Saturday, September 25, 2010

Where Does the Stand for Children PAC Get Their Money From?

Publicola had an interesting article yesterday about political donations by education groups; what jumped out at me was the amount of money that Stand for Children has been putting into races around the state. It begs a question: who are their donors?

Well, you've got $25,000 from Connie Ballmer, the wife of Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. You've got David Nierenberg, a fellow who's made a killing on the stock market, in for $20,000. Lisa Wissner-Slivka is a Microsoft retiree, also $20,000. Judy Bushnell, formerly of the Bellevue School Board and wife of Ward Bushnell, who made his money from Genie Industries--$15,000. Jon Runstad, downtown developer and well-known philanthropist--$10,000. Rajeev Singh, who makes this list of richest executives for his work with Concur Technologies: $10,000.

That's $100,000 from 6 people. Not bad, given that their cash donations total about $130,000 right now. Farther down the list you can a member of the Seattle City Council (Tim Burgess, $1,000), someone who wanted to be (Jordan Royer, $50), Stand for Children's Executive Director (Shannon Campion, $250), one of the legislatures most strident ed reform guys (Reuven Carlyle, $250), and the Chair of the Washington State Board of Education (Mary Jean Ryan, $250). Burgess and Ryan are both donors to the League of Education Voters PAC, too, at $500 and $300 respectively.

Ed reform is a money game. For a group that's only been on the scene here in Washington for a few years, Stand for Children is playing that game very well.

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