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Jim and Alice Walton Drop $200K to Support (In Part) La. BESE Candidates Kira Orange-Jones and Preston Castille

October 7, 2019

Well. It was too good to be true to believe that the Waltons would stay out of Louisiana’s October 12, 201,9 BESE election.

On September 13, 2019, billionaire siblings and Arkansas residents Jim and Alice Walton each contributed $100K to the Louisiana PAC operated by NY-based Education Reform Now (ERN) Advocacy.

Among the 21 candidates ERN Advocacy PAC is promoting are two BESE candidates: Teach for America (TFA) exec director, Kira Orange-Jones (Dist 2) and Baton Rouge lawyer, Preston Castille (Dist 8).

Donating on September 13, 2019– one day after “30 days prior to election”– allowed the ERN Advocacy and the Waltons to keep the news out of the public eye until 10 days prior to election. (The Walton donation was made public in ERN Advocacy’s October 02, 2019, filing.)

The Waltons push for charter schools, vouchers, and TFA, including Louisiana’s chief TFAer, John White.


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