That's not my title - that's KUOW's for Ann Dornfeld very good piece on the one contested school board race - Sue Peters and Suzanne Dale Estey in District IV.
Seattle school board candidate Suzanne Dale Estey and her supporters
are poised to raise more money than any other school board candidate in
state history – even though a Washington state law passed last year put a
cap on campaign contributions in school board races.
catch: Although campaign contributions are capped, donors can give to
political action committees that support the board candidates. That has
raised questions about whether a handful of rich donors could sway the
school board races this year.
How much money:
The Great Seattle Schools PAC is not the first in the state to fund
school board races. But it is the most flush. Campaign finance records
show that the PAC has brought in $100,405 so far. Almost all of the
money raised came from just a few people, including retired Microsoft
executive Chris Larson and venture capitalist Nick Hanauer.
That spending is in addition to the $105,375 Dale Estey’s campaign has
raised in direct contributions, compared with Peters' war chest
But Dornfeld goes beyond the numbers and puts out a big issue in public education today:
The spending highlights a fundamental conflict in public education
today: Whether a wealthy few have too much influence on education
policy, or whether they fund critical education reforms that help
Dale Estey points out that many people do work in the private sector and so why not business people and corporate donations. She also says she's not "in anyone's pocket."
But, again, wealthy people do NOT give money to political campaigns without some kind of agenda in mind. Only a young or naive person would believe it's just that Dale Estey is the better candidate. You just don't be that kind of action - getting a PAC set up for you, getting the head of Microsoft to donate, etc. - if there is not a larger agenda.
Sue Peters' take?
But Peters said it can’t be ignored who has spent the most to get her opponent elected to the school board.
[progressive political columnist] Molly Ivins said, 'You’ve gotta dance
with them what brung ya,' and the people who are bringing my opponent
are the corporate ed reform people.