Writes Beth Reinhard for the Wall Street Journal:
The educational foundation founded by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush paid about $3 million in 2013 and 2014 to a public affairs firm headed by a top political adviser, Mike Murphy.
Mr. Murphy is a partner at Revolution Agency in Alexandria, Va., which ran the Foundation for Excellence in Education’s Learn More, Go Further campaign marking the 15th anniversary of the former governor’s education overhaul. Mr. Murphy is also a top adviser to Right to Rise, the political committee that has been collecting millions of dollars since January as Mr. Bush explores a potential bid for the Republican presidential nomination.
The foundation’s Learn More, Go Further campaign in 2013 and 2014 included a website and other online media, television and radio ads, and live events in Florida to promote the state’s educational system.
An $841,652 payment to Revolution Agency from the Foundation for Excellence in Education was listed in its 2013 report to the Internal Revenue Service detailing revenues and expenses. The 2014 report is expected to show another $2.2 million payment to Revolution Agency, which had not previously contracted with the foundation. The foundation considered proposals from other firms before choosing Revolution.
Scathing Purple Musings wrote extensively last year about Learn More, Go Further and noted that the website and TV spots suddenly went silent after a brief shelf life. Bush announced his intention to seek the presidency in late 2014.
After taking down it list of corporate sponsors shortly after this blog started following Bush’s corporate backers in 2011, his foundation re-posted the list around the time Bush announced the creation of his exploratory committee. Four of those corporate sponsors – Exxon Mobil, Walmart, Microsoft and General Electric have also donated to the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation.