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Thursday, September 09, 2021

Janey's Team: Campbell's Super PAC want to privatize Public School

BETTER BOSTON — THE ANDREA CAMPBELL-SUPPORTING SUPER PAC — IS FUNDED BY DARK-MONEY DONORS WHO WANT TO PRIVATIZE PUBLIC SCHOOLS


Key Point: Andrea Campbell’s campaign is being supported by dark-money donors who want to privatize our public schools.  


Meanwhile, Mayor Janey has the support of hotel workers, including UNITE HERE Local 26, and the “Hospitality Workers Independent Expenditure” (HWIE) PAC. The chair of HWIE is Richard “Richie” Aliferes, a doorman at the Omni Parker House hotel in downtown Boston.


Background: As reported in the Boston Globe:

“Mayoral candidate and City Councilor Andrea Campbell is the beneficiary of the first ads, set to begin appearing on Facebook and YouTube, through an independent expenditure political action committee called Better Boston...

The top donors include:


* Reed Hastings, the Boston-born cofounder and CEO of Netflix and a charter school advocate who contributed $12,000 to a 2009 effort to expand charter schools in 2009 in Massachusetts.


* Stephanie Spector, a supporter of several charter schools with her husband, Brian, an investor who contributed $40,000 to a ballot campaign to expand charter schools in Massachusetts in 2016.


* Andrew Balson, manager of the private equity firm Cove Hill Partners, who contributed $500,000 to two committees advocating for the charter ballot question in 2016.”

In addition, according to OCPF, billionaire Walmart heir and charter school advocate Jim Walton contributed $45,000 to the Better Boston.  

A statement from the HWIE PAC, per reporting from Gintautas Dumcius, of the Dorchester Reporter:

“Working people are used to being praised on Labor Day and chastised the next day for using their voice and speaking the truth. Andrea Campbell worked for notorious anti-union “lockout lawyer” law firm Proskauer Rose. Her campaign is supported by a Super PAC dripping in donations from those who want to take money out of BPS schools. Compare that to Kim Janey’s campaign that is supported by hotel workers, jaitors, and Stop & Shop workers. That is the issue here.”

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