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January 28, 2010

None Dare Call It Astroturf From Educrats

When an organization calls itself "Parent PAC" and claims it is the voice of "parents, grandparents, parents-to-be, and anyone who loves children and supports high quality public education", you would think that it is a grassroots organization made up primarily of parents, right? Not this one down here in Texas, unless by "parents" you mean school officials and Democrat insiders.

After all, here's how Texas Parent PAC bills itself.

Texas Parent PAC is a bipartisan political action committee for parents, grandparents, parents-to-be, and anyone who loves children and supports high quality public education. Parents are fed up with the inability of state lawmakers to support children in the manner they deserve and our constitution requires. Itís time for some changes at the state Capitol in Austin!

And here's where the money comes from according to its semi-annual report.

January Semi-Annual:
Clifford Brown (goes by "Buster" - mayor of Corsicana, lots of cash to Democrats), $1000, 11/25/2009
Elna Christopher (Texas Association of Counties, Director of Media Relations), $100, 11/27/2009
Patricia Conradt (Chief of Staff for Rep. Joe Heflin, D-Crosbyton), $100, 12/1/2009
Sandy Dochen (Public relations), $100, 11/16/2009
Laura Fowler (Lawyer), $100, 10/10/2009
Susan Griffith (Realtor), $100, 11/17/2009
Eliu M. Hinojosa (Superintendent, Dallas ISD), $100, 12/15/2009
Shanna Igo (Texas Municipal League, Director of Legislative Services), $500, 11/17/2009
Dr. Melody Johnson (Superintendent, Fort Worth ISD), $250, 12/26/2009
Sandra Kibby (Wholesale Beverage Distributor), $100, 11/24/2009
Sara Leon (Lawyer), $100, 10/10/2009
Sherrie Matula (Educational Science Consultant and former Democrat candidate for state rep), $250, 10/3/2009
Ken McCraw (Executive Director, Texas Association of Community Schools), $250, 11/12/2009
Pam(e) Noland (District Services Coordinator, New Deal ISD), $100, 10/10/2009
Blake Powell (Lawyer), $100, 10/10/2009
Pat Pringle (Executive Director, Region XIII Education Svc. Center), $100, 12/1/2009
Gwendolyn Santiago (Executive Director, Texas Association of School Business Officials), $100, 12/23/2009
Guy Sconzo (Superintendent, Humble ISD), $100, 12/1/2009
Dr. Henry Scott (Superintendent, Denison ISD), $75, 12/1/2009
Gene Sheets (Superintendent, Muleshoe ISD), $100, 10/6/2009

So if by "parents, grandparents, parents-to-be, and anyone who loves children and supports high quality public education" you mean "education insiders and Democrat activists", then I guess they are not lying about who the PAC serves. But don't claim to be grassroots -- acknowledge the astroturf. Heck, I keep looking for Ellie Light to show up as a donor.

Not that I mind these folks spending money to engage in political speech. Its just the deceptiveness of the thing.

Interestingly enough, by the standards of this group, I don't love children or support high quality public education. But then what do I know? I'm only a public school teacher!





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