The other day we brought you the story of how the right wing extremist hate group, Knot My Wisconsin, is involved in the Kenosha Unified School District's School Board race. They are so involved that one of the candidates, Dan Wade, is actually Kristi Lacroix's father-in-law(Kristy is one of the main "knotsies").
That is fine, in our democratic republic, anyone with enough signatures is allowed to run and the more people who participate the better. I just think it is important to know who these people are, since the pattern is the farther right someone is the more they tout their "independence". However it is up to the people of Kenosha to do their homework and research and NOT vote people like this into office.
However, no we have a very very troubling trend in Kenosha that will soon be spilling over to other districts - outside money! This is not just any outside money, or outside money from a college roommate, etc... This dirty money comes right from the despicable Koch Brothers and comes in the form of their incredibly dishonest and morally bankrupt front group - Americans for Prosperity!
Americans for Prosperity — the conservative group funded by billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch — is getting involved with the Kenosha Unified School Board race.
David Fladeboe, state director of Americans for Prosperity, said the organization has a field team working on the race, doing phone banks and canvassing in the district.
“We’re getting a feel for what the people in Kenosha are thinking and doing,” Fladeboe said. “Right now we’re doing phone surveys to figure out where people are on a number of issues.”
Four candidates are running for two seats on the School Board. Incumbent Jo Ann Taube hopes to return to the board. Also running are Mike Falkofske, Gary Kunich and Dan Wade.
Fladeboe said Americans for Prosperity is not specifically supporting any candidate. But he said the group decided to become involved in the race due to the board’s approval of new union contracts.
Taube voted to approve the contracts and is endorsed by the Kenosha Education Association, as is Falkofske. Kunich and Wade have been vocal in their opposition to the contracts and have been endorsed by the local Republican Party.
“We’ll have a team working to get out the vote,” Fladeboe said.
We know that "not specifically supporting any candidates" is a flat out LIE from Mr. Fladboe. When Vicki Mckenna runs a fundraiser for you it does not take a rocket scientist to figure out who the candidates are that AFP-WI is campaigning for.
As Jay Heck of Common cause says:
Jay Heck, executive director of Common Cause, a Wisconsin campaign spending watchdog group, said Americans for Prosperity and other political organizations have become increasingly involved in local elections in the state, specifically in northern Wisconsin where the group has gone after opponents of a proposed iron ore mine.
But he said he had not heard of the group being involved in school board races in the state.
He called the development “very, very alarming.”
Mr. Heck goes on to add:
He said it appears to be part of an arms race in campaign spending that is seeking to have a greater influence on public policy.
“It’s a new trend. It’s now in virtually every competitive congressional and legislative race, but now it’s county supervisors and city council members. And now school board members down in Kenosha,” Heck said. “It’s the nationalization of state and local politics in Wisconsin.
Want to know more about the Charles and David Koch, the out of state billionaires that want to influence your election? check them out here, here and here!
As for their front group - Americans for Prosperity - They just got busted for lying about Obamacare.
Is this the kind of group you want picking candidates for you? Is allowing people this deceptive and morally bankrupt to influence your elections, what kind of message does this send to your children? I also promise you that if you allow groups like AFP to start picking your School board candidates, they will NOT stop there. They will work on influencing other school board races, and local elections, etc...
Stop them NOW!! Tell the out of state billionaire's to stay out of our schools. You know they do not care a bit about your children!
Vote FOR Jo Ann Taube and Mike Falkofske!