My new master plan is to donate money to causes that I believe in to make change... but I'm gonig to do it with your money! Oh wait, that's ODOT's master plan.
Apparently they are "Titanium Level ($5,000+)" sponsors of the Bicycle Transporation Alliance. Who is the Bicycle Transportation Alliance? They do things like "make sure that our public transportation dollars are spent fairly, and result in streets that are safe and convenient for bicyclists. We also make sure policies that guide street design and transportation spending consider your two-wheeled needs."
But it's not just ODOT who gives to this private group. The Portland Office of Transportation and the City of Ashland - Planning Division also donate your money. (Maybe they should list "John Q. Taxpayer" as a 'Titanium Level" sponsor?)
Lot's of private non-profit groups deserve our support but that support should come directly from private citizens, companies and foundations. Not from government.