As you know, Gervais has been going through one of his new favorite websites, researching his favorite voucher groups in the
Of course, the most telling item was SCRG’s earliest tax return, which inadvertently gave the phone number of Howard Rich’s “US Term Limits” (847-657-7251) as its phone listing. Note to self: if I ever start a bogus, grassroots group in another state (I’m leaning towards
For instance, if you lived in
You could also dial 847-657-7251 to reach "Club for Growth State Action," a group which "establishes and supports" seven state affiliates, including the SC Club for Growth. Howard Rich is listed as the president of the group. (pdf).
That’s when it occured to me that over the last few weeks, I’ve neglected one of the vouchin’-est voucher groups in the state (and let’s face it, huge fans of Barbecue & Politics) the SC Club for Growth.
According to the SC Secretary of State’s website, the Club for Growth sets up shop at
I guess that makes it easier for whoever writes the rent check.
But more “SC, grassroots” voucher groups controlled by Howard Rich? Yawn. That’s yesterday’s news.
The best thing about these tax filings is that they reveal the connections between Rich and his roster of out-of-state contributors to SC voucher candidates.
There’s Yvonne Worseley of
There’s Joseph Stilwell of
There’s Eric Brooks Bala Cynwyd, PA. He contributed $46,000 to voucher candidates in SC last year. Not only that - his wife, Donna Brooks, gave $36,000. Brooks co-directs the “Parents in Charge Foundation,” (pdf), chaired by Howard Rich.
And there’s more, so much more. But here’s my question… Are these folks really parting with up to $80,000 of their household earnings to influence SC political contests? Does that seem likely to you? Or is this just more funny money, like the $1,000 Thomas Simuel didn’t really contribute to Curtis Brantley, yet was attributed to him on Brantley's financial disclosures?
Maybe I'll call these folks, long distance, and find out.