Great Schools Massachusetts
It's a disturbing fact: when we're talking dark money in Massachusetts politics, we're talking covert money from offshore interests.
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The Office of Campaign and Political Finance has the power to force Great Schools Massachusetts and Families for Excellent Schools to come clean about the true source of $16 million in secret cash spent in the charter schools campaign. Massachusetts citizens deserve that day of reckoning.
Shouldn't voters in a democracy have at a minimum the right to know who is spending millions to influence their votes? Not according the the pro-charters campaign.
Had either the Boston Globe or the governor shown a bit more curiosity about the over $14 million that has already poured into the state on behalf of the yes on 2 campaign, we might know more about who is really behind all those TV ads.
It's a small town. It turns out the Boston Globe, which has in the past been a client of Keyser Public Strategies, today endorsed another client of Keyser Public Strategies, "Yes on 2'.
Trying to follow the dark money behind the committees favoring Question 2 on charter schools is like watching a game of three card monte on Boston Common. But in this case the dealers are New York billionaires and the marks are the citizens of Massachusetts.
A new report from Steve LeBlanc of AP shows that Dark Money Great Schools Massachusetts of New York has spent millions more than previously reported on TV ads, mostly in dark money. You the voter, the citizen, have no right to know where that money came from. Where's the outrage?
We can't tell why the wealthy individuals behind Great Schools Massachusetts are funding the pro-charters campaign - that's the essence of dark money after all. But social science offers us some theories - what's in it for the rich? Boardroom Progressives or self-serving Rich People's Movement?