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Friday, October 26, 2012

AFT Files Complaint Against Stand for Children, Alleging Deceptive Mailer on Behalf of Sylvester Cann

Posted by on Fri, Oct 26, 2012 at 5:25 PM

The Washington chapter of the American Federation of Teachers has filed a complaint with Public Disclosure Commission alleging that the pro-charter schools PAC Stand for Children has deceptively used the AFT logo in campaign mailers supporting Sylvester Cann.

“While we have dual endorsed in this legislative race and thereby gave both campaigns the right to use our name, we never gave Stand for Children or any other independent group permission to use our logo in their PAC mailings,” said Sandra Schroeder, President. “We are not affiliated with Stand for Children because we disagree with their positions on our issues, and have never contributed money to their state PAC. Their placement of our logo was particularly deceptive so that anyone seeing it could believe that we participated in the mailing. ”

Stand for Children, which uses money from ultraconservative donors across the country to enact legislation to fund vouchers, de-fund public schools, and expand charter schools, is running an independent campaign in support of Sylvester Cann under the guise of “education reform.” In state after state, Stand for Children’s agenda has been school privatization, government austerity measures, and deunionization.

Cann is challenging incumbent Democratic State Representative Gerry Pollet in the Legislative District 46 state House race, Position 1, and it is not the first time that mailers on Cann's behalf have been called into question. And despite Cann's insistence that he opposes the charter schools initiative, charter schools-loving Stand for Children sure seems hot for him.

FYI, the SECB enthusiastically endorses Pollet.


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Pollet has the support of teachers AND education support professionals, and he definitely opposes draining money from existing public schools to fund privately run charter schools.
Posted by Rich Wood on October 26, 2012 at 5:33 PM · Report this
Funny - the teacher they have a testimonial from in the flyer is none other than TFA/charter school rah-rah girl Kristin Bailey-Fogarty.

Posted by StuckInUtah on October 26, 2012 at 6:10 PM · Report this
Cann has waffled repeatedly on the charter issue.

One interesting time was at the Maple Leaf Community Council forum where he finally said he would vote against 1240 (but wouldn't say why except that he thought some of what could be done with charters is ALREADY being done in WA state).

The minute that Shannon Campion, head of Stand for Children, got there, he started waffling on charters and their value.

He just isn't believable on this point and it makes you wonder what else he would waffle on. The use of the AFT logo is yet another one of these "what is he thinking" moments. You don't use a logo without permission.
Posted by westello on October 26, 2012 at 9:19 PM · Report this
Occupy Seattle 5
This is sleazy, but not as sleazy as Republican Secretary of State Sam Reed illegally taking back $50,000 from donation to Heritage Foundation, to fund fellow tea-bagger Republican Kim Wyman's campaign. Looks like wiley Wyman is getting the hang of complicated PAC campaign funding maneuvers, like her fellow tea-bagger Rob McKenna has so artfully mastered conning tax-payers and schools through Bernie Madoff style property tax swap. Is there no depths to which these Republicans won't plunge to plunder our money and trust?…
Posted by Occupy Seattle on October 26, 2012 at 10:29 PM · Report this
@Occupy, you simply don't know what you're talking about. Sam Reed is a long-time member of the Mainstream Republicans of Washington, widely rejected by the conservatives in the party as "RINOs" (Republican In Name Only) and definitely not aligned with the TEA Party. Wyman is also a very moderate Republican, evidenced by her repeated re-election as Thurston County auditor -- the same county that overwhelmingly elects Sam Hunt to the legislature and Sandra Romero to the county commission. And Reed's $50,000 donation of campaign surplus funds was not to the conservative "Heritage Foundation", but to a state fund for the state "Heritage Center" -- intended to be a new building on the state capitol campus to house the state library, a history museum, the state archives, etc. Reed's donation was contingent from the start on the project actually going forward, and since the project is definitely not going forward now, he retracted the contingent contribution. Nothing nefarious about any of this except in your own mind.
Posted by TobyNixon on October 26, 2012 at 11:52 PM · Report this
I agree with Toby Nixon @6.

I still won't vote for Kim Wyman. But she's not a crackpot.
Posted by Jason Osgood on October 27, 2012 at 7:22 AM · Report this
I support Sylvester Cann in this race, even though I'm no longer in the 46 LD.

I asked Sylvester Cann point blank about his support for charter schools. He said he was against them. I choose to believe Cann. So I assume the Stand for Children money is a strange bedfellows thing.

I love Gerry Pollet like a brother. I enthusiastically supported him in the past. I have no quarrel with him, though I know he was disappointed I didn't support him this time.

However, we progressives need to nurture our farm team of future leaders. I will prefer younger candidates, especially for LD races. Because state House and Senate seats are entry level positions. I very much expect our young politicians to get experience and then move on to greater things.
Posted by Jason Osgood on October 27, 2012 at 7:37 AM · Report this
"I will prefer younger candidates, especially for LD races. Because state House and Senate seats are entry level positions."

Are you kidding? Farm team positions? They make the LAWS for our state.

What a reason to vote for someone.
Posted by westello on October 27, 2012 at 12:46 PM · Report this

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