Charter Schools USA Big Money Efforts to Influence Florida Policy

Scathing Purple Musings noted in the blog post about Rep. George Moraitis’ HB 377 that Charter Schools USA donated $1000 to his campaign less than a month before he filed the bill. And also this in an earlier post:

There was no election last fall, but Charter Schools USA made three contributions starting in August totaling $8500. One of those for $2500 (9/24/13) went to a new Electioneering Communications Organization (EOC),  And Justice For All. The other two went to – unsurprisingly – the Republican Party for Florida for $5000 and Rep. George Moraitis (R-Fort Lauderdale) Moraitis is the vice chair of the Choice and Innovation Subcommittee and sponsored a bill last year that Charter Schools USA wanted badly.

It turns out that two Charter Schools USA executives – Sherry Hage ($952.84 on 11/14/2013) and Bob Haag ($1000 0n 12/4/2013) also made  contributions to Moraitis. In the case of Hage, the “In Kind” donations has been her only one during the election cycle. Haag has made two others – one to Rep. Janet Adkins (R-Fernandina Beach) ($500 on 9/30/20013) and the other to Sen. Maria Sachs (D-Fort Lauderdale) ($500 on 9/18/2013).

Charter Schools USA CEO made two campaign contributions on (9/30/13). One, a modest $500 to Republican Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam. The other, a stunning donation of $50,000 to Rick Scott’s electioneering organization (EOC), Let’s Get to Work.

Charter Schools USA and their executives clearly have targeted Moraitis- the sponsor of HB 377 –  with almost $3000 in contributions. Johanthan Hage’s whopping contribution to Scott’s EOC coupled with his corporation’s contribution to another EOC, And Justice for All signals that they expect “school choice” advertising and advocacy over the airways.

Will it come as soon as this month to support Moraitis bill?


About Bob Sikes

A long time ago and a planet far, far away I was an athletic trainer for the New York Mets. I was blessed to be part of the now legendary 1986 World Series Championship. My late father told me that I'd one day be thankful I had that degree in teaching from Florida State University. He was right and I became twice blesses to become a teacher in the late 1990's. After dabbling with writing about the Mets and then politics, I settled on education.
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2 Responses to Charter Schools USA Big Money Efforts to Influence Florida Policy

  1. Pingback: Jeb Bush Admits Strength Of Opposition To Common Core Is Gaining, Calls Them "Childish" » Florida Parents Rise

  2. You may be confusing Robert (BOB) Haag with Sherry’s husband Jonathon Hage. Robert Haage is the Superintendent for Charter Schools of Excellence.

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