For background on the CIA torture/Mafia etc. connections of ACS, see: "The Lexington Comair Crash, Parts 1-5"
"... 'The program, as currently envisioned by our [ACS] team, would include writing and placing one or more articles in the local, daily newspaper of the county's choice,' the contract stated. 'ACS experience shows that outreach to traffic reporters and commuter journalists such as Dr. Gridlock of The Washington Post increases support and understanding of the program. ...' The Post's Dr. Gridlock column regularly reprints the information fed to it by ACS without critical analysis or counterpoint and ignoring the paper's own 2005 expose on the increase in accidents caused by the cameras in the nation's capital. ..."
The camera company is responsible for generating "statistics on the program" and "reports on the accomplishments of the program," giving the company with a direct financial interest in the program the role of passing judgment on the program's effectiveness. The statistics, after ACS finishes "clarifying" and "amplifying" the data, will help the company avoid spending time "defending the program to a dissatisfied public."
To accomplish this, the company promised to "nurture" relationships with the local media. The most receptive, ACS claimed, has been The Washington Post.
The Post's Dr. Gridlock column regularly reprints the information fed to it by ACS without critical analysis or counterpoint and ignoring the paper's own 2005 expose on the increase in accidents caused by the cameras in the nation's capital.
Under the terms of the contract, ACS agreed to design the speed camera ticket, write all of the content for the county's speed enforcement website, provide "public outreach" and opinion polling. It would create a detailed plan with a schedule of events and timeline, regularly updated for as long as the automated ticketing machines are in use. ACS planned the very first event held by the county to kick off the program.
Under the contract, ACS agreed to fund at least three public opinion surveys designed to build public support with carefully tailored results.
A copy of the contract excerpt is available in a 700k PDF at the source link below.
Source: Community Awareness Campaign: Montgomery County (Affiliated Computer Services, 1/1/2006)