This year, We Fight for Our Children!
It is interesting that Stand for Children insinuates itself to be a parent organization. We know that Edelman has children now but did he have children back when he founded Stand for Children in 1996?
Welcome to the Bizzaro World of Stand for Children
Meet Jonah Edelman whose mother is the famed civil rights activist, Marian Wright, who founded the Children's Defense Fund, a non-profit child advocacy organization that champions policies and programs to lift children out of poverty; protect them from abuse and neglect; and ensure their access to health care, quality education and a moral and spiritual foundation.
Decades after his mother created the Children's Defense Fund, Edelman co-founded Stand for Children, a corporate-driven, artificial imitation of his mother's foundation.
Look!...It's a charity...It's a PAC...No, It's SUPER PAC!!
It can appear to be a sweet little registered charity asking for a few dollars from ordinary folks. People give and think they are supporting awareness campaigns or advocacy on issues affecting children. It can also appear to be a parent organization affiliated with schools like a PTA or PTO and charge parents dues for membership.
But unlike charities and parent groups, Stand for Children also operates as a political action committee (PAC) where it endorses and financially supports political candidates. Something charities and 501c3 parent groups are not allowed to do. And, Stand for Children operates multiple PACs in Tennessee using slightly different versions of its name.
In 2010, STAND PAC OF TENNESSEE donated $2,400 to Bill Haslam's gubernatorial campaign. And over the years, it has supported candidates in a variety of races on both state and local levels. Mostly, the support comes in the form of monetary campaign donations. The reports can be found here.
But there is another PAC, called Stand for Children, Inc. whose address is in Portland, Oregon. This Stand PAC has paid out THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS of dollars for political consultants, advertising and other campaign expenditures in the last two school board races in Nashville and Memphis. More than just contributing money to candidates, this PAC furnished mail-outs, advertising, websites, and other professional services, practically running their campaigns. Here is a list of the candidates who received services:
You can read the reports at the links below:
2nd Quarter 2012
3rd Quarter 2012
Amended 3rd Quarter 2012
3rd Quarter 2014
Amended Pre-Primary 2014