January 05, 2017

HELP Committee Members Request Details of DeVos's Connections to Dark Money Groups

Education Secretary pick should reveal involvement with secretive groups to avoid conflicts of interest, Senators write

Washington, D.C. - Members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee wrote to president-elect Donald Trump's nominee for Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education, Betsy DeVos, requesting information on her involvement with the American Federation for Children and the Great Lakes Education Project, dark money political groups with ties to the American Legislative Exchange Council and other Koch brothers organizations. DeVos is a member of the Kochs' donor network and has been particularly active in funding conservative education initiatives in Michigan and nationwide. In their letter, Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Bob Casey (D-PA), Al Franken (D-MN), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) request a response to their questions before DeVos's HELP Committee confirmation hearing on January 11th.

Full text of the letter is below and a PDF copy is available here.