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.

--Sharon Noguchi