White Hat Management Political Contributions

Plunderbund has an article detailing the failings of White Hat Management as a charter school management company, and in light of the news of the GOP plan to privatize public education, the political crosswinds that created the plan
The goal of this budget seems pretty obvious. White Hat has a problem with their schools and boards and sponsors so the legislature just removes them from the picture, allowing White Hat to drirectly start up schools as for-profit companies, eliminating the hassle of oversight. White Hat has a problem with people questioning how they use public funds provided by the state, so the legislature just makes those funds private as soon as they are delivered to White Hat.

Some of the language in this budget is so specifically directly at helping White Hat that it wouldn’t surprise me at all if Brennan’s lawyers write it themselves. Whether it’s true or not, Ohio’s GOP politicians appear to be paying back one of their largest campaign donors with millions of state dollars while completely disregarding the educational needs of thousands of Ohio’s students.
The whole article is worth a read.

Just to highlight the scope of Brennan's political largese, here is a list of the almost $1.6 million in political campaign contributions made by some of the main players involved with White Hat Management since 2000.

Cycle Amount Contributor Name Recipient Name
2010 $50,000 BRENNAN, DAVID L OHIO REPUBLICAN PARTY - EXECUTIVE CMTE
2010 $50,000 BRENNAN, DAVID L OHIO REPUBLICAN PARTY - EXECUTIVE CMTE
2010 $30,000 BRENNAN, ANN AMER OHIO REPUBLICAN PARTY - STATE CANDIDATE FUND
2010 $30,000 BRENNAN, ANN AMER OHIO REPUBLICAN PARTY - STATE CANDIDATE FUND
2010 $30,000 BRENNAN, DAVID L OHIO REPUBLICAN PARTY - STATE CANDIDATE FUND
2010 $25,000 BRENNAN, DAVID L OHIO REPUBLICAN PARTY - EXECUTIVE CMTE
2010 $25,000 BRENNAN, DAVID L OHIO REPUBLICAN PARTY - EXECUTIVE CMTE
2010 $17,075 BRENNAN, ANN AMER REPUBLICAN SENATE CAMPAIGN CMTE OF OHIO
2010 $17,075 BRENNAN, DAVID L REPUBLICAN SENATE CAMPAIGN CMTE OF OHIO
2010 $17,000 BRENNAN, DAVID L OHIO HOUSE REPUBLICAN CAMPAIGN CMTE
2010 $17,000 BRENNAN, DAVID L REPUBLICAN SENATE CAMPAIGN CMTE OF OHIO
2010 $17,000 BRENNAN, ANN AMER REPUBLICAN SENATE CAMPAIGN CMTE OF OHIO
2010 $17,000 BRENNAN, DAVID L OHIO HOUSE REPUBLICAN CAMPAIGN CMTE
2010 $11,396 BRENNAN, ANN AMER MANDEL, JOSH
2010 $11,396 BRENNAN, DAVID L KASICH, JOHN & TAYLOR, MARY
2010 $11,395 BRENNAN, DAVID L KASICH, JOHN & TAYLOR, MARY
2010 $11,395 BRENNAN, ANN AMER HUSTED, JON
2010 $11,395 BRENNAN, ANN AMER KASICH, JOHN & TAYLOR, MARY
2010 $11,350 BRENNAN, ANN AMER WAGONER, MARK
2010 $11,350 BRENNAN, DAVID L NIEHAUS, TOM
2010 $11,350 BRENNAN, ANN AMER FABER, KEITH
2010 $11,350 BRENNAN, ANN AMER NIEHAUS, TOM
2010 $11,300 BRENNAN, ANN AMER HUSTED, JON
2010 $11,300 BRENNAN, ANN AMER MANDEL, JOSH
2010 $11,000 BRENNAN, DAVID L DEWINE, MIKE
2010 $11,000 BRENNAN, ANN AMER MORGAN, SETH
2010 $11,000 BRENNAN, DAVID L BATCHELDER, WILLIAM G
2010 $11,000 BRENNAN, ANN AMER BATCHELDER, WILLIAM G
2010 $11,000 BRENNAN, DAVID L AMSTUTZ, RON
2010 $11,000 BRENNAN, ANN AMER HUFFMAN, MATT
2010 $11,000 BRENNAN, DAVID L BATCHELDER, WILLIAM G
2010 $11,000 BRENNAN, ANN AMER AMSTUTZ, RON
2010 $6,000 BRENNAN, DAVID L YOST, DAVID A
2010 $5,500 BRENNAN, DAVID L BACON, KEVIN
2010 $5,000 BRENNAN, DAVID L YOST, DAVID A
2010 $4,000 BRENNAN, ANN AMER OHIO REPUBLICAN PARTY - STATE CANDIDATE FUND
2010 $3,125 MANNA, ANTHONY OHIO REPUBLICAN PARTY - STATE CANDIDATE FUND
2010 $250 WEBER III, JOSEPH R MANDEL, JOSH
2010 $250 RICE, MARK A MANDEL, JOSH
2010 $250 MESSER JR, QUENTIN MANDEL, JOSH
2010 $250 WEBER III, JOSEPH R LAROSE, FRANK
2010 $100 MESSER JR, QUENTIN HUSTED, JON
2008 $100,000 BRENNAN, DAVID L OHIO REPUBLICAN PARTY - EXECUTIVE CMTE
2008 $100,000 BRENNAN, DAVID L OHIO REPUBLICAN PARTY - EXECUTIVE CMTE
2008 $100,000 BRENNAN, DAVID L OHIO REPUBLICAN PARTY - EXECUTIVE CMTE
2008 $100,000 BRENNAN, DAVID L OHIO REPUBLICAN PARTY - EXECUTIVE CMTE
2008 $50,000 BRENNAN, DAVID L OHIO REPUBLICAN PARTY - EXECUTIVE CMTE
2008 $50,000 BRENNAN, DAVID L OHIO REPUBLICAN PARTY - EXECUTIVE CMTE
2008 $30,000 BRENNAN, DAVID L OHIO REPUBLICAN PARTY - STATE CANDIDATE FUND
2008 $25,000 BRENNAN, DAVID L MR Republican National Cmte
2008 $16,000 BRENNAN, DAVID L REPUBLICAN SENATE CAMPAIGN CMTE OF OHIO
2008 $16,000 BRENNAN, DAVID L REPUBLICAN SENATE CAMPAIGN CMTE OF OHIO
2008 $16,000 BRENNAN, ANN AMER REPUBLICAN SENATE CAMPAIGN CMTE OF OHIO
2008 $16,000 BRENNAN, ANN AMER REPUBLICAN SENATE CAMPAIGN CMTE OF OHIO
2008 $15,000 BRENNAN, DAVID L OHIO HOUSE REPUBLICAN CAMPAIGN CMTE
2008 $12,500 BRENNAN, DAVID L OHIO HOUSE REPUBLICAN CAMPAIGN CMTE
2008 $10,650 BRENNAN, ANN AMER HARRIS, BILL
2008 $10,000 BRENNAN, DAVID L BACON, KEVIN
2008 $10,000 BRENNAN, ANN AMER TAYLOR, MARY
2008 $10,000 BRENNAN, DAVID L TAYLOR, MARY
2008 $10,000 BRENNAN, ANN AMER BATCHELDER, WILLIAM
2008 $10,000 BRENNAN, ANN AMER BATCHELDER, WILLIAM
2008 $10,000 BRENNAN, DAVID L BATCHELDER, WILLIAM
2008 $10,000 BRENNAN, ANN AMER COLEY, BILL
2008 $10,000 BRENNAN, ANN AMER DOLAN, MATTHEW
2008 $10,000 BRENNAN, DAVID L HOTTINGER, JAY
2008 $10,000 BRENNAN, DAVID L DOLAN, MATTHEW
2008 $10,000 BRENNAN, DAVID L HUSTED, JON
2008 $10,000 BRENNAN, DAVID L PATTON, THOMAS
2008 $10,000 BRENNAN, DAVID L NIEHAUS, TOM
2008 $10,000 BRENNAN, ANN AMER CAREY JR, JOHN A
2008 $10,000 BRENNAN, ANN AMER HUSTED, JON
2008 $10,000 BRENNAN, ANN AMER JONES, SHANNON
2008 $5,000 BRENNAN, DAVID L HITE, CLIFFORD
2008 $5,000 BRENNAN, DAVID L GINTER, TIM
2008 $5,000 BRENNAN, ANN AMER HOTTINGER, JAY
2008 $2,500 BRENNAN, DAVID L SCHLICHTER, JOHN
2008 $2,300 HARRISON, E D MS George V Voinovich (R)
2008 $2,300 BRENNAN, ANN Lamar Alexander (R)
2008 $2,300 BRENNAN, DAVID Lamar Alexander (R)
2008 $2,300 BRENNEN, NANCY J George V Voinovich (R)
2008 $2,300 BRENNAN, DAVID L James D Jordan (R)
2008 $1,300 BRENNAN, DAVID L George V Voinovich (R)
2008 $1,000 HARRISON, E D MS George V Voinovich (R)
2008 $1,000 BRENNAN, DAVID L George V Voinovich (R)
2008 $1,000 BRENNAN, ANN AMER TIFFANY, TOM
2008 $1,000 BRENNAN, ANN AMER DARLING, ALBERTA
2008 $1,000 BRENNAN, ANN AMER COUGHLIN, KEVIN
2008 $500 BRENNAN, ANN AMER EGELHOFF, JO
2008 $500 BRENNAN, ANN AMER HUSTED, JON
2008 $500 BRENNAN, ANN AMER DAVIS, BRETT
2008 $500 BRENNAN, ANN AMER PETROWSKI, JERRY J
2008 $500 BRENNAN, ANN AMER MURSAU, JEFFREY L
2008 $500 BRENNAN, ANN AMER NERISON, LEE
2008 $500 BRENNAN, ANN AMER HINES, J A
2008 $500 BRENNAN, ANN AMER HELLMAN, DAN
2008 $500 BRENNAN, ANN AMER NERISON, LEE
2008 $500 BRENNAN, ANN AMER HONADEL, MARK
2008 $500 BRENNAN, ANN AMER TOWNS, DEBI
2008 $500 BRENNAN, ANN AMER RIPP, KEITH
2008 $500 BRENNAN, ANN AMER VAN ROY, KARL
2008 $500 BRENNAN, ANN AMER FRISKE, DON
2008 $500 BRENNAN, ANN AMER MURTHA, JOHN
2008 $500 BRENNAN, ANN AMER WILLIAMS, MARY
2008 $500 BRENNAN, ANN AMER DOCKERY, PAULA
2008 $400 BRENNAN, ANN AMER HUEBSCH, MIKE
2008 $200 BRENNAN, DAVID L George V Voinovich (R)
2008 $200 BRENNAN, ANN AMER VOS, ROBIN J
2008 $200 BRENNAN, ANN AMER COLE, RANDY
2006 $15,000 BRENNAN, DAVID L REPUBLICAN SENATE CAMPAIGN CMTE OF OHIO
2006 $10,000 BRENNAN, ANN GREEN, MARK A (G)
2006 $10,000 BRENNAN, DAVID L CAREY JR, JOHN A
2006 $10,000 BRENNAN, DAVID L TAYLOR, MARY
2006 $10,000 BRENNAN, DAVID L HUSTED, JON
2006 $10,000 BRENNAN, DAVE GREEN, MARK A (G)
2006 $10,000 BRENNAN, DAVID L PETERSON, JON
2006 $10,000 BRENNAN, DAVID L HARTMANN, GREG
2006 $10,000 BRENNAN, DAVID L BRADLEY, JENNETTE B
2006 $10,000 BRENNAN, DAVID L LYNCH, DAVID
2006 $7,500 BRENNAN, DAVID L CAREY JR, JOHN A
2006 $5,000 BRENNAN, DAVID L TAYLOR, MARY
2006 $5,000 BRENNAN, DAVID L SEITZ, BILL
2006 $4,000 BRENNAN, DAVID L PETERSON, JON
2006 $2,500 BRENNAN, DAVID L LUTHER, BRANT
2006 $2,500 BRENNAN, DAVID L BACON, KEVIN
2006 $2,500 BRENNAN, DAVID L MARTIN, EARL J
2006 $2,500 BRENNAN, DAVID L STIVERS, STEVE
2006 $2,500 BRENNAN, DAVID L CATES, GARY
2006 $2,500 BRENNAN, DAVID L NIEHAUS, TOM
2006 $2,500 BRENNAN, DAVID L HOPPEL, JIM
2006 $2,500 BRENNAN, DAVID L STIVERS, STEVE
2006 $2,500 BRENNAN, DAVID L HAYES, WILLIAM C
2006 $2,100 BRENNAN, DAVID L Craig Foltin (R)
2006 $2,100 BRENNAN, DAVID L Craig Foltin (R)
2006 $2,000 BRENNAN, DAVID L PATTON, THOMAS F
2006 $2,000 BRENNAN, DAVID L MARTIN, EARL J
2006 $2,000 BRENNAN, DAVID L WEBSTER, SHAWN N
2004 $2,500 BRENNAN, DAVID L HAGAN, JOHN P
2004 $2,500 BRENNAN, DAVID L SETZER, ARLENE J
2004 $2,500 BRENNAN, DAVID L CALVERT, CHARLES E
2004 $2,500 BRENNAN, DAVID L NIEHAUS, TOM
2004 $2,500 BRENNAN, DAVID L CATES, GARY
2004 $2,500 BRENNAN, DAVID L PADGETT, JOY
2004 $2,500 BRENNAN, DAVID L PETRO, JIM
2004 $2,000 BRENNAN, NANCY J MRS George W Bush (R)
2004 $2,000 BRENNAN, ANN A MRS George W Bush (R)
2004 $1,000 BRENNAN, NANCY Steven C LaTourette (R)
2004 $1,000 BRENNAN, NANCY Mike DeWine (R)
2004 $1,000 BRENNAN, NANCY Bill McCollum (R)
2004 $1,000 KROHN, MARK E MR George W Bush (R)
2004 $1,000 MORRIS, JOHN C MR George W Bush (R)
2004 $1,000 BRENNAN, NANCY J George V Voinovich (R)
2004 $1,000 BRENNAN, NANCY J George V Voinovich (R)
2004 $500 BRENNAN, DAVID SPADY, FAWN
2002 $2,500 BRENNAN, DAVID L RAUSSEN, JAMES
2002 $2,500 BRENNAN, DAVID L RAUSSEN, JAMES
2002 $1,000 BRENNAN, NANCY J George V Voinovich (R)
2002 $1,000 BRENNAN, NANCY Mike DeWine (R)
2000 $1,500 BRENNAN, DAVID L GARDNER, RANDALL
2000 $1,000 BRENNAN, NANCY J George V Voinovich (R)

Data taken from www.transparencydata.com.

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