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School choice advocates give $3 million to GOP


MADISON (WKOW) -- A report from the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign shows groups supporting the expansion of Milwaukee's school voucher program spent more then $3 million to help elect Governor Scott Walker and other Republicans.

The report shows proponents of the school choice program outspent opponents 3-to-1 during the last election season. Nearly $1 million in outside election spending came from state business lobby Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce.

Assembly Republicans approved a bill earlier this month to expand voucher school enrollment in Milwaukee. Democrats call the program a privatization of education.

Opponents of the plan spent about $1 million to help elect mostly Democrats, with $841,000 coming from state teachers union Wisconsin Education Association Council.

Sen. Spencer Coggs, D-Milwaukee, received more than $39,000 in direct campaign contributions from opponents, the single largest amount for any Democratic senator.

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