The money just keeps rolling in from the motel/billboard fortunes of Dean V. White. State Superintendent Tony Bennett reports another $50,000 contribution from White, whose son and daughter-in-law recently donated a combined $35,000. The elder White, a Merrillville resident, gave Bennett’s campaign $25,000 in June and $50,000 in March.
Bennett’s campaign also reported a $50,000 contribution from Eli Broad, who sold his retirement savings business to AIG for $18 billion and created a foundation that invests heavily in education reform.
Education historian Diane Ravitch identifies Broad as a member of the “Billionaire Boys’ Club,” along with Bill Gates and the Walton Family – donating millions to shape public policy in their own interests.