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Lennie Grimaldi, Bridgeport’s leading political pundit, and author of the blog, Only in Bridgeport, broke the news today that Mayor Mike Bloomberg gave $20,000 to Residents For A Better Bridgeport, the political action committee behind the campaign to support Mayor Bill Finch’s power grab to eliminate a democratically elected school board and replace it with one appointed by him.
But the $20,000 donation from Bloomberg is only the tip of a much bigger iceberg and Residents for a Better Bridgeport is only one of a series of corporate funded political groups spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to make sure Bridgeport’s parents and other voters don’t get a direct role in selecting who sets education policy in Bridgeport.
Here are just a few of the companies and organizations that are funding the anti-democracy campaign. More names to come… By the way, the campaign finance violations are so numerous that it will take a few days to develop the appropriate legal complaint – but we’ll put it together and file it on Monday or Tuesday – if for no other reason than for our American principles.
Even more importantly, what is UI, the publicly funded hospitals and the publicly subsidized Harbor Yard doing using people’s hard-earned payments and money to undermine democracy. It is inappropriate and disgusting.
Let’s hope the Legislature will demand a full investigation into these corporations and their behavior.
With tens of thousands without healthcare and electricity, these people are spending money to take away the democratic rights of Connecticut residents. It is perhaps the best example of immorality that I have ever seen.
|Aquarium Water Company:||$14,000|
|AT&T Connecticut Employee PAC||$2,000|
|Benchmark Trademark Ltd||$5,000|
|Bradford Evans (Senior Advisor Morgan Stanley)||$25,000|
|Bismark Construction Company||$3,500|
|Bridgeport and Port Jefferson Company||$14,000|
|CT Coalition for Advancement Now (ConnAD)||$14,000|
|Hal Rosnick (Attorney)||$500|
|Harbor Yard Sports and Entertainment LLC||$14,442.90|
|Jarvis Group LLC, NY (in-kind video)||$14,376.40|
|Juda Epstein (Attorney)||$1,000.00|
|Michael Bloomberg, Mayor of New York City||$20,000|
|Poko Core Builders, Farmington, CT||$2,500|
|Pullman & Comley (law firm with significant state business)||$7,000|
|St. Vincent’s Hospital||$14,400|
|Zachary Zeitlin (Silver Point Capital, Westport)||$2,000|
Considering the Democrats will always control 6 of the 9 Board of Education seats, the question remains – why is Finch and the reformers working so hard to “control” the 3 seats that would normally go for “minority representation” – in this case – to members of the Connecticut Working Families Party. This is not about controlling policy, this is about making sure that no opposition, whatsoever is allowed.
Also just in, Michelle Rhee’s national organization, StudentsFirst, dropped $97,000 on October 19th to pay for door to door canvassing expenditures to persuade voters to give up their democratic rights. Recently, Rhee’s husband, a former NBA star and Mayor of Sacramento, California showed up to campaign in favor of the charter change. He appeared at a forum with Mayor Finch and Paul Vallas, Bridgeport’s part-time, $229,000 a year, Superintendent of Schools.
And they call themselves Americans!