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Handful of rich school choice donors spend big in California

Handful of rich school choice donors spend big in California
Posted at 10:57 AM, May 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-13 13:57:30-04

Much of the funding for pro-school choice groups and candidates in California comes from a handful of wealthy donors.

An Associated Press analysis of top donors to school-choice ballot measure campaigns around the country found 48 individuals and couples provided most of the reported contributions to those initiatives since 2000.

Some of those top donors are major backers of pro-school choice candidates in California. Several are already pouring money into 2018 campaigns for governor and state schools chief in California.

 

Top California school choice donors include Netflix founder Reed Hastings, Gap founders Donald and Doris Fisher and KB Home founder Eli Broad. Members of the Walton family that founded Wal-Mart and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg have also contributed millions to California school choice groups.