The Washington D.C.-based American Federation for Children, a leading national advocate of charter and private schools, reported Tuesday that it had spent almost $100,000 in Georgia in the first half of the year. The group spent about $14,000 on direct mail pieces in the primary, $29,000 for a media buy, and contributed $2,500 to Gov. Nathan Deal, $2,500 to the Georgia House Republican Trust and $3,700 to Democratic Rep. Alisha Thomas Morgan, D-Austell, a charter school supporter running for Georgia school superintendent.
The group is not new to Georgia politics. It spent more than $250,000 in 2002 backing a proposed constitutional amendment that set up another pathway to create charter schools in Georgia.