The Saratoga Parents for Safe Schools raised $33,000.00. They have spent over $17,000.00. They used the money to do automated calls to district residents and to purchase lawn signs. Their endorsed candidates are Dean Kolligian, Ed Cubanski, and Shaun Wiggins.
John Brueggemann raised over $4,700.00. He spent nearly $1,500.00 so far.
Connie Woytowich, Heather Reynolds, and Natalya Lakhtakia raised under $500.00.
Candidates are only required to file financial reports if they raise over $500.00. The Gazette reported that district officials did not recall a time before this when candidates had to file financial reports.
Brueggemann and Reynolds both have been critical of the candidates accepting money from the Saratoga Parents for Safe Schools because they believed it would undermine the candidates’ independence.
This criticism seems to me to be opportunist by playing on people’s appropriate resentment about groups funding candidates in general. Normally such contributions come from business groups with financial interests in influencing government policies. In the case of these school board races the money is not coming from big corporations but from people who support using armed monitors as a security resource in protecting schools from shooting incidents.