Money in the 2016 Election
The story of Pro-Public School privatization money in the 2016 election is unfolding as we speak. This page is where we’ll report the latest that we know. Please send us tips via email or our phone number (above) if you find out something that isn’t posted here.
High Level Summary
January – August 2016:
The oligarchs that are players in our community have made their large seed donations to various Political Action Committees (PACs), including several sponsored by the California Charter School Association (CCSA). This includes:
- $350,000 funneled from Stephen and Susan Chamberlin to their Education Matters PAC, and then given to the CCSA Advocates Independent Expenditures Committee.
- $486,000 from John Scully to the CCSA Advocates Independent Expenditures Committee.
- Another $14K from each of the power couples operating charter interests in WCCUSD to a CCSA-related PAC set up to influence Assembly and State Senate races:
- Chamberlins (Stephen and Susan)
- Scullys (John and Regina)
- Beller/Moses (Ron and Jennifer)
*If you need a quick primer on who our local East Bay Assembly persons and State Senators are, please see Assembly Districts in the Northern East Bay and Senate Districts in the Northern East bay.
- A PAC is set up called, “Contra Costa Charter Advocates for Great Public Schools, Sponsored by California Charter Schools Association” with a phone number connected to Caliber Beta Academy.
- The CCSA sets up a PAC called, “Parent Teacher Alliance, sponsored by California Charter Schools Association Advocates Independent Expenditure Committee.” Note that the initials on mailers and in other ads are unscrupulously the same as the 100-year-old non-partisan PTA. Local East Bay spending from this PAC has gone to re-elect Alameda County Board of Education candidates who are pro-charter.
- Steve Glazer! He’s the State Senator from District 7, just over the hill in Orinda, and covering territory from Concord to Sunol. He’s the CCSA Man in the State Legislature, sponsoring ridiculous bills that shield charter schools from even the most basic oversight, while jabbing real public schools with more and more regulations. The CCSA has spent nearly $800,000 in this 2015-2016 cycle to support him directly and indirectly. No other state legislator has received more support from CCSA than Glazer. And the local angle is that Glazer’s District Director, Teresa Gerringer, recruited Liz Block to run for the WCCUSD board. He’s a Democrat, being challenged by a Republican, so the best strategy is to confront him directly. Ask your friends and relations living in that area to help stop the madness!
- In general, you can see there are tens of millions of dollars involved in these PACs, and the money shifts around between them.
- Note that Valerie Cuevas and several long-time district critics have called for a limit to individual donations to board candidate campaigns of $1,000. The proposed policy will not limit the contributions to Independent Expenditure Committees like the California Charter School Association and will not limit how much these committees can spend.
Stay tuned for more additions as they get reported.
Are you interested in who is spending to influence the 2016 Election?
Join us in following the money!
- See CCSA PAC
- Go to the CoCoVote website, and click on the CampaignDocs Web Public Access site link, which is in the middle of the page.
Once there, you can enter a candidate's name, a PAC name, the District name, etc. to follow the money.
Here are the 2016 Deadlines*
Aug 1 – Form 460 Recipient Committee Campaign Statement – to cover contributions Jan 1 - June 30, 2016
Aug 10 – Nov 8 – During the 90-day period before an election or on the date of the election, any committee or individual spending an aggregate $1,000 or more to support or oppose a candidate must file within 24 hours of the donation or expenditure. Applies to forms 496 (Indep Expenditure Report) and 497 (Contribution Report)
Sept 29 – Form 460 Recipient Committee Campaign Statement – to cover contributions July 1 – Sept 24, 2016
Oct 27 – Form 460 Recipient Committee Campaign Statement – to cover contributions Sept 25 – Oct 22, 2016
Jan 31, 2017 – Form 460 Recipient Committee Campaign Statement – to cover contributions Oct 23 – Dec 31, 2016
*contains more detail
Assembly Districts in the Northern East bay
14 - Susan Bonilla (Vallejo, Benicia, Port Chicago, Martinez, Concord, Pittsburg, Pleasant Hill, Clayton, Tassajara, Rodeo)
Incumbent is not seeking re-election – Mae Torlakson (D) and Tim Grayson (D) are the contenders for November 8, 2016
15 - Tony Thurmond (Hercules, Pinole, El Sobrante, San Pablo, Richmond, El Cerrito, Kensington, Albany, Berkeley, Piedmont, North part of Emeryville)
Incumbent is seeking re-election – Claire Chiara (R) is challenging him on November 8, 2016
18 - Rob Bonta (Alameda, San Leandro, southern parts of Oakland, Emeryville)
Incumbent is seeking re-election – Roseann Slonsky-Breault (R) is challenging him on November 8, 2016
Senate Districts in the Northern East bay
3 - Lois Wolk (Pleasant Hill, Martinez, Crockett, Benicia, Vallejo, and north up into Napa and Sonoma counties from Rohnert Park to Petaluma to Calistoga, to Woodland, Davis, Dixon, Vacaville, Walnut Grove, etc.) Incumbent is not seeking re-election – Bill Dodd (D) and Mariko Yamada (D) are the contenders for November 8, 2016
7 - Steve Glazer (Clyde, Pacheco, Concord, Clayton, Pittsburg, Antioch, Oakley, Brentwood, Knightsen, Discovery Bay, Byron, Walnut Creek, Lafayette, Moraga, Orinda, Canyon, Danville, Alamo, San Ramon, Dublin, Pleasanton, Livermore, Sunol)
Incumbent is seeking re-election. Joseph Alexander Rubay (R) is challenging him.
9 - Lonnie Hancock (Rodeo, Hercules, Pinole, El Sobrante, Richmond, San Pablo, El Cerrito, Kensington, Albany, Berkeley, Emeryville, Piedmont, Oakland, Alameda, San Leandro)
Incumbent is not seeking re-election – Nancy Skinner (D) and Sandre Swanson (D) are the contenders for November 8, 2016