New York City Mayor Gave Money for Education Reform
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho nonprofit group ordered by a judge this week to disclose its donors has collected $641,160 from contributors including New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Education Voters of Idaho had sought to keep financial backers’ identities secret after giving more than $200,000 to finance election ads promoting public schools chief Tom Luna’s education overhaul. But a judge on Monday ruled it was a political action committee that had to disclose donors under Idaho’s Sunshine Law. In addition to Bloomberg, EVI’s supporters include Albertson’s grocery heir Joe Scott, according to EVI’s filing Wednesday with the Idaho secretary of state. Bloomberg gave $200,000, Scott gave $250,000. A Republican group gave $50,000. Foster Friess, a wealthy donor to conservative causes, chipped in $25,000 EVI claimed free-speech protections shielded it from revealing donors.