Sunday, November 15, 2015

Dark money group backs Ducey's education scheme

It's not a plan. Prop 123 is a scheme to liberate the money owed to K-12 for more tax cuts - cuts that Dicey promised in his campaign. As usual, if you want to understand the perfidy you need to follow the money. Here's the trace from Arizona's Politics about an out-of-state dark money group that will be running ads supporting Dicey's scheme.

The American Federation for Children has purchased $2,000 worth of spots on Sunday news shows in Phoenix.

The spot is not yet available, although the media buyer for the AFC did tell Arizona's Politics that he would pass it along as soon as he could.

The American Federation for Children spent more than $310,000 on Arizona elections in 2014, most at the state legislative level. Arizona's Politics assigned AFC a #50ShadesOfDarkMoney shade of 40 at the time. Here is how that was arrived at:

AFC is a 501(c )(4) social non-welfare corporation that has received notoriety for its lack of disclosure, for its founders' backgrounds, for name changes and campaign fines. It is led by Betsy DeVos, from the Amway and Blackwater families, and has received several million dollars from Walton family members. These have not been disclosed by AFC (here is their most recent IRS filing from 2012), but has been uncovered by reporters during their involvement in otherschool choice campaigns in other states. The website does not disclose any funding sources, either.

AFC receives a very dark gray shade of dark money - a number 40 on our scale.

But, after all, this is Arizona. Why should we be surprised?

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