From Scathing Purple Musings: McGrory’s broke the story about the existence of a You Tube video of Step Up for Students CEO bragging about SUFS’s political rise:
Meanwhile, the non-profit that runs the voucher program came under fire Tuesday for a 2011 video that was posted to YouTube.
In the video, Step Up for Students President Doug Tuthill outlined the organization’s political strategy. He talked about the role of an affiliated political committee.
“One of the primary reasons we’ve been so successful we spend about $1 million every other cycle in local political races, which in Florida is a lot of money,” Tuthill told a group at the University of California, Berkeley. “In House races and Senate races, we’re probably the biggest spender in local races.”
Tuthill said he and other proponents “make low-income families the face of the program.”
“We put those people in the face of Democrats and say ‘How can you deny this parent the right to educate their child in the ways that they need?’” he said.
Tuthill also acknowledged that the program had built up support among black ministers. “The black ministers have really flipped the politicians. That has really brought most of the black and Hispanic politicians over to the program.”
Most politicians don’t like it when a hack like Tuthill boasts that they’ve been bought and played. Especially when those pols are sending more taxpayer money into an entity controlled by him.
Sources have told Scathing Purple Musings that Tuthill was running around the Senate yesterday whining that a “well-orchestrated attack” had defeated his bill. Perhaps that’s what happens when people start reading what’s actually in the bill and start taking closer looks at the way your organization operates.