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‘Average Joe’ Luna Backers Revealed

Opinion Editor Kevin Richert reports on Facebook that a column of his has landed on the front page of the Idaho Statesman for the first time — his column re: the big reveal of the Education Voters of Idaho contributors. You can read it here. Also, Kevin points out some of the “average Joes” contributing to the support of the Luna Laws:

  • Joe Scott, the grandson of Joe Albertson and a major investor in the online education industry: $250,000.
  • New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg: $200,000.
  • The Republican Governors Public Policy Committee, a group that seldom sends surrogates to PTO bake sales in Grangeville or Gooding: $50,000.
  • Hagadone Hospitality of Coeur d’Alene, which had already shaken out the hotel mattresses for a $15,000 donation to Yes for Idaho Education: a matching $15,000.
  • M3 Eagle, a Phoenix company pursuing a large planned community in the Eagle Foothills: $10,000.
  • Intermountain Gas Co.: $10,000.
  • Clear Springs Foods, a Buhl based trout farm: $10,000.
  • The J.R. Simplot Co.: $5,000.

Question: Why are so many Big Shots supporting Superintendent Luna's attempt to “reform” Idaho education?


Read more here: http://www.idahostatesman.com/2012/11/01/2330632/on-halloween-a-secretive-group.html#storylink=twt#storylink=cpy

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