Free Speech is a Right But Some Have More Than Others

By | October 18, 2016

The 2010 Supreme Court (5-4) decision established the doctrine that money is a form of free speech. Free speech is an abstract right guaranteed to all by the Constitution. The problem with the “money is free speech” doctrine arises from the fact that money–a store of value and medium of exchange–is not an abstract right guaranteed to all. Thus when your access to monetary wealth determines the amount of free speech you exercise the “speech” of some is louder than others. The current race for two seats in the Governing Board of the West Contra Costa Unified School District is a case in point. The chart below speaks for itself.

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FUNDING to DATE for the 2016 PRO-CHARTER CANDIDATES
Compiled November 8, 2016 by www.PublicCore.net

TOM PANAS
1. Education Matters (Steve and Susan Chamberlin’s PAC
#1372949): $82,023
2. 860 Harbour Way LLC, Richmond: $1,500
3. Harbor Gate Partners, LP/Crosspoint Realty Services,
in San Francisco: $1,400
4. Interstate Storage Richmond LLC in Lafayette, CA:1,200
5. Marina Bay Crossing LLC in Lafayette, CA: $1,000
6. California Charter School Association-
“Parent Teacher Alliance” PAC #1367043, Sacramento,CA: $155,394
7. Students for Education Reform in New York, NY: $53,321
Miscellaneous
8. In WCC (from 24 donors – avg. amount $258): $6,200
9. Outsidde WCC (from 6 donors – avg. amount $150): $900
10. Loans from self to campaign: $43,000
11.Donations from self to campaign: $56,000
TOTAL CAMPAIGN BUDGET TO DATE: $401,938

MIRIAM STEPHANIE SEQUEIRA
1. Education Matters (Steve and Susan Chamberlin’s PAC
#1372949): $25,461
2. 860 Harbour Way LLC, Richmond: $1,200
3. Harbor Gate Partners, LP/Crosspoint Realty Services,
in San Francisco: $0
4. Interstate Storage Richmond LLC in Lafayette, CA:1,200
5. Marina Bay Crossing LLC in Lafayette, CA: $0
6. California Charter School Association-
“Parent Teacher Alliance” PAC #1367043, Sacramento,CA: $199,850
7. Students for Education Reform in New York, NY: $58,131
8. In WCC (from 24 donors – avg. amount $258): $600
9. Outsidde WCC (from 6 donors – avg. amount $150): $0
10. Loans from self to campaign: $0
11.Donations from self to campaign: $0
TOTAL CAMPAIGN BUDGET TO DATE: $286,442

2016 WEST COUNTY ELECTION RESULTS
FINAL 12/05/2016 FINAL
SCHOOL BOARD
CANDIDATE VOTES PERCENTAGE
Mister Phillips 28,018 22.63%
Tom Panas 22,290 18.57%
Stephanie Sequeira 19,777 15.98%
Ayana K. Young 15,529 12.55%
Antonio Medrano 14,954 12.08%
CARLOS TABOADA 13,683 11.05%
Don Gosney 8,468 6.84%

With the election of Tom Panas and current members Valerie Cuevas and Elizabeth Block, the California Charter School Association now has a three-to-five majority in the Governing Board of the West Contra Costa Unified School District.
Welcome to the lair of the Goldman Sachs-Betsy DeVos Gang of School Privateers. Not bad for a measly investment of $355,244, when you consider that WCCUSD has an annual budget of more than $350 million. ¡LA LUCHA CONTINÚA! CONGRATULATIONS MISTER PHILLIPS. WE WILL BE THERE TO REMIND YOU THAT MAKING CHARTER SCHOOLS “ACCOUNTABLE” IS NOT ENOUGH. WE ALREADY KNOW HOW MUCH $$ THEY TAKE FROM THE GENERAL FUND/LCFF AND TITLE II. WE WANT THEM OUT OF OUR DISTRICT!!!

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