Gobs Of Money Being Spent To Influence LAUSD Races
The 2017 L.A. Unified School Board election was the most expensive ever — but if the current pace of spending continues, 2020’s school board races could set records of their own.
Outside political groups have spent more than $2.8 million on LAUSD races so far. At the same point in the record-breaking 2017 campaign, “independent expenditures” only totaled $2.4 million, according to a KPCC/LAist analysis:
Here’s what these numbers reflect: whenever an outside political group spends money trying to sway an election — on mailers, advertising, or paid outreach like phone banking — they must report it as an “independent expenditure.”
These numbers do not reflect how much money candidates themselves are spending — but these independent expenditures often end up dominating LAUSD races because of strict fundraising limits candidates face.
Eleven candidates are running for four open seats on the LAUSD board. We’ll be writing more about the race later this week.
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