Five Senators who sit on the committee overseeing the nomination of Betsy DeVos for Education Secretary took hundreds of thousands of dollars from her and her family. She’s admitted to using her wealth to buy influence and said she expects something in return for her contributions. This is pay to play politics at its worst, and these Senators must recuse themselves from voting on her nomination. CALL your senator now: 1-855-326-1094.
“I have decided to stop taking offense at the suggestion that we are buying influence. Now I simply concede the point. They are right. We do expect something in return.” – Betsy DeVos
Americans are fed up with a broken system in Washington that rewards a small band of special interests and shuts out everyone else. The DeVos nomination doubles down on that system.
They are Senators Bill Cassidy of Louisiana ($70,200), Tim Scott of South Carolina ($49,200), Todd Young of Indiana ($48,600), Lisa Murkowski of Alaska ($43,200), and Richard Burr of North Carolina ($43,200).
DeVos and her family have funneled more than $20 million to Republican campaigns, their super PACs, and their dark money allies across the country.
The non-profit’s sole objective was to gut our campaign finance system. DeVos hired Jim Bopp, who has been described as the “intellectual architect” behind Citizens United, as general counsel. Its honorary chairman was Senator Mitch McConnell.
DeVos chaired the American Federation for Children, a 501(c)(4) nonprofit that does not disclose its donors.
The Ohio Election Commission, composed of two Republicans, two Democrats, and one independent, unanimously found All Children Matter to be in violation of state law. Per statute, the group was fined $5.22 million dollars. The organization also owes over $91,000 in late fees for its failure to pay the fine.
– ECU/EV: New Digital Ad Mocks DeVos Pay-to-Play History, Urges Viewers to Call on Senators to Recuse Themselves
– Michigan Live: What questions Betsy DeVos could face during confirmation hearing
– ECU/ EV: End Citizens United and Every Voice Ramp Up Pressure for Senators to Recuse Themselves
– Education Week: Supporters and Skeptics of Betsy DeVos, Trump’s Nominee for Education Secretary
– Winston-Salem Journal: Critics call for U.S. Sen. Richard Burr to recuse himself in vote for education secretary, cite campaign donation
– Real Clear Politics: Cabinet Nominees Enter Confirmation Battlefield
– Washington Post: Trump’s education nominee and her family members are major donors to the senators who will vote on her confirmation
– NOLA.com: Bill Cassidy: no plans to step away from DeVos’ Senate hearings
– ECU/ EV: Senators Who Took DeVos Money – Recuse Yourselves