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madfloridian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-28-11 02:50 PM
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1. DeVos doesn't take offense that they are "buying influence" She admits it. /

"Or consider Greg Brock, the American Federation For Childrens Executive Director, who just happens to also be Executive Director of a group called All Children Matter, which lobbies for vouchers: again, for public subsidies of private, for-profit education. Betsy Devos is at the head of All Children Matter; according to, she once admitted that her financial support for politicians like Senator Hopper is motivated entirely by a quid pro quo:

I know a little something about soft money, as my family is the largest single contributor of soft money to the national Republican Party. I have decided, however, to stop taking offense at the suggestion that we are buying influence. Now I simply concede the point. They are right. We do expect some things in return. Betsy DeVos (Roll Call, 1997)

Finally, its interesting to note that All Children Matter was apparently bankrolled back in 2004 by Wal-Mart heir John Walton. Just what we need: publicly funded but privately owned Wal-Marts of education! When that robo-call from the American Federation For Children today warned me about unnamed special interests that dont have the welfare of children in mind, it was right."

Here is more from PFAW about All Children Matter...the two groups apparently both run by DeVos.

"Dick and Betsy DeVos started All Children Matter (ACM) in the spring of 2003, to recruit, train and fund candidates who will promote vouchers across the country. Today, ACM Inc, a federal "527" organization, is the lead organization of a network of affiliates classified as state or federal Political Action Committee's (PACs), which can donate money directly to and campaign on behalf of political candidates. With its base of wealthy funders and ability to stealthily intervene in local, state and federal political races, the ACM network is an effective tool for the movement to privatize public education.

All Children Matter was started to fund pro-voucher political candidates

Aside from donating directly to campaigns, ACM also funds slick 'issue ads' that heavily favor pro-voucher candidates.

In 2004, ACM paid for fliers in support of President Bush's re-election campaign in Florida. The fliers do not mention vouchers, privatization or even the Right's favorite euphemism "school choice." The flier falsely claimed that Senator John Kerry "opposed equal opportunity in education" and stated that President Bush supported increased education funding. Campaign finance laws require political groups to clearly identify themselves on their ads. Though the phrase "no matter what, All Children Matter" appears at the bottom of the flier, ACM inc. does not explicitly claim responsibility for it.

...In the summer of 2004, the estate of Wal-Mart heir John Walton donated more than $2 million to All Children Matter-Virginia, which, according to the Virginia Public Access Project promptly funneled money to an affiliate group in Florida. The Florida group then spent that money to support pro-voucher candidates in the state, without having to disclose the individuals who donated it. Relevant disclosure forms for the Florida groups will show only that money came in from All Children Matter-Virginia, with no disclosure of a connection to the Walton family. All Children Matter-Virginia appears to be the centerpiece of this scheme. ACM-VA is seeing an unprecedented cash flow even though it can only spend money in Virginia on state races and there are none in 2006. ACM-VA acts a conduit to stealthfully distribute money to other states."

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