Arrow-right Camera

Extra Credit

Fri., Dec. 18, 2015, 1:48 p.m.

State charter school organization forms PAC

The Washington State charter Schools Association has formed a political action committee in hopes of influencing charter school legislation. The WA Charters PAC has given more than $20,000 to campaign accounts.

“We comment these leaders for refusing to bow to political pressure and instead stand up for children in our state. The reality is that the future of these public schools remain in limbo. Our legislators must act to keep doors open,” said Washington Charters CEO Thomas Franta in a news release.

The PAC gave $1,000 checks to 13 house members and 11 senators, according to the release.

Once the next legislative session begins in January, public elected officials won’t be allowed to accept contributions until the session ends. The PAC plans to raise more than $500,000 by the end of the session, the release said.

"Are legislators going to close schools, or are they going to be heroes?" said Cynara Lilly, spokesperson for Act Now for Washington Students. "There is a real commitment to keeping public charter schools in Washington State open in the long term."

Politicians receiving money from the WA Charters PAC:

Last

First

Chamber

Pettigrew

Eric

House

Springer

Larry

House

Clibborn

Judy

House

Sawyer

David

House

Gregerson

Mia

House

Senn

Tanna

House

Lytton 

Kris

House

Magendanz

Chad

House

Wilcox

J.T.

House

Smith

Norma

House

Chandler

Bruce

House

Stambuagh

Melanie

House

Stokesbary 

Drew

House

Mullet

Mark

Senate

Hobbs

Steve

Senate

Hargrove

Jim

Senate

Billig

Andy

Senate

Rolfes  

Christine

Senate

Litzow

Steve

Senate

Fain

Joe

Senate

Hill

Andy

Senate

Braun

John

Senate

Rivers

Ann

Senate

Dammeier

Bruce

Senate

Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly identified the PAC's name. It has been updated with the correct name.




You must be logged in to post comments. Please log in here or click the comment box below for options.

comments powered by Disqus
« Back to Extra Credit
Eli Francovich
Eli Francovich joined the Spokesman Review in 2015. He currently is a reporter for the City Desk covering education, youth issues and breaking news.

Follow Eli online: