Authorities Close In On Pro-Charter School Nonprofit for Illicit Campaign Contributions

2017-09-19T14:20:45+00:00September 19th, 2017|Categories: HUB-Posts, National & Local News|Tags: |

A NEW YORK-BASED education reform nonprofit funneled nearly $2.5 million to a related group in Massachusetts, according to new disclosures unearthed as part of a legal settlement.

The Massachusetts operation, called Families for Excellent Schools-Advocacy, a pro-charter group, was hit with a record $426,500 fine for failing to disclose its donors related to a 2016 Massachusetts ballot campaign — a race that became the most expensive ballot measure in state history.

FESA is a 501(c)(4) offshoot of the New York-based Families for Excellent Schools, a 501(c)(3). That connection raises the stakes for New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who has jurisdiction over Families for Excellent Schools in New York and has made clean campaigns a centerpiece of his agenda.

Source: https://theintercept.com/2017/09/19/massachusetts-charter-school-group-fined-new-york/