On the Students Come First fundraising front ...

Two quick tidbits from our editorial board meeting this afternoon with state schools superintendent Tom Luna and Yes for Idaho campaign head Ken Burgess.

• Luna says he knows nothing about the $200,000 donated to Parents for Education Reform, another of the groups contributing to the campaign to uphold Luna's Students Come First K-12 overhaul. The money came from a group called Education Voters of Idaho, but the donor or donors to the group remain a mystery.

Luna said he doesn't know the identity of the donors. "I don't even know how many of them there are."

Secretary of State Ben Ysursa says he will probably demand the identity of the donors. Education Voters of Idaho spokesman John Foster says the group is a nonprofit, and its donors are shielded from disclosure. (More on this issue from John Miller of the Associated Press.)

• The proponents have received at least one big donation since the Sept. 30 filing deadline — a $50,000 check from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. This money was an outgrowth of a fundraiser held during the Republican National Convention and hosted by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Burgess said.

Burgess conceded that fundraising for Students Come First has gone slowly, as similar reform campaigns are going on in other states. But with Students Come First opponents raising $1.38 million through Sept. 30, with money coming almost exclusively from teachers' unions, Burgess is hoping to raise some late money.

"That may change some things for us."

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What was the point in this


Saying donations are new to politics?

Secret Donors?

The Koch Brothers?



How many

of them were there? How long ago was it? Which way did they go? I must find them! For I am their leader! TL

What I want to know

Is will local television and radio stations refuse to run these suspiciously funded ads? Since we all know the groups will stonewall the Secretary of States office until after the election. How about business showing some courage and not running the Yes on 1,2,&3 ad unless they disclose where their funding came from.

They CAN'T. They are required to air all paid ads without...

editorial action. It doesn't matter if they are the biggest lies ever, the provider has the right to air them.

You need to read up on this.


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Burgess need not worry about the money

"But with Students Come First opponents raising $1.38 million through Sept. 30, with money coming almost exclusively from teachers' unions,...."

Idaho voters don't need any more incentive than that to vote Yes on Propositions 1,2,3. The factory model of education is outmoded and so is the assembly worker mentality trying to preserve it.

Luna doesn't know

HAHAHAHA....yeah..okay...sure...probably the same for profits that paid for his election..

Different blogger. My comment remains the same.

Thank you Mr. Ysursa for standing in gap. For insisting on transparency regarding the mysterious $200,000 contribution to the Camouflaged "Nonprofit", Education Voters of Idaho designed to hide contributions.

Why did Nonini deep-six the Cronin legislation that would have created transparency, protected Idaho Citizens from bad actors in the troubled For-profit education industry. Wny did my Party deep-six Ethics Legislation? How much money did For-profit education companies Apollo Group/University of Phoenix, K-12 Corporation, etc pay Idaho Legislators the past two sessions?

Parents, Teachers, Students, and yes, even the teachers Union earned our trust.

Lobbyists, Legislators, and the trouble For-profit education industry did not.

Abramoff: "Fire up the jet baby, we're going to El Paso!!" Mike Scanlon: "I want all their MONEY!!!" Email interchange between Jack Abramoff and Mike Scanlon, February 6, 2002

Or as Luna said before

"I don't have a problem with it." Or was that his $70,000 per year spokesperson?

That was Luna

The $70,000 per year spokesperson prefaces everything with, "What Mr. Luna meant to say was...."