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Compton takes $33,000 in Private School Voucher Money

July 9, 2008
Compton takes $33,000 in Private School Voucher Money
Senate Democrats call on Compton to return out-of-state cash

Columbia, SC - The South Carolina Senate Democratic Caucus today is calling
on State Senate District 10 candidate Dee Compton to return the campaign
contributions he received from out-of-state, anti-public education special
interest groups.  

According to his latest campaign disclosure, Compton took in $33,000 from
New York businessman Howard Rich and his associates, equating to forty five
percent of the contributions he received for the final quarter of the
primary and run-off reporting periods. 

Rich is at the center of nationwide efforts to dismantle public education.
Using various front groups, Rich finances efforts to elect candidates who
are sympathetic to his agenda.  

"Mr. Compton should return the voucher cash and publicly denounce the
anti-public education agenda of those who are bankrolling his campaign.
It's a real shame that Mr. Compton would sell out the schools in his
community for $33, 000," said Senate Democratic Caucus Director Phil Bailey.
"The voters need a senator who will continue Senator John Drummond's
long-time commitment and support of our public schools."

For more information on Howard Rich : http://stophowardrichsc.blogspot.com/

Dee Compton's Voucher Cash: source: ethics.sc.gov

Name	Address	City	State	Zip	Occupation	Amount	Date	
John  Kirtley  	339 S. Plant Ave.	Tampa	FL	33606	Not Reported
1000	5/24/2008	
Douglas  Levine  	2760 N. Bay Rd.	Miami Beach	FL	33140	Not
Reported	1000	5/24/2008	
    538-14 Realty  LLC   	73 Spring St., Rm. 406	New York	NY
10012	 	1000	5/24/2008	
    Springrich  LP   	73 Spring St., Rm. 507	New York	NY
10012	 	1000	5/24/2008	
    Streetrich  LLC   	73 Spring St., Ste. 408	New York	NY
10012	 	1000	5/24/2008	
    West 14 & 18  LLC   	73 Spring St., Rm. 408	New York	NY
10012	 	1000	5/24/2008	
    123 Lasalle Associates   	73 Spring St., Rm. 507	New York	NY
10012	 	1000	6/11/2008	
Yvonne  Rich  	2111 W. Rd. 1	Mountain Home	AR	72653	Not Reported
1000	6/20/2008	
Kevin  Spillane  	2443 Fair Oaks Blvd 191	Sacremento	CA
95825	Not Reported	1000	6/20/2008	
Anita  Anderson  	1161 Rhode Island St.	San Francisco	CA
94107	Not Reported	1000	6/20/2008	
Paul R. Fargo  	P.O. Box 8907	Asheville	NC	28814	Not Reported
1000	6/20/2008	
    4220 Broadway Inc.   	73 Spring St., Rm. 408	New York	NY
10012	 	1000	6/20/2008	
    4220 Broadway  LLC   	73 Spring St., Rm. 408	New York	NY
10012	 	1000	6/20/2008	
    470 W 166 LLC   	73 Spring St., Rm. 408	New York	NY
10012	 	1000	6/20/2008	
    51 First Ave.  LLC   	73 Spring St., Rm. 408	New York	NY
10012	 	1000	6/20/2008	
    Bayrich  LLC   	73 Spring St., Rm. 408	New York	NY
10012	 	1000	6/20/2008	
    Rich & Rich  Associates   	73 Spring St., Rm 408	New York	NY
10012	 	1000	6/20/2008	
    Rich & Rich  LLC   	73 Spring St., Rm. 507	New York	NY
10012	 	1000	6/20/2008	
    Newrich  LLC   	73 Spring St., Rm. 507	New York	NY
10012	 	1000	6/20/2008	
    Dayrich  LLC   	73 Spring St., Rm. 408	New York	NY
10012	 	1000	6/20/2008	
    Bradford Management of New York  Inc.   	73 Spring St., Rm., 408	New
York	NY	10012	 	1000	6/20/2008	
    Secure Data  LLC   	73 Spring St., Ste. 507	New York	NY
10012	 	1000	6/20/2008	
    Spooner  LLC   	73 Spring St., Rm. 408	New York	NY
10012	 	1000	6/20/2008	
    Rich Acquisitions  LLC   	73 Spring St., Suite 507	New York
NY	10012	 	1000	6/20/2008	
    Silver & Silver Properties  LLC   	73 Spring St., Rm. 408	New York
NY	10012	 	1000	6/20/2008	
    332 E 11 LLC   	73 Spring St., Rm. 408	New York	NY
10012	 	1000	6/20/2008	
    405 49 Associates   	73 Spring St., Rm. 408	New York	NY
10012	 	1000	6/20/2008	
    188 Claremont  LLC   	73 Spring St., Rm. 408	New York	NY
10012	 	1000	6/20/2008	
    123 Lasalle  Inc.   	73 Spring St., Rm. 408	New York	NY
10012	 	1000	6/20/2008	
Alan J. Pomerantz  	73 Spring St., Rm. 507	New York	NY
10012	Not Reported	1000	6/20/2008	
Joseph D. Stilwell  	26 Broadway, 23rd Flr.	New York	NY
10004	Not Reported	1000	6/20/2008	
Paul C. Jost  	2640 Jockey's Neck Trl.	Williamsburg	VA	23185	Not
Reported	1000	6/20/2008	
    123 Lasalle Associates   	73 Spring St., Rm. 507	New York	NY
10012	 	1000	6/26/2008	

Copyright 2006 McClatchy Newspapers Inc.
All Rights Reserved 
The Herald (Rock Hill, S.C.)
November 5, 2006 Sunday 
Final Edition
SECTION: OPED PAGE; Pg. 2E
LENGTH: 416 words
HEADLINE: Who is Howard Rich?
BYLINE: The Herald
BODY:
Who is Howard Rich and why should you care?	
Rich, a New York real estate magnate, is a major funder of the voucher
movement in the United States and, either directly or through family or
corporations he controls, he has contributed tens of thousands of dollars
toward the election of private education champions running for office in
South Carolina's general election.	

Principal beneficiaries of Rich's campaign largesse include Gov. Mark
Sanford, state Treasurer Richard Eckstrom and state superintendent candidate
Karen Floyd.	
Sanford long has favored diverting public money to private education, either
through vouchers or tax credits. Floyd tries to dance around the issue, but
she has stated she would have voted for the so-called Put Parents in Charge
bill, which would have diverted a quarter of a billion dollars to private
education. Eckstrom, as state treasurer, is not primarily involved with
education, but his role as member of the powerful Budget and Control Board
gives him a lot of leverage over state finances when the General Assembly is
out of session.	
We have no problem with candidates taking contributions from out-of-state
donors. Sanford, for instance, makes no secret of his long friendship with
Howard Rich, with whom he shares decidedly libertarian views.	
What bothers us is that Rich has skirted state campaign contributions limits
by using a series of personal or professional ties to funnel at least
$31,500 to Floyd, $21,000 to Sanford and $11,500 to Eckstrom, according to
The State newspaper.	
These candidates may argue that taking money from Rich or a pro-voucher
front organization, South Carolinians for Responsible Government, does not
make them beholden to private education champions, but citizens who believe
in public education know otherwise.	
Roughly 90 percent of South Carolina children of school age attend public
school. Most families are satisfied with the school their children attend.
And even though the Palmetto State has too many schools in poor areas, where
the local tax base is inadequate, voucher/tax credit supporters have failed
to present a realistic scenario by which tax-funded private schools would
address those children's needs.	
Make no mistake: Howard Rich and his kind view this small, poor state as an
experimental laboratory for their ideological crusade against America's
greatest asset - public education. Keep that in mind when you enter the
voting booth on Tuesday.	
LOAD-DATE: November 7, 2006
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