Sunday, October 21, 2018
DeVos dark money group appears poised to pour more money into Ben Baker, Dirk Deaton campaigns
Missouri Ethics Commission documents show the organization contributed $40,000 to the Brush Fires PAC, which lists a Webb City address.
When the American Federation for Children contributed $45,000 to Brush Fires July 26, the money was used to make sizable contributions to the campaigns of five House candidates, including three in the Joplin area- Neosho Mayor Ben Baker, the 160th District candidate $10,042.06, 162nd District candidate Robert Stokes, R-Carl Junction $9,605.04 and 159th District candidate Dirk Deeton, R-Noel $4,000.
Under Missouri election law, the Brush Fires PAC can spend as much money as it wants to support a candidate as long as it does not coordinate with the candidate's campaign.
Ethics Commission records indicate Baker, who received a $600 contribution the same day the PAC received the $45,000 from the American Federation for Children, is the only candidate who has received a direct contribution from Brush Fires.
Though Stokes lost his primary election to Bob Bromley, American Federation for Children, in a news release dated August 6 praised the election of Baker and Deeton, referring to both as candidates who strongly favor educational choice, the preferred euphemism for the anti-public education agenda of the organization.
The news release only features information about Baker and Deaton that can be found on their websites, which would indicate their understanding that the two men favor the organization's agenda had to come from another source, since neither mentions the issue specifically.