• Author Kris Alman

Stand for Children's Dark Money Dilemma


In its annual report, Stand for Children (SFC), the corporation responsible for ballot measure 98 (M 98), or the Oregon State Funding for Dropout Prevention and College Readiness Initiative, reported over $12 million dollars in anonymous donations. SFC alone, through its rich and powerful donors, has been tenacious in pushing for this measure. Although SFC professes to be a "grassroots" organization, that description does not apply. If its donor base is considered, small contributions of less than $250 account for between zero and one percent of total donations. Stand for Children is funded more than 99% by the wealthy business elite, many of whom prefer to remain anonymous. Should such an organization be deciding how our public education dollars are spent?

Because of the hullabaloo over M 97, M 98 has skated by practically unnoticed. The deceptive propaganda campaign waged by SFC surrogates has caused an unsuspecting public to accept the measure without question. There are many reasons to VOTE NO on 98. The dark money funding the measure is only one of them.

Although SFC professes to be a "grassroots" organization, that description does not apply. If its donor base is considered, small contributions (less than $250) account for between zero and one percent of total donations.

Billionaire and millionaire donors and "dark money" are behind Stand for Children's Measure 98. The amount of grassroots support is less than one percent.

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