Electioneering Complaint Filed Against National Voucher Group
The indefatigable Wisconsin Democracy Campaign (WDC) filed
a complaint with the Government Accountability Board (GAB) claiming that the
national voucher group American Federation for Children didn’t disclose all of
the money it spent on Wisconsin campaigns in 2012.
AFC told its supporters that it had spent almost
$2.4 million on Wisconsin campaigns and candidates last year.
But they reported to the state GAB that it only
spent $345,000 on candidates. The rest of the money was spent on so-called
AFC has a long and sordid past, and its present
isn’t that much tidier.
It’s the employer of controversial Republican leader
Scott Jensen and gets much of its funding from Michigan billionaires Dick and
Interestingly, WDC includes in its complaint the
AFC’s report to its members.
The “impact report” claims that AFC spent $2,392,000
in Wisconsin last year and brags about how voucher backers are helping to “strengthen” school
choice in Milwaukee and Racine, is creating a special needs voucher and wants
to expand the charter school authorizing body. They brag about spending more
than $325,000 on Rick Gudex’s campaign, which helped to turn the Senate
What AFC didn’t brag about, though, is the string of
losers that it backed in the Democratic primaries last summer.
AFC dumped at least $100,000 in support of the
losing campaigns of Elizabeth Coggs, Millie Coby, Jason Fields, Jarrett Fields
and Tracey Dent.
Democratic voters rejected all of them.
Still, the AFC does have at least one Democratic
supporter in the state Legislature.
According to her latest Statement of Economic
Interests filed with the GAB, Democratic Sen. Lena Taylor received a $1,000
scholarship to attend AFC's convention.
(Taylor also received a $1,250 scholarship to attend the convention of Howard Fuller’s Black Alliance for Educational Opportunity.)