John Kirtley’s school choice PAC raises $300K in July

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A political organization supporting school-choice programs received $300,000 in contributions between July 5 and July 11; $100,000 came from Charter Schools USA, Inc., according to finance reports filed with the state Division of Elections.

John Kirtley, a well-known advocate for school-choice programs in the state, chairs the “Florida Federation for Children,” an electioneering communications organization.

“Federation” had not raised any money earlier this year but raised and spent hundreds of thousands of dollars in 2012.

On its website, the group says it supports candidates that promote school-choice efforts.

“We identify election circumstances in which there is a discernible difference between the candidates on the issues of parental choice and education reform, regardless of any other factor, especially party affiliation,” the website says. “We then engage in electioneering communications to voters throughout Florida, making them aware of candidates and their positions on issues of the day.”

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