KAYSER IS UNDER-DOG IN ELECTION AS CCSA IS ON TRACK FOR ANOTHER ALL-TIME SPENDING RECORD IN A SCHOOL BOARD ELECTION
California Charter Schools Association’s (CCSA) political arm, the CCSA
Advocates, has dumped three quarters of a million dollars into
defeating Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Board member
Bennett Kayser and for promoting Dr. Ref Rodriguez, a member of CCSA’s
own Board of Directors. While the issues facing the District are many
and varied, this single-issue advocacy group has compressed debate to a
simplistic pro- or anti-charter discussion.
With just three days left before Election Day, the trade organization and its candidateare $277,543.68 ahead in campaign expenditures.
As of 2/25/15, a total of $412,615.34 has been spent in favor of
Rodriguez with another $373,762.82 spent maliciously attacking Kayser.
over a quarter million dollar advantage, CCSAA has flooded the
airwaves, radio waves, social media, mailboxes and phones. Over the next
four days, this gap is expected to increase even more given the large
pot of money stashed in Sacramento by the b/millionaires.
Blume recently reported in the Los Angeles Times (2/26/15) that prior to
the December filing deadline, one billionaire gave the political action
committee (PAC) $1.5 million, an out-of-state Republican gave $450,000,
and an out-of-state Republican Walmart heir kicked in $250,000 to the
group’s large political pot.
By running its money through a
Sacramento PAC, CCSAA has bypassed local reporting rules that require a
much higher level of transparency. Once past the December deadline, the
next time CCSA Advocates report is August 2015, at which point voters
will learn who gave what in their local school board race. If necessary,
there will be a general election in May, once again, voters will be
without key information about the rich out-of-town Republicans paying to
promote charter school growth in Los Angeles.
overwhelming majority of Bennett Kayser donors represent the 99% who
rely on public education. It will be their volunteering and their small
donations that conquer Goliath.
for by Re-Elect Bennett Kayser for School Board 2015 – 419 North
Larchmont Blvd., #37, Los Angeles, CA 90004 – ID #1361502 – Additional
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