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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

Education PACS operating in our area in 2016

(source http://cal-access.ss.ca.gov/Campaign/Committee)
Name Filer # Phone # 2015-16 Contributors from WCCUSD Players (updated 11/6/2016 2015-16 Contributions Made Directly to East Bay Politicians or Ballot Measures [or statewide] (updated 11/6/2016) *incumbent 2015-16 Independent Expenditures for/against East Bay Politicians (updated 11/6/2016)
Students for Education Reform - Action Network (SFER-AN) 1368259 347- 466-2293 - unclear - forms not filed - Tom Panas (support) 21,466 Tom Panas (support) $31,855
      Miriam Stephanie Sequeira $28,625
'Miriam Stephanie Sequeira (support) $29,506
Charter Schools PAC, Sponsored by California Charter School Association Advocates 1302433 916 -442-7757 From John Scully $7k *To Tony Thurmond (Asm Dist 15 - $1500) -no activity filed to date-
From Regina Scully $7k *To Steve Glazer (Calif Senate Dist 7 - $4200)
From Stephen Chamberlin $7k *To Catharine Baker (Asm Dist 16 - $5,700)
From Susan Chamberlin $7K To Bill Dodd (Calif Senate Dist 3 - $3,200) (incumbent is not seeking re-election)
From Ron Beller $5k To Tim Grayson (Asm Dist 14 - $4,200) (incumbent is not seeking re-election)
From Jennifer Moses $5k  
Contra Costa Charter Advocates for Great Public Schools, Sponsored by California Charter Schools Association 1387939 510- 932-2022 -no activity filed to date- -no activity filed to date- -no activity filed to date-
        To Stephanie Sequeira for WCCUSD School Board -$199,850
 
Parent Teacher Alliance, sponsored by California Charter Schools Association Advocates Independent Expenditure Committee 1367043 916- 442-7757 From CCSA Advocates Independent Expenditure Committee PAC (#1339522) $4.9M To Tom Panas for WCCUSD School Board - $155,394  
To Re-elect Amber Childress for Alameda Cty School Board - $17,500 Amber Childress (Alameda Cty School Board support $8,224)
To Re-Elect Ken Berrick for Alameda Cty School Board - $17,500  
        To Stephanie Sequeira for WCCUSD School Board - $25,461
 
        To Tom Panas for WCCUSD School Board - $82,023  
Education Matters PAC 1372949 925-  227-0707 From Stephen Chamberlin $175K To Richmond Kids First ($10K) -no activity filed to date-
From Susan Chamberlin $175K [To California Charter Schools Association Advocates Independent Expenditure Committee #1389522 ($350K)]
California Charter Schools Association Advocates Issues Committee 1343062 916- 442-7757 -no East Bay activity filed to date- To the "No on B1" campaign in Alameda ($10K) -no East Bay activity filed to date-
Charter Community Political Action Committee, Sponsored by California Charter Schools Association Advocates 1370000 916- 442-7757 From CCSA Advocates Independent Expenditure Committee PAC (#1389522) $13K -no East Bay activity filed to date- -no East Bay activity filed to date-
  1339522 916- 442-7757 From John Scully $836K [To California Democratic Party ($111K)] Steve Glazer (support) $786K
California Charter Schools Association Advocates Independent Expenditure Committee   From Education Matters PAC (#1372949) $350K [To California Republican Party ($45K)] Valerie Cuevas (support) $9K
      [To Parent Teacher Alliance Sponsored by CCSA #1367043 $4.6M] Liz Block (support) $9K
Equality California Political Action Committee 1254010 213- 624-6200 From CCSA Advocates Independent Expenditure Committee PAC (#1389522) $35K To Nancy Skinner State Senate District 09 ($5K) -no East Bay activity filed to date-
From Parent Teacher Alliance Sponsored by CCSA PAC (#1367043) $136K
Parents United for Responsible Education (PURE) PAC Sponsored by California Charter School Association Advocates 1364315 916- 285-5733 From CCSA Advocates Independent Expenditure Committee PAC (#1389522) $62K -no East Bay activity filed to date- -no East Bay activity filed to date-

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