Two charities have poured $2.6 million into efforts to pass a ballot initiative that aims to guarantee public school funding in the state constitution. But where did that money come from?
Records reviewed by The Associated Press show at least $1.6 million of it can be pinpointed to two sources who have long been supporters of the state’s public schools: the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and former Secretary of State Dick Molpus. An unknown amount also was donated by former Netscape and FedEx executive Jim Barksdale.
The trail of money can be difficult to follow. Those three donors gave their money to the two charities, which in turn donated to a campaign committee called Better Schools, Better Jobs. All but $6,500 raised by that committee came from two charities: The Southern Education Foundation in Atlanta and the New Venture Fund in Washington.