School choice group touts spending’s impact on Gudex election

The American Federation for Children, one of the country’s most prominent school choice special interest groups, is highlighting the election of State Sen. Rick Gudex, R-Fond du Lac, as one of its biggest political successes of 2012.

In a recently released “2012 Election Impact Report,” the group said it spent more than $325,000 to help elect Gudex in the fall. The former president of the Fond du Lac City Council defeated former State Sen. Jessica King, D-Oshkosh, by fewer than 600 votes.

Gudex told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel the spending has not had an influence on him, because he was an advocate for voucher expansion long before his Senate race.

According to Government Accountability Board records, the AFC spent a little more than $145,000 in Gudex’s race. The reason the number in the group’s brochure is so much higher is that special interest groups are not required to report expenditures on “issue ads” that don’t advocate a specific candidate.

For more on this, and to see the AFC brochure, check out the Journal Sentinel’s story.

About Jessie Opoien

Jessie Opoien joined the Oshkosh Northwestern as a reporter in December 2011. Politics and education issues are her specialties, but she loves to tell a good story regardless of the topic. You can find her on Twitter as @jessieopie.
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