After publishing the blog post on Gov.-elect Greiten’s $100,000 in donations from the DeVos family, Progress Missouri learned that he’s taken almost $700,000 from donors with special charter school interests.
Randy Turner, a former teacher, newspaper reporter and editor, delved into these connections on his political blog, The Turner Report.
Among those contributing to Greitens:
- $275,000 from Bernard Marcus, founder of Home Depot. Marcus gave $250,000 to Families for Better Public Schools, a pro-charter committee in Georgia.
- $50,000 from Ron Weiser, one of the top contributors to the Great Lakes Education Project, an advocacy group for expanding so-called school choice and charter schools.
- $10,000 from Linda McMahon, former CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), who supports charter schools. She was on the Connecticut State Board of Education, as an outsider, before stepping down to raise campaign contributions.
- $125,000 from Julian Robertson, founder of Tiger Management, who gave $25 million to the Success Academy charter schools.
- $100,000 from Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, a private equity multi-millionaire who started the Rauner College Prep Charter Schools.
- $100,000 (five $20,000 contributions) from the DeVos family of Michigan, which originally found the pro-voucher group All Children Matter and Amway.
- $10,000 from Bill Bloomfield, chairman of Baron Real Estate, who spent more than three million dollars trying unsuccessfully to elect former charter school executive Marshall Tuck as state superintendent of public instruction in California and contributed $2.1 million to Ed Voice, which fights teacher tenure laws.
- $25,000 from Marlene Ricketts, Chicago Cubs owner. The Cubs charity contributes considerable money to Chicago charter schools.
So many donations from influential, out of state, education privatization proponents. We can only assume these folks will want a return on their investments.