One Wisconsin Now
Press Release

Why Would Gov. Walker’s Campaign Chair Host Fundraiser for Walker Recall Petition Signer John Humphries? Follow the Money.

Right-Wing Kingpin Who Spent Over $100 Million to Fight For More Public Funding For Less Accountable Private Voucher Program Makes a Deal in Public School Superintendent Race

By - Jan 19th, 2017 12:35 pm
John Humphries. Photo courtesy of Humphries for Schools.

John Humphries. Photo courtesy of Humphries for Schools.

MADISON, Wis. — Some might wonder why Gov. Walker’s former campaign chair, Michael Grebe, would host a fundraiser for a candidate for Superintendent of Public Instruction who signed a petition to recall Gov. Walker. One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross said the reason for Grebe’s support of John Humphries may lie in his other recent notable position, serving as the head of the right wing Bradley Foundation. From that perch, Grebe orchestrated a $100 million plus campaign funding organizations that supported efforts to expand public funding for private, religious and charter schools.

“John Humphries pledged his loyalty to Michael Grebe’s agenda to take money from public schools and give it to less accountable private voucher schools in exchange for his support,” commented Ross. “Scott Walker may have axed his own appointment of a young man to the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents after discovering he signed a recall petition, but his campaign chair Michael Grebe is willing to make a deal with John Humphries.”

Based on a review of documents from the Bradley Foundation and information the organization filed with the IRS, One Wisconsin Now exposed the organization overseen by Grebe spent over $108 million in support of groups helping to advance the education privatization agenda he favors between 2005 and 2014. The results have been that in recent years, the less accountable private school voucher program dramatically expanded in Wisconsin while state public schools suffered the 4th largest budget cuts in the nation.

Humphries also issued a statement declaring he was “thrilled” with Donald Trump’s appointment of the manifestly unqualified Betsy DeVos to head the federal Department of Education. DeVos, a Michigan billionaire, has donated nearly $500,000 to Gov. Scott Walker and other Wisconsin Republican state legislative candidates. In addition, she helped fund and run the American Federation for Children (AFC), a special interest group that supports taking funds from public education to support less accountable private voucher schools. In Wisconsin, AFC has spent over $5 million to help their favored politicians.

Ross noted that Humphries campaign finance report suggests why he’s so eager to pander to the wealthy and the special interests supporting sending more public dollars to less accountable private voucher schools. He’s banking on their big money to bail him out. In the most recent filing with the Wisconsin Elections Commission, Humphries reports he has less than $17,000 in the bank mere weeks before the February Primary Election.

One Wisconsin Now is a statewide communications network specializing in effective earned media and online organizing to advance progressive leadership and values.

Press Releases by One Wisconsin Now

One Wisconsin Now

One Wisconsin Now Unveils Online Activist Calendar

Another Tool to Help People Across Wisconsin Get Out, Speak Up and Fight Back Against Right Wing Agenda of Trump, Ryan and Walker

One Wisconsin Now

Statements of One Wisconsin Now on Gov. Scott Walker’s Economic Announcement

‘Every Time This Guy Fails to Measure Up, He Tries to Change the Measuring Stick’

One Wisconsin Now

Voucher Money to Republicans Buys Voucher Cartel More of Our Money

New Memo Shows Voucher Students Get $1,000 More Than Public School Students

One Wisconsin Now

One Wisconsin Now to Gov. Walker: Wrap Up Sunshine Week With a Bang, End 1,799-Day Stonewall and Reveal Donors to Legal Defense

Five Years Later Identities of Who Paid For Guv’s Criminal Legal Defense Fund Remain Secret

One Wisconsin Now

Media Report Unmasks ‘Business Leader’ Behind Lowell Holtz Sleazy Election Deal to be Stephen Einhorn

Einhorn’s Previous ‘Anonymous’ Election Caper, Funding Racist Voter Intimidation Billboards

One Wisconsin Now

Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke Keeps Public in the Dark on His Whereabouts

It May Be Hard for the Sheriff to See the Sun From Under His Hat, but During Sunshine Week the People Deserve to Have His Office Follow the Open Records Law

See More Releases

One thought on “Why Would Gov. Walker’s Campaign Chair Host Fundraiser for Walker Recall Petition Signer John Humphries? Follow the Money.”

  1. John Casper says:


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *