Why is big money from Virginia coming to school board elections in Delaware?

So, I previously published the Dept. of Elections filing for a Christina School Board candidate, Valene Harris: https://transparentchristina.wordpress.com/2012/05/30/campaign-finance-filing-csd-school-board-election-582012/

and noticed R. Ted Weschler of Charlottesville, VA donated money to her campaign. He also donated to Joanne Johansen in Red Clay as well. He has made other contributions in the past: http://cfis.elections.delaware.gov/cfisquery/controller?JSPName=CONTRIBUTORSEARCHSELECTED&&frmContactNameText=R.%20Ted%20Weschler&&frmAndSw=0

This post isn’t about those who received that money. No candidate would likely turn down a donation, but rather why is money coming from far away and perhaps what else has been done by that person’s money. Let’s see.

First a snippet about him:

The newest addition to the Berkshire Hathaway investing team came to Warren Buffett’s attention in a surprising way.

By Carol J. Loomis, senior editor-at-large

FORTUNE — It is surely unprecedented for a person to spend $5,252,722 to get a job, but in a funny way, that is precisely what Ted Weschler, of Charlottesville, Virginia, did. The details, in all their improbability:

Warren Buffett announced this morning that Weschler, 50, the highly successful managing partner of hedge fund Peninsula Capital Advisors, will soon join Berkshire Hathaway to run a portion of its investments. That move, added to the hiring of Todd Combs last year, is aimed at preparing investment-rich Berkshire for a day when Buffett, who just turned 81, will no longer be running the company’s investments.

And how did Buffett get to know Weschler? It’s here that fact becomes stranger than fiction.

Every year, Glide, a San Francisco church and mission, is the beneficiary of an auction in which the prize for the top bidder is a private lunch with Buffett.

In the first year of the lunch, 2000, the winner donated $25,000 to Glide. The auction price then proceeded to skyrocket, and in 2010, an anonymous bidder won with an amazing $2,626,311 bid.

Then, this year, a bidder also wishing to be anonymous won by upping that bid by $100, to $2,626,411.

So here, in a state of affairs being disclosed publicly for the first time, is the fact: Weschler was the winning bidder in both years.

Now here is a list of his political donations: http://fundrace.huffingtonpost.com/neighbors.php?type=name_address&lat=38.0894550000&oldest=1&lng=-78.4386690000&lname=WESCHLER&fname=R.&off=0

Q1-2011
$50,800 donation to cantor victory fund
Q2-2011
$30,800 donation to national republican congressiona
Q1-2011
$10,000 donation to 7th district republican committe
Q1-2011
$5,000 donation to every republican is crucial (eri
Q3-2011
$2,500 donation to robert hurt for congress
Q3-2011
$2,500 donation to robert hurt for congress
Q1-2011
$2,500 donation to cantor for congress
Q1-2011
$2,500 donation to cantor for congress
Previous election cycles
Q4-2009
$2,400 donation to rob wittman for congress
Q4-2009
$2,400 donation to rob wittman for congress
Q1-2004
$2,000 donation to george w. bush

Is there any doubt left what’s going on? Big, old money is being injected in DE school board races. Anyone think it’s for the kids? or control? Also, does anyone think, for one second, that moving the elections to the general does anything other than magnify this disturbing trend? I wonder, if Mr. Keenan of the DeNovo Corporation ever releases his benefactors from the Voices 4 Delaware Education Action Fund what would we find, perhaps some of this big, old DE money that now comes for Virginia and is routinely used for major Republican candidates like Cantor and George W. Bush ?

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4 thoughts on “Why is big money from Virginia coming to school board elections in Delaware?

  1. I also am interested in the Joseph Schell contribution. Schell is a name I first noticed because the brothers, Preston and Chris are related to the downstate Burris family. Very wealthy and political. Currently Dave Burris keeps his hand in by running the TownSquare blog from Sussex and his dad John runs the Greenville-based lobbying firm that hired Roger Roy right out of the State House and who currently represents Pam Scott’s former client Keith Stoltz.

    Back to the Schells. Chris Schell is following the Burris tradition of representing downstate landowners on the University of Delaware Board of Trustees. He shares that position with Jack Markell of course ex officio, and numerous duPonts and a Gore – Chris Coons’ step father.

    But it is Preston Schell that garnered the most press of late. He was the one pressuring Dover for permission to run a casino in the family investment property in Sussex. Then, his name turned up as one of two land realty deals made under Markell administration that had DelDOT payments to Schell in lieu DelDOT’s actual acquisition of land and to compensate him for not being able to build one of his sub-divisions in case DelDOT actually built the 113 bypass over it. Of course, these payments (most were set up in Minner’s DelDOT) continued even after the housing market tanked.

    I will have to figure out where Joseph Schell fits in.

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