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Tue Sep 14, 2021, 10:32 PM

Activists going after WI school boards are aided & funded by national conservative groups & donors

Activists going after Wisconsin school boards are aided and funded by national conservative groups and GOP donors

Thomas Beaumont and Stephen Groves

Associated Press

MEQUON — A loose network of conservative groups with ties to major Republican donors and party-aligned think tanks is quietly lending firepower to local activists engaged in culture war fights in schools across the country.

While they are drawn by the anger of parents opposed to school policies on racial history or COVID-19 protocols like mask mandates, the groups are often run by political operatives and lawyers standing ready to amplify local disputes.

In a wealthy Milwaukee suburb, a law firm heavily financed by a conservative foundation that has fought climate change mitigation and that has ties to former President Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election helped parents seeking to recall Mequon-Thiensville school board members, chiefly over the board’s hiring of a diversity consultant. A new national advocacy group, Parents Defending Education, promoted the Wisconsin parents’ tactics as a model.

In Loudoun County, Virginia, a Justice Department spokesperson in the Trump administration rallied parents in a recall effort sparked by opposition to a district racial equity program. In Brownsburg, Indiana, a leader of a national network of parents opposed to anti-racist school programs helped a mother obtain a lawyer when the district’s superintendent blocked her from following his Twitter account.

This growing support network highlights the energy and resources being poured into the cauldron of political debate in the nation’s schools. Republicans hope the efforts lay the groundwork for a comeback in congressional elections next year. Some see the burst of local organizing on the right as reminiscent of a movement that helped power the GOP takeover of the House 10 years ago.

“It seems very tea party-ish to me,” said Dan Lennington, a lawyer with the conservative Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty, which has offered free legal advice to several parent groups pursuing or weighing school board recalls, including the one in Mequon. “These are ingredients for having an impact on future elections.”

Lennington’s group is funded in part by the Bradley Foundation, a Milwaukee-based nonprofit that supports conservative causes. The foundation’s secretary, GOP lawyer Cleta Mitchell, advised Trump as he sought to overturn the 2020 election results and has since worked to push for tighter state voting laws...........................

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Tue Sep 14, 2021, 10:35 PM

1. I'm a patient guy so I'm willing to wait and see just what the impact of many,

many deaths among the unvaxxed has on the reTHUGS' chances in "future

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Wed Sep 15, 2021, 08:03 PM

2. This is a BFD. School board elections are the least voted in.

Turnout for spring elections is at best about 1/4 what the presidential is. And it's the same people every year.

Don't underestimate the idiotic minority because they are the ones who crawl over broken glass to vote for idiots. Find out who your candidates are and work these elections. Better yet, start attending your school board meetings and put yourself on the ballot in December.

Then work for the candidates who are sane.

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