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Charter school leaders send $75K for McKee’s campaign

August 22, 2018

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Two board members at a public charter network in Rhode Island have donated $75,000 to Dan McKee’s Democratic primary campaign for lieutenant governor.

WPRI-TV reported Tuesday state Board of Elections filings show the top board members at Achievement First made the donation to a pro-charter school group PAC to help support McKee.

It has not been reported how the PAC will spend the money.

McKee’s opponent Aaron Regunberg, who has the support of the state’s two teachers’ unions, called the donation “dark money” from McKee’s “Wall Street friends” to “advance their agendas.”

McKee’s campaign has not responded for comment.

Board of Elections filings from Aug. 14 show McKee’s campaign had $149,000 on hand, while Regunberg’s campaign had $250,000 on hand.

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