Charter School Industry – Big Donations to Malloy, No Oversight from Malloy administration
When it comes to Governor Dannel Malloy and the Charter School Industry, two things are certain. The campaign money from charter school advocates has been flowing into Malloy’s political operation at record levels while Malloy’s administration has been turning a blind eye to the fact that charter schools are violating Connecticut laws, regulations and policies.
Even the most cursory review of state and federal campaign finance reports reveal that Malloy’s pro-charter school agenda continues to pay “big dividends.”
Major donors associated with ConnCAN, the Achievement First charter school chain and other corporate education reform entities have donated in excess of $250,000 to Malloy’s Democratic State Central Committee in just the last four years.
Leading the way has been Jonathan Sackler, a member of both ConnCAN’s and Achievement First’s Board of Directors. Sackler and his immediate family have given Malloy’s state Democratic committee more than $116,000 and that doesn’t even count the donations that have come from Sackler’s political action committee, the Purdue Pharma PAC.
In addition to Sackler’s money, charter school executives and the financial backers of the corporate education reform movement have donated tens of thousands more to Malloy’s political aspirations in recent years
And as education advocate and school finance expert Wendy Lecker observed in an article Charter School Industry – Big Donations to Malloy, No Oversight from Malloy administration - Wait What?: