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Connolly to education group: Don't spend any money on my account

John Connolly said today he has asked Stand for Children not to spend several hundred thousand dollars getting him elected. At a press conference outside City Hall, Connolly said that while he gratefully accepted the group's endorsement, he doesn't want the election warped by large outside expenditures.

Connolly said somebody from the group called him Monday night to tell him it had endorsed him for mayor.

"I thanked him, and he wished me luck, and that was the extent of our conversation. The first I learned of the $500,000 independent expenditure was when I read about it in the newspaper."

He said he wants to win the election, "but I want to win this race the right way, by directly communicating with voters, he said.

He said that was what made Stand for Children's proposed spending different from expenditures by another pro-charter group, Democrats for Education Reform, who are doing a door-knocking campaign. One-on-one campaigning like that is completely different, he said.

Connolly said he is worried about the recent formation of several "independent" campaign groups.

"I'm deeply worried that such groups are going to warp the debate by making large purchases for TV and radio commercials and that they're going to open the door for negative campaigning. I want voters to hear directly from me and my volunteers about my vision for transforming our schools, safe and healthy neighborhoods and jobs and economic opportunity for every Bostonian."

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Who has made the biggest blunders in this campaign Big John or little Dan?

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Stand On Children corporate front group (which has 177 dues paying members in Boston) was willing to spend one-half million dollars to get a mayor who will privatize boston Public Schools, which (if you didn't know) is the nation's best urban public school system.

I'd be more thrilled if John Connolly announced he wouldn't take their money and won't pursue their policies.

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for refusing the money, but it's hard to believe that in being considered for endorsement by Mass Stand, that he didn't realize a big pot of money came with it.

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Here's a video expose on Stand For Children.

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Stand for Children, Walmart, Bain Capital, $1/2 Million and John R Connolly,
in Jamaica Plain Gazette.

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Jonah Edelman Co-founder of Stand for Children talks in detail about how they came to Illinois with the express purpose to take down the teachers unions. He revels in the fact that the general public was unsuspecting of the tactics being used against the teachers of Illinois and if they had it would have been unpalatable . He talks about how he worked to divide and conquer the teachers' and how the Illinois teachers association president went to work for Arne Duncan at the U.S. Dept of Ed. shortly after the talks were settled.

Video: http://youtu.be/kog8g9sTDSo

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Boston Ducks Education Reform...For Now, in Esquire.

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John Connolly a real profile in courage....

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