|New York Times|
Well-known corporate chiefs, including power philanthropist Eli Broad, funded illegal "dark money" contributions to groups in the Koch brothers' political network that were involved in Thursday's record campaign finance settlement in California, according to settlement documents.
A report in the L.A. Times shows that Broad posed as a liberal supporter of Gov. Brown's tax initiative to support public education by making the wealthy pay their fair share. All the while, Broad was secretly pouring more than a million dollars into the right-wing, anti-union fund set up to oppose that same initiative.
A Huffington report shows that Charles Schwab, founder of Charles Schwab Corp., donated $6.4 million through Americans for Job Security. Broad, who publicly backed Brown's tax increase proposition, made a $500,000 contribution, according to the documents. Las Vegas Sands Corp. CEO Sheldon Adelson and his wife gave a combined $500,000. Crossroads GPS, the dark money nonprofit founded by Karl Rove, chipped in $2 million.
Diane Ravitch blogs that she spoke in Sacramento two years ago, she spent two hours with Governor Brown and he told her he had to be diplomatic and nice to Michelle Rhee to keep Eli Broad’s support for his tax increase. "He was fooled" says Ravitch.