It’s clear that for-profit charter schools are putting last-minute cash into the campaign coffers of chosen candidates. Another case in point is republican Libby Perez in her bid to win Tuesday’s race against incumbent Rep. Jeanette Nunez. Have the powers even chosen sides?
On the surface, it would appear so as evidenced by the Republican Party of Florida’s contributions to Nunez’ campaign and not Perez’. Records show that during July, the RPOF transferred over $17, 000 to Nunez campaign while giving none to Perez. This represents unprecedented favoritism. Moreover, the word is out in republican establishment circles as Nunez’ haul swamps Perez’ 8 to 1.
The usual suspects from the for-profit charter school crowd have donated to Nunez’ camapign too.
* On 7/31/12 Nunez received $500 from charter school funded PAC Teacher, Principals and Parents United for Florida Schools
* On 8/2/ 12 Nunez received $500 from Charter Schools USA
* On the same day that Charter Schools USA made their donation its construction and development arm, Red Apple Development made a $500 contribution.
Nunez was a co-sponsor of the Parent Trigger bill on the House side last March. She was listed on a report released last summer of Florida republican lawmakers who have attended a conference of controversial power-broker ALEC. A pro-education privatization group, ALEC is suspected of writing the Parent Trigger bill that Nunez co-sponsored.
The RPOF last-minute move of cash into Nunez campaign appears desperate. The Florida representative had an ethics complaint filed against her Friday for mailing flyers outside her district from her legislative office.