Albany lobbying Numbers are in and they are big. Politico New York has the story.
The Coalition for Opportunity in Education, which supported a tax credit designed to encourage donations to private school scholarships or public schools, led all spenders with $5.01 million between January and June. The group was followed by its sparring partner, the New York State United Teachers, which spent $3.81 million. A NYSUT affiliate — United University Professions — finished ninth with $1.36 million.
“We’re just leveling a playing field that’s been dominated by one side of the education argument for decades,” said Coalition for Opportunity in Education spokesman Bob Bellafiore.
StudentsFirst New York, an education reform group focused on expanding charter schools, spent $2.36 million, the fourth-highest total. Two entities associated with Families for Excellent Schools, another pro-charter group, finished sixth and seventh in JCOPE’s rankings, spending $1.74 and $1.64 million.
This story came out late last week and this morning the Daily News reported that two hedge fund billionaires, Dan Loeb and Julian Robertson, donated a million dollars each to Families for Excellent Schools.
Both Loeb and Robertson have a history promoting the growth of charter schools, but neither has been directly linked to Families for Excellent Schools until now.
Loeb, who runs an $18 billion investment group called Third Point, is network chair of Success Academy charter schools, the city’s largest charter network.
What we have here is evidence that money talks, friends.