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CTA President Warns: Billionaires Give Tuck More Than $6M

(Illustration above) Wealthy special interests have given Marshall Tuck, a former hedge fund manager, more than $6 million in hopes they can defeat Supt. Tom Torlakson, a long-time classroom teacher and education advocate.

In-state and out-of-state special interests – read that to mean billionaires and their slightly “impoverished” millionaire cut buddies  -- have now given Marshall Tuck more than $6 million in support of his effort to unseat Supt. of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson.

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Students or Billionaires First? Investigative Reporters Provide Answer


(Photo above) Michelle Rhee attacks teachers unions during a January 2012 “listening tour” of Sacramento.

Michelle Rhee, the former chancellor of the Washington D.C. schools, calls her organization “StudentsFirst,” but a new white paper by investigative reporters at the Center for Public Integrity suggests “Billionaires First” might be a more appropriate name.

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When is a Corporation Not a Corporation? According to Prop. 32, When It's an LLC, LLP, REIT or Etc.

Susan DeCesare, a teacher in the Martinez Unified School District, and Anita Vanegas, a teacher in the Fremont Unified School District, discuss Proposition 32, the CTA-opposed Special Exemptions Act that will increase the power of wealthy special interests to get their way in the state Capitol.
As teachers in Northern California learned more about Proposition 32, the CTA-opposed Special Exemptions Act on the November 6 ballot, they were surprised to discover the double-wide loopholes that will allow a host of corporations to drive through.

Proposition 32 presumably regulates political contributions by "corporations," but the proposition's language uses technical terminology that exempts every business organization that is not "technically" a corporation, as defined in law, from its ban on using payroll deductions for political purposes.
Want a short list of the kinds of "non-corporation" corporations that are exempt from its provisions?  Here are just some - limited liability companies (LLCs, such as Amazon), limited liability partnerships (LLPs), limited partnerships (LPs), business trusts, real estate investment trusts (REITs), and sole proprietorships are intentionally exempted by the crafters of this misleading measure.
Did I mention that billionaires and Super PACs are also exempted?  They are.

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