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Life in Rahm’s Chicago. Corporate funders spent a million bucks just yesterday in spinning the strike as a Rahm win.

September 20, 2012

Ed Reform Now, a group with overlapping funders with Democrats for Education Reform (DFER) bought a million dollar ad buy on Chicago television YESTERDAY.

A million dollars in one day.

Here’s what they bought.


Remember, this is the day after the Chicago Teachers Union’s House of Delegates voted 98% to suspend the strike. This ad buy was just about spin.

Who is Ed Reform Now?

They are an umbrella anti-union corporate reform outfit.

The have the usual suspects as funders and players.

Rahm’s best friends spent a million dollars on spin yesterday.

Imagine how many books that could have bought.

My colleagues in Park Ridge just voted to accept the collective bargaining agreement that contained a 2% a year raise for four years. That ad buy yesterday would have paid for the entire four years.

Oops. Math error. It would have paid for two full years.

13 Comments leave one →
  1. Maureen permalink
    September 20, 2012 3:51 pm

    This is an investment to get a foothold in the third largest education market in the US, and one of the largest in the world.

  2. granny permalink
    September 20, 2012 3:53 pm

    They even got him to smile just a tad. He looks almost human.

  3. Dienne permalink
    September 20, 2012 3:55 pm

    I don’t have speakers on my work computer, but sometimes watching a video without sound is instructive. What leapt out at me in this video was the perfectly racially balanced class groups and all the children were well fed, cared for and happy. How very well staged.

    • September 20, 2012 4:04 pm

      The best spin that money can buy.

      • Dienne permalink
        September 20, 2012 4:09 pm

        At $2,000,000 per minute, I guess so.

  4. ReTiredbutMisstheKids permalink
    September 20, 2012 4:31 pm

    Just as I predicted, they continue to run ads…AGAIN, TWICE on ABC 7–during or right after the 10:00 PM news, then again after the first segment of “Nightline.”

  5. September 20, 2012 8:58 pm

    Hey Fred – wish we had seen this before taping today’s show. We remarked that they spent a whole lotta money, and that if they had spent it to air condition, say three or four schools, id woudl’ve had a more positive impact.

  6. Anonymous permalink
    September 20, 2012 9:36 pm

    Arguably the most rabid anti labor/anti union double talker since Reagan. Maybe he should be referred to as Rahm Reagan…..he certainly hoodwinked the Chicago voters… could this two faced sidewinder have become mayor….brings to mind Lincolns maxim… can fool some of the people……

    • Andy Donovan Jr permalink
      September 22, 2012 5:36 pm

      Haha! I had almost forgot ‘right to work for nothing’ Reagan – now THERE was a REAL union buster!

  7. September 20, 2012 9:36 pm

    Too bad that money didn’t go to a feeding program, a library, a senior center, paint for a school, resurfacing a ball court; the list is endless. They just pissed it away and it was probably our money to begin with. (e.g., tax credits or write offs that benefited the funders or donors)

  8. Anonymous permalink
    September 24, 2012 10:33 pm

    What a disgrace!


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