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Strategic Grant Partners

Dark money is a hard story to understand precisely because the wealthy interests behind it don't want us to understand it. But we can do a better job if journalists make it a priority and regulators give them some help.

The dark money sharks of 2012 and 2016 also had a hidden interest in the 2013 Boston mayor's race.


Recent education policy shifts in Massachusetts have been directed by a handful of wealthy sharks who have hidden behind dark money. Until now.

Twenty million dollars in dark money poured into Massachusetts from New York on Question 2, and all the New Yorkers came away with was a familiar chant.

Among the pots of gold exploited by dark money givers to Question 2: the pensions of Massachusetts teachers, and the American taxpayer.

Pro-charter Great Schools Massachusetts isn't a grassroots coalition of parents. It's a creature of a shadowy organization known as Strategic Grant Partners.

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