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The DeVos Family is once again buying political influence

April 11, 2016

According to recent reports from the Michigan Campaign Finance Network, the DeVos Family has once again out spent virtually everyone in the state when it comes to buying elections. Screen Shot 2016-04-11 at 3.50.48 AM

Based on data from the most recent Federal Election Commission findings, the DeVos Family spent $1.32 million on Super PAC funding. This includes money given to Marco Rubio’s Conservative Solutions PAC, A New Day for America PAC (John Kasich), Right to Rise PAC (Jeb Bush) and the CARLY for America PAC (pro-Florina).

The largest chunk of DeVos Family money was donated to Rubio’s Conservative Solutions PAC, despite the fact that Senator Rubio has recently dropped out of the race for the GOP nomination. This has not and will not deter the DeVos Family as they continue to be the largest electoral donor in Michigan. The DeVos Family also gives a substantial amount to the State Republican Committee, which can decide what races it want to give money to.  In many ways, the DeVos Family has been much more interested in state politics, as is evidenced by recent influence peddling with the state legislature

Speaking of buying State Policy

The other major campaign finance issue in Michigan has been the amount of money going to influence state education policy, particularly in Detroit.

The DeVos Family has contributed $1.22 million to individuals and two caucus committees. Betsy DeVos is front and center in the battle to get Charter Schools and private education as “schools of choice.” She recently made her views know in a February opinion piece published in the Detroit News

The state should “liberate all students from this woefully under-performing district model and provide in its place a system of schools where performance and competition create high-quality opportunities for kids.” The state “should expand school choice so students could use state education funds at the public or private school of their choice.”

Other potential reforms touted by Betsy DeVos: A-F letter grading for schools; alternative certification for teachers; and a ban on teacher sickouts. Here is where the DeVos Family spent their money on privatizing education in Michigan.

1. House Republican Campaign Committee, $480,000

2. Senate Republican Campaign Committee, $281,000

3. Gov. Rick Snyder, $34,000

4. Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, $20,400

5. Sen. Margaret O’Brien (R-Portage), $19,000

(Tie) 6. Rep. Brandt Iden (R-Oshtemo Twp.), $18,000

(Tie) 6. Rep. Holly Hughes (R-Montague), $18,000

(Tie) 6. Sen. Marty Knollenberg (R-Troy), $18,000

(Tie) 6. Sen. Wayne Schmidt (R-Traverse City), $18,000

(Tie) 10. Rep. John Bizon (R-Battle Creek), $16,000

(Tie) 10. Sen. Mike Kowall (R-White Lake), $16,000

(Tie) 10. Sen. Jim Marleau (R-Lake Orion), $16,00

(Tie) 13. Sen. Peter MacGregor (R-Rockford) $14,000

(Tie) 13. Rep. Klint Kesto (R-Commerce Twp.) $14,000

(Tie) 13. Rep. Tom Barrett (R-Potterville), $14,000

(Tie) 13. Sen. Phil Pavlov (R-St. Clair) $14,000

(Tie) 13. Sen. Goeff Hansen (R-Hart), $14,000

Betsy DeVos is a member of the American Federation for Children, a national right wing lobbying effort on privatizing education. 

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