Two political action committees, both fueled by money from charter-school backers, are funding school board campaigns in Santa Clara County. The Santa Clara County Schools PAC is working for David Neighbors and against incumbent Anna Song in Trustee Area 5 of the Santa Clara County Board of Education. The PAC is also working for incumbent Grace Mah for the county board's Trustee Area 1.
The Parents for Great Schools PAC has contributed to the campaigns of Magdalena Carrasco for East Side Union High School board, and to Leland Lowe and Karen Martinez for the Alum Rock Union School District board.
Here's a list of contributions to the Santa Clara County Schools PAC, from Jan. 1 through Oct. 20, according to papers filed with the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters:
Mark Andrade, Los Altos: $2,000
Susan R. Goldman, Los Altos: $500
Mark Jensen, Los Altos: $2,000
Janet C. Medlin, Los Altos: $500
Dorothy D. Price, Los Altos: $250
R.J. Dailey Construction Co., Los Altos: $5,000
Donna M. Young, Los Altos Hills: $1,000
California Charter Schools Association Advocates Independent Expenditure Committee: $75,000
Timothy Ranzetta, Palo Alto: $10,000
Emerson Collective (intermediary for Laurene Powell Jobs): $40,000
John J. Fisher, San Francisco: $50,000
Michael G. Rantz, Palo Alto: $5,000
Paula Rantz, Palo Alto: $5,000
In addition, Nexflix CEO Reed Hastings contributed $50,000 after Oct. 20, the end of the latest filing period, Santa Clara County Schools PAC manager Jay Rosenthal said.