It’s Official: LAUSD Primary Is Most Expensive Ever
In fact, two weeks ago we forecasted the school board election coming up next week could wind up being the most expensive LAUSD primary … ever.
That forecast has come true. As of Sunday, outside political groups have spent more than $6.2 million on three competitive races for LAUSD board seats.
Purchases of negative advertising make up about one-third of this year's "independent expenditures" so far. Today, we published this piece fact-checking a few common lines of attack featured in these ads.
Pro-charter philanthropist Bill Bloomfield has been the single largest source of independent expenditures this cycle, spending $2.6 million. The California Charter Schools Association has spent a little more than $2 million so far.
That total already surpassed the previous record for an LAUSD primary — $5.7 million in March 2017 — and there’s still a week to go in this year’s election.