 its buses.

The costs are shocking when you consider that this isn’t an outside, adjacent political action committee that is raising funds to spend on promoting the bond. This is a tax-funded agency spending, $6.1 million to convince taxpayers to allow them to borrow roughly $3 billion to then be repaid with tax dollars.

As the campaign for the upcoming bond ramps up, voters should do their best to cut through the noise and take a sober look at the proposal and associated costs.


  • Doug
    July 26, 2019

    How is this legal? I thought public entities could not use tax money to influence elections.

  • Paul Magaziner
    July 26, 2019

    A misuse of our Transportation Sales Tax Dollars.!

    One could say a The Metro Board led by Princess Patman and Deputy Dog CEO Lambert have violated their Fiduciary Duties!

  • IJ
    August 2, 2019

    Do you have any links or document scans for the campaign advertising budget? Anecdotally, it seems as if their advertising is ramping up, but I’d love to see some more details. Thanks.

  • Jack MacDonough
    September 8, 2019

    voters should do their best to cut through the noise and take a sober look at the proposal and associated costs.

    I’ll be shocked if this recommendation is possible to follow. My guess is any “educational content” (can’t call it advertising as advertising by a government agency would be illegal) will be long on pretty graphics and big promises, but short on how the proposal will actually be implemented or how much it will actually cost.

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