Good Monday morning!
For 140 days, I’ve kept count of how long it’s been since the Murphy-aligned group“New Direction New Jersey” reneged on its promise to reveal its donors.
But now I can reveal one of them. Hold onto your seat.
The New Jersey Education Association gave New Direction New Jersey $2.5 million shortly after its formation, according to the union’s own January 2018 Delegate Assembly meeting minutes, as discovered by Mike Lilley, a longtime NJEA opponent who recently founded an organization that will publish papers on how the union operates.
We don’t know at this point if the NJEA has given more money to New Direction New Jersey in the roughly 1.5 years since that initial infusion.
So, wasn’t it assumed by pretty much everyone that the NJEA was at least a major funder of New Direction New Jersey, or even the primary one? Why, yes, of course. Which naturally raises the question of why New Direction New Jersey made the decision to keep its donors secret.
And even though this was widely assumed to be the case, it’s important to put this information in the public record. The more we know about who funds these non-profit groups that operate in the shadows, the better.
Read my story here.