Following the Money Behind the Lunacy

Randy Stapilus published the work of Grove Koger in tracing the money behind Luna's Education Overhaul. Its explains much, including the involvement of the Kathryn Albertson Foundation.

1993 Thomas J. Wilford becomes President of Alscott

1995-2003 Wilford President of J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation

1999 VA-based K12 founded by former U.S. Secretary of Ed. Bill Bennett

1999-2001 Wilford a Director of Albertson’s Inc.

2002 Idaho Virtual Academy created in cooperation with K12

Nov Wilford becomes a Director of K12

2003 Wilford becomes CEO of J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation

2004 Wilford becomes a Director of IDACORP; Wilford becomes a Director of Idaho Power, an IDACORP subsidiary

2005 J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation give grants to several charter schools, including Idaho Virtual Academy

2006 08/10 Maryland-based Connections Academy contributes $500 to Luna’s campaign

09/29 K12 donates $5,000 to Luna’s campaign

12/19 K12 donates $891.29 to help retire Luna’s Primary ’06 debt

12/19 K12 donates $4108.71 toward Luna’s Primary 2010 fund

2007 Wilford’s total compensation from K12 for 2007: $354

2008 Wilford’s total compensation from K12 for 2008: $28,578

2009 Wilford’s total compensation from K12 for 2009: $55,829

2010 04/30 TN-based Education Networks of America contributes $1,000 to Luna’s Campaign

05/11 PA-based Apangea Learning donates $1,000 to Luna’s campaign

07/02 Education Networks of America contributes $1,500 to Luna’s campaign

07/26 Wilford sells 5,000 shares of K12 stock; retains at least 3,041 shares Wilford donates $250 to Luna’s campaign

09/20 Apangea Learning donates $2,500 to Luna’s campaign

09/28 AZ-based Apollo Group donates $2,500 to Luna’s campaign

10/20 K12, whose curriculum is used by the Idaho Virtual Academy (largest Idaho online public charter school), donates $25,000 to Idahoans for Choice in Education. Almost immediately Idahoans for Choice gives $25,000 to Arizona firm for broadcast advertising and production in an independent campaign supporting Luna’s re-election

12/16 Wilford ceases to be a Director of K12; not clear whether he is still a stockholder. Wilford’s total compensation from K12 for 2010: $107,114

2011 01/29 J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation takes out ad in Idaho Statesman supporting Tom Luna’s education plan.

He must be the only stakeholder that mattered.

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Jezzus

What is he, an off-shoot of those damnable Koch brothers? He's still listed as CEO of the board of directors. What's the stake of the Albertson/Scott family in this?

It strikes me

that K12 stands to gain mightily from the potential of placing their online programs up for public bid, especially after being subsidized by the state's annual purchase of the essential hardware to complete the same. Their political contributions should help a splendiferous amount in securing their bids. Cost a doin' biznesss.

How is it he gets to use the Albertson family goodwill to publish those full page ads? That stock just went down.

I have no clue

as to the political bent of Joe or Kathryn Albertson. I've met Joe Albertson outside of seeing him in the store as a kid at 17th & State - he & Simplot were guests at a management seminar while I was at BSU. Different cloth. I also met him while working at St. Luke's. He came across as very unassuming, very aware of others. (Simplot has always come across as an asshole.)

I beg to differ with your view of Simplot

J.R. certainly was never unassuming but he always was approachable. Although certainly cut of different cloth both J.R. and Joe had one thing in common, neither of them ever took a political stand or supported any party or individual. Shrewd business men both, they knew how to straddle the fence while contributing financially to both sides with out any accountability.

First off...

I said I found Joe Albertson unassuming, not J.R. I found J.R. crass.

And I agreed that

J.R. certainly was never unassuming, so we have no disagreement on that.

Idaho: their private fiefdom

It's right about here I get very, very angry at naive & gullible Democrats who taken this lubricant-free, bunghole abuse for 30-40 years by these Idaho 'Hermit Kingdom' plutocrats.

Sorry folks, more pain is on the way.

Tell us

oh wizard of corporate wankery, what do you know of Mr. Wilford?

Must be warned

Sis, you owe me one Mt. Dew-free computer screen for the "wizard of corporate wankery" comment. The Dew doth spew!

Tom?

Are you offering lubricant? You're such a tease. You come in here presenting yourself as having all the cures to Democratic ills but we get nothing but arrogant platitudes from the moneyed crowd. You give us little reason to trust you other than you visit semi-regularly, presumably to ponder, flick invectives, and feel smug about having all the conviction of leaving Idaho anyway.

C'mon do ya have the report? I would ask nothing less of the trolls on HBO. Put up.

Oh fer crying out loud.

Did I like totally miss that?

J.R. certainly was never unassuming, so we have no disagreement on that.