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Which Party is the Minority Party on the New Bridgeport Board of Education?

If the Working Families Party and the unendorsed Democrats were both funded by the teachers union, and the Working Families Party contributed to the unendorsed Democrats directly, and they shared office space, how exactly are the Democrats the majority in anything but name only?

In a previous article, Education Bridgeport reported that the Connecticut Education Association’s Political Action Committee (CEA PAC) spent over $138,000 on independent expenditures in support of the “unendorsed” Democrats. [Education Bridgeport, 12/9/2013]

According to campaign finance records, CEA PAC’s most recent campaign finance filing was amended six days after it was submitted, and now shows that some of that money was also spent on behalf of Working Families Party candidates Eric Stewart-Alicea and Sauda Baraka. [Amended Itemized Campaign Finance Disclosure Statement, 11/04/2013; Original 10/29/2013]

The strange connection between the two candidate slates and the teacher’s union doesn’t end there.

According to campaign finance records, the Working Families Party’s Political Action Committee gave the unendorsed slate $4,000 in direct contributions. In addition, the Working Families Party Campaign Committee spent about $2,000 in coordinated expenditures on behalf of the unendorsed Democrat slate. [Itemized Campaign Finance Disclosure Statement, 10/24/2013; 08/30/2013]

Guess who the Working Families Party top contributors were this year?

None other than the teachers unions.

AFT and CEA gave the Working Families Party a total of $11,500 in campaign contributions in 2013 alone. In the past four years, the Working Families Party has received over $41,000 in campaign contributions from the teacher’s unions.

In addition to direct contributions and coordinated expenditures it appears the Working Families Party and “unendorsed slate” may have been working out of the same campaign office.

The lease for a 679 Lindley Street office appears on the Working Families Party Campaign Committee’s October disclosure statement. It’s listed on the report as ‘coordinated’ with Working Family Party candidates Eric Stewart-Alicea and Sauda Baraka. Yet, according to the unendorsed Democratic slate’s Facebook page, that very same office was used as one of their campaign headquarters. [Expenditure 133630, Itemized Campaign Finance Disclosure Statement, 10/24/2013]

Stay tuned. More coming soon…

 

 

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