Teachers union drops over $80K on school board races in final days of campaign 

The union spent nearly $40,000 in one district alone.

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Education Minnesota's headquarters in St. Paul, Minn. (Alpha News)

Education Minnesota, the state’s teachers union and one of the most powerful political players in Minnesota, has spent over $80,000 on supporting its endorsed candidates in local school board races in the final days of the election season.

The union announced the digital advertising campaign in a press release Wednesday, saying its get-out-the-vote push was a response to “unprecedented outside spending on fall school board races.”

“Education Minnesota launched get-out-the-vote ads to voters in several suburban school districts, the first time the state union has run such a campaign,” the union, which is routinely one of the biggest spenders in Minnesota elections, said in its press release.

Campaign finance reports show the union has spent $25,000 in Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan, $19,000 in South Washington County Schools, $39,000 in the Anoka-Hennepin School District, and $4,000 in Minnetonka Public Schools.

The combined $87,000 was spent on a digital media campaign between Oct. 17-26, campaign finance reports show.

“This is just a fraction of what they will spend trying to maintain control of your kids and tax dollars. We’ll never outspend them, but we can continue our mission of training parents to give them a run for their money in every district in Minnesota,” the Minnesota Parents Alliance said in response.

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 7.

 

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Anthony Gockowski is Editor-in-Chief of Alpha News. He previously worked as an editor for The Minnesota Sun and Campus Reform, and wrote for the Daily Caller.