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December 4, 2006

1)  NEA Gives $4.7 Million to Advocacy Groups. The National Education Association filed its 2006 U.S. Department of Labor financial disclosure report last Wednesday, and the document once again reveals the extent of NEA's involvement in liberal philanthropy, advocacy and policy research.

Last January, the Wall Street Journal published an editorial about this, but included NEA's payments of UniServ grants to its state affiliates, leading to many headlines about NEA giving "$65 million" to advocacy groups. NEA seized on this error to avoid discussing the details of the contributions to other organizations and, naturally, the facts were lost in the screaming.

In an effort to mitigate the chances of history repeating itself, EIA combed through NEA's entire disclosure report (called an LM-2), culled the expenditures that could properly be viewed as grants or payments for services rendered from other advocacy organizations, and added them up. Based on the information in the LM-2, NEA spent an estimated $4.7 million in such a way.

The expenditures range from $1.3 million to Communities for Quality Education (formerly America Learns), an NEA front group created to advance the union's agenda on the No Child Left Behind Act, down to several $5,000 grants to groups such as Rainbow PUSH, GLSEN, and Amnesty International.

Here is a list of the recipients of NEA's largesse, with relevant web links:

100% for Great Public Schools - $110,000

AIDS Responsibility Project - $5,000

Alliance for Justice - $10,000

America's Agenda - $50,000

American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education - $16,500

Americans United to Protect Social Security - $250,000

Amnesty International - $5,000

Asian American Justice Center - $5,000

Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund - $5,000

Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies - $5,000

ASPIRA - $5,000

Baptist Center for Ethics - $20,000

Campaign for America's Future - $41,000

Center for Community Change - $25,000

Center for Innovative Policy - $125,000

Center for Law and Education - $50,000

Center for Policy Alternatives - $5,000

Center for Teaching Quality - $17,150

Center for Women Policy Studies - $5,000

Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association - $52,500

Citizens Who Support Maine's Public Schools - $100,000

Committee for Education Funding - $16,182

Committee for Fair Elections - $100,000

Communities for Quality Education - $1.3 million

Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. - $56,800

Consortium for Educational Change - $11,900

Council of State Governments - $10,000

Democratic GAIN - $10,990

Democratic Leadership Council - $25,000

Economic Policy Institute - $208,474

Educational Impact Inc. - $40,000

Educational Testing Service - $42,266

Everybody Wins DC - $8,000

FairTest - $35,000

Faith and Politics Institute - $5,000

Funniest Celebrity in Washington - $20,000

Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation - $5,000

Gay Lesbian and Straight Education Network - $5,000

Generations United - $30,000

Grassroots Democrats - $7,500

Great Lakes Center for Education Research and Practice - $250,000

Great Lakes Inter-tribal Council - $9,500

Harvard University Office for Sponsored Research - $50,000

HEROS Inc. - $79,890

Hispanic Press Foundation - $7,500

Home and School Institute - $45,131

Howard University School of Business - $5,000

Human Rights Campaign - $30,000

Institute for Women's Policy Research - $5,000

International Civil Rights Center - $15,000

Iowa Teaching and Learning Center - $17,000

Jobs with Justice - $10,120

Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies - $10,000

Latino Book and Family Festival - $6,000

Leadership Conference on Civil Rights - $13,000

League of United Latin American Citizens - $15,000

Learning First Alliance - $52,890

Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change - $5,000

Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund - $10,000

NASA/PSTP - $12,500

National Alliance of Black School Educators - $5,000

National Association for Asian and Pacific American Education - $5,200

National Association for Bilingual Education - $5,000

NAFEA - $5,000

National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials Education Fund - $10,000

National Coalition of ESEA Title I Parents - $5,000

National Coalition on Health Care - $25,000

National Conference of Black Mayors - $5,000

National Conference of State Legislatures - $37,000

National Consumers League - $5,000

National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education - $320,160

National Council of La Raza - $8,000

National Equity Center - $15,000

National Indian Education Association - $40,800

National Parent Teachers Association - $5,000

NTL Institute - $52,250

National Women's Law Center - $10,000

New Organizing Institute - $25,000

Organizations Concerned About Rural Education - $5,000

Organization of Chinese Americans - $5,000

Partnership for 21st Century Skills - $45,000

People for the American Way - $160,805

Public Agenda - $32,351

Rainbow/PUSH Coalition - $5,000

Rebuild America's Schools - $10,000

Richard Ingersoll - $12,000

Ripon Society - $12,500

Southeast Center for Teaching Quality - $180,000

Southern Christian Leadership Conference - $11,450

Task Force Foundation - $10,000

United South and Eastern Tribes - $5,000

U.S. Action - $35,000

U.S. Hispanic Leadership Institute - $15,000

WAND Education Fund - $12,000

Wellesley College Center for Research on Women - $10,295

It was also a good year to be Robert Chanin, NEA's general counsel. Chanin's firm, Bredhoff & Kaiser, received a total of $557,433 from NEA, while Chanin personally received payments in the sum of $317,750.

EIA will have further revelations from NEA's disclosure report in the weeks to come.

2)  "It Hurts Up to a Point and Then It Doesn't Get Any Worse." For those of you who were on your edge of your seat, I ran the California International Marathon in 3:43:34 – a time that beat President Bush's 1993 marathon time, but was still behind one woman and six men who were 65 years of age and older.

I've posted a full race report on my personal blog – http://www.mikeantonucci.com.

3)  Last Week's Intercepts. EIA's blog, Intercepts, covered these topics from November 27-December 4:

*  Here It Comes. The Brotherhood of Evil Mutants holds a meeting.

*  All We Want to Do Is Eat Your Brains. Can a bizarre new campus fad actually lead to improved fundamental education?

*  Here It Comes – Part II. Lobbying is too time-consuming. Just run the state directly.

4)  Quote of the Week. "I was surprised by the handful of some of the big unions in the state – the power to really scare certain political representatives into doing what privately they wouldn't like to do. And that concerns me." – Bonnie Reiss, outgoing senior adviser to California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Reiss is a Democrat. (November 30 Capitol Weekly)

 

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