Special Interests Buying Bond Measure for Gov’t Schools: Will Get Contracts in Return?

Government is corrupt. The electoral system is openly corrupt. Who “donates” to bond measures, those dealing with construction and new facilities? Construction firms, potential vendors and unions—all of the class of folks that benefit directly from the passage of the bonds. This is how crony capitalism works, the buying of the process.

“The bulk of the contributions have come from construction companies, architectural firms and organized labor, groups that have been heavily involved in building and renovating dozens of schools throughout the district thanks to the $1.44 billion the measures have freed up since 2002. If voters approve Measure H, a $270 million proposal on the June 3 ballot, it would be the seventh bond for school construction in the district passed since 1998. Those measures have saddled West Contra Costa property owners with the largest tax burden in the county.”

In your city or country, see a bond measure and look for the donors—crony capitalists and unions buying on the cheap billions of your tax dollars.

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West Contra Costa school bond program draws massive campaign spending by contract recipients

By Robert Rogers, Contra Costa Times, 5/25/14 

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RICHMOND — Roughly $2.8 million has poured into campaigns to pass West Contra Costa school district bond measures since 2002, the bulk from groups that have benefited from the massive taxpayer-funded construction projects that the successful ballot measures have unleashed, according to an analysis of campaign finance records by this newspaper.

The bulk of the contributions have come from construction companies, architectural firms and organized labor, groups that have been heavily involved in building and renovating dozens of schools throughout the district thanks to the $1.44 billion the measures have freed up since 2002. If voters approve Measure H, a $270 million proposal on the June 3 ballot, it would be the seventh bond for school construction in the district passed since 1998. Those measures have saddled West Contra Costa property owners with the largest tax burden in the county.

The money to fund the political campaigns goes into For the Children of West County, a political campaign committee, according to Elections Office records.

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