Recently, I’ve been covering the city of Austin’s rules that govern transportation network companies for the Austin Monitor.
In a 9-2 vote, Austin City Council voted last month to adopt a new ordinance that would require drivers for TNCs like Uber, Lyft and Get Me to submit their fingerprints for a federal background search. The companies oppose this, as they have in other cities, and waged war via a political action committee called Ridesharing Works for Austin.
The PAC utilized a chapter of the city charter that requires council to either vote to overturn the ordinance or push the decision to a city-wide vote upon receiving a petition requesting as much with at least 20,000 valid signatures.
The petition was presented to the city this week, paving the way for either a council decision reversal or a city-wide vote, in which case the PAC would likely raise and spend boucoups moolah on encouraging voters who support TNCs to vote.
So how has the PAC raised – and spent – money so far? Please admire the following graphic, my latest attempt to keep my data journalism class skills fresh (data courtesy of the PAC’s report from 12/28/15-12/31/15, filed with the city here).