Sunday, October 30, 2016

Follow the Money: Students First PAC Spends to Privatize Democratically Governed Public Education In PA

Blogger note: Not familiar with Students First PAC?  Here's a little background:

“Of the roughly $104,000 that Excellent Schools PA has raised, $75,000 came from another political committee called Students First PAC, which is funded almost entirely by the three wealthy pro-voucher, pro-charter Bala Cynwyd donors who gave $5 million to Williams' 2010 gubernatorial campaign”
Reprise 2015: Dave Davies off mic: Philadelphia School Partnership related political committee gives to Williams' campaign
by Dave Davies for NewsWorks February 9, 2015 — 8:29pm
The Philadelphia School Partnership, the nonprofit that last week offered the School District $25 million to expand charter schools, now has an affiliated political action committee that has donated $7,000 to the mayoral campaign of State Sen. Anthony Williams of Philadelphia.  Mark Gleason, executive director of PSP, says his organization has focused on investing in schools and lobbying for change in Harrisburg. But it saw a need to affect the political process directly "because many of the policies that hold back Philadelphia schools and schools around the commonwealth are state policies."  As a nonprofit organization, PSP can't make political contributions. The new PAC, called Excellent Schools PA,  is technically distinct from PSP, but Gleason signed its registration statement in September and its officers are closely affiliated with PSP or its lobbying arm, Philadelphia School Advocacy Partners



Contributions to Students First PAC in 2016
Source: PA Dept. of State Campaign Finance Online Reporting



Contributor
Date
Amount





Arthur Dantchik
2/2/2016
$33,333.33


2/23/2016
$24,000.00


3/8/2016
$100,000.00


9/22/2016
$100,000.00


10/14/2016
$100,000.00





Jeffrey Yass
2/2/2016
$33,333.33


2/23/2016
$24,000.00


3/8/2016
$100,000.00


9/22/2016
$100,000.00


10/14/2016
$100,000.00





Joel Greenberg
2/2/2016
$33,333.33


2/23/2016
$24,000.00


3/8/2016
$100,000.00


9/22/2016
$100,000.00


10/14/2016
$100,000.00





Total

$1,071,999.99






Contributions by Students First PAC in 2016
Source: PA Dept. of State Campaign Finance Online Reporting


Recipient
Date
Amount
From
Aument for Senate
10/27/2016
$5,000.00

Aument for Senate
10/27/2016
$5,000.00
ESP
Aument for Senate
10/28/2016
$5,000.00
EOP
Bloom, Stephen for the 199th
6/23/2016
$500.00
ESP
Build PA PAC
6/1/2016
$10,000.00

Build PA PAC
6/14/2016
$5,000.00
EOP
Build PA PAC
6/15/2016
$3,000.00
ESP
Cephas, Morgan Friends For
4/12/2016
$1,000.00

Cephas, Morgan Friends For
4/12/2016
$1,000.00

Cephas, Morgan Friends For
4/12/2016
$1,000.00

Cephas, Morgan Friends For
8/16/2016
$500.00
ESP
Christiana, Jim Citizens for
10/13/2016
$2,500.00
EOP
Citizens Alliance of PA PAC
3/18/2016
$100,000.00

Davidson, Margo Friends of
3/28/2016
$5,000.00

Davidson, Margo Friends of
4/11/2016
$1,000.00
ESP
Disanto for Senate
2/5/2016
$5,000.00

Education Opportunity PAC $62,500 passthru (as EOP)
2/8/2016


Excellent Schools PA $52,000 passthru (as ESP)
3/11/2016


Kampf, Warren Friends of
9/14/2016
$500.00
ESP
Killion, Thomas Victory Com
3/10/2016
$5,000.00
ESP
Killion, Thomas Victory Com
3/10/2016
$5,000.00
ESP
Killion, Thomas Victory Com
3/28/2016
$5,000.00

Killion, Thomas Victory Com
3/28/2016
$5,000.00

McGinnis, John Friends of
3/22/2016
$5,000.00

Pugliese, Anthony Friends of
2/5/2016
$2,500.00

Pugliese, Anthony Friends of
4/25/2016
$1,000.00
ESP
Pugliese, Anthony Friends of
4/25/2016
$1,000.00
ESP
Pugliese, Anthony Friends of
4/25/2016
$4,000.00

Quinn, Chris Friends of
6/28/2016
$1,000.00
ESP
Regan, Mike for Senate
3/10/2016
$10,000.00

Regan, Mike for Senate
4/18/2016
$10,000.00

Regan, Mike for Senate
4/18/2016
$1,500.00
EOP
Regan, Mike for Senate
4/18/2016
$1,500.00
EOP
Regan, Mike for Senate
4/20/2016
$1,500.00
ESP
Regan, Mike for Senate
4/20/2016
$1,500.00
ESP
Santora, Jamie Friends of
4/7/2016
$3,000.00
EOP
Saylor, Stan Citizens for
4/9/2016
$15,000.00
ESP
Saylor, Stan Citizens for
4/9/2016
$5,000.00

Saylor, Stan Citizens for
5/14/2016
$5,000.00
EOP
Scarnati, Joseph Friends of
6/16/2016
$1,500.00
ESP
Scarnati, Joseph Friends of
6/16/2016
$5,000.00
EOP
Shapiro, Josh for Pennsylvania
3/10/2016
$100,000.00

Taylor, John Com to Elect
4/30/2016
$5,000.00
ESP
Torsella, Joe Friends of
2/8/2016
$10,000.00

Torsella, Joe Friends of
9/29/2016
$5,000.00

Truitt, Dan Friends of
8/29/2016
$1,000.00
ESP
Truitt, Dan Friends of
8/29/2016
$1,000.00

Truitt, Dan Friends of
9/29/2016
$5,000.00

Truitt, Dan Friends of
10/24/2016
$10,000.00

Turzai, Mike Leadership Fund
6/3/2016
$5,000.00
EOP
Turzai, Mike Leadership Fund
10/19/2016
$5,000.00
ESP
Turzai, Mike Leadership Fund
10/19/2016
$25,000.00
EOP
Williams for Senate
3/9/2016
$25,000.00

Williams for Senate
4/20/2016
$2,500.00
ESP
           Total

$445,500.00



Follow the Money 2014: Who gave/received school privatization contributions in Pennsylvania in 2014
Six millionaires/billionaires contributed $1,482,604 to privatize democratically-governed Pennsylvania public education.

FOLLOW THE VOUCHER MONEY: Students First PAC 2012





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