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The Story of Pro-charter Money in the 2014 Election
This is the story of how pro-charter money entered the WCCUSD school board race in 2014.
Summary: In 2014, the Chamberlins and the California Charter Schools Association Advocates Independent Expenditure Committee together spent a combined $650,000 to control the outcome of the election for WCCUSD Board members. More than 90% of that money was provided as independent expenditures to support and oppose candidates. Click here for summary spreadsheet
A local PAC forms, called “Parents for Better Education,” for the purpose of opposing Measure H, which was a bond measure to continue the district-wide building program. Unsurprisingly, the PAC founders were district critics of the Bond program. See 20140522_Form465_ParentsForBetterEducation_OpposeMeasureH5.6K.pdf
Liz Block is supported by James Koshland, a Silicon Valley attorney, Education Matters (the local organization that is connected with Steve Chamberlin), and a Layfayette business called, “Interstate Storage.” See
Cuevas and Block both receive hefty but “normal” individual donations from both Stephen Chamberlin and Susan Chamberlin -- $2,500. See
The California Charter Schools Association Advocates Independent Expenditure Committee files an Independent Expenditure Report recording that they spent $22,334 to oppose Peter Chau. See: 20141031_Form496_CCSAAdvocIndepExpComm_Oppose_Chau22K.pdf
This is when we started to find out about the big money.
In late February, that same organization – the California Charter Schools Association Advocates Independent Expenditure Committee filed two independent expenditure reports showing that they supported Liz Block with $111,000 and Valerie Cuevas with more than $87,000. See:
In late April, Education Matters, a 501(c)(4) Political Action Committee founded by Stephen and Susan Chamberlin, filed six Supplemental Independent Expenditure Reports that revealed they spent the following big bucks to control the election:
At the end of July, a full 9 months after the election, the Cuevas campaign filed its Recipient Committee report, which lists all her donors in two time groups – Jan 1-Sept30, 2014, and Oct 1-Oct 18, 2014. Not a lot of surprises, but interesting nonetheless. See:
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