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February 13, 2016

Republican Party of Va. Paid Home Schooling PAC Before Election Day

A state Republican party committee paid almost $80,000 just before the state’s gubernatorial election to the PAC of  a national association that promotes home schooling and is known for its pre-election campaign volunteers.

The Republican Party of Virginia Increported today it had receipts of $370,647 and spent $452,296 during the month of October.  The committee, a federal account of the state Republican party, reported it had paid $79,500 between 10/25-30 to the Home School Legal Defense Association Federal PAC, based in Purcellville, Virginia. The payment was listed as a contribution.

The Home School Legal Defense Association is a national non-profit 501c4 advocacy organization that defends and promotes the rights of parents to directly educate their children. It was founded by Michael Farris, who heads Patrick Henry College in Purcellville, Virginia. Generation Joshua, a division of the organization, organizes home-school students to become active in campaigns just before election day, making phone calls and going door-to-door. Their Facebook page highlights some activities on behalf of Republican Virginia gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli.

The committee also reported it received $271,200 from the Republican National Committee on 10/1. The committee reported transferring $138,000 to the Republican Party of Va. Non-Federal Acct on 10/25; and $75,000 to Obenshain for Attorney General.

Update: The Republican Party of Virginia Inc. amended their report on 11/14 to indicate that the $79,500 in contributions they made from 10/25-30 were to the Home School Legal Defense Association VA PAC, not the Home School Legal Defense Association Federal PAC, as originally reported by the committee.

To search detailed money-in-politics databases, visit Political MoneyLine.

  • terjeanderson

    In addition to his role as head of a right wing college and right wing election group masquerading as an education advocacy organization, Faris has another claim to fame.

    In 1993, he was the Republican nominee for Lieutenant Governor of Virginia, and he was basically the EW Jackson of his day. While Republicans (Allen and Gilmore) won the other two statewide offices, Faris lost the Lt Gov race. His defeat was due to his radical stances on social issues and close ties to far right groups.

    Since then, he has pursued a career starting and running numerous right wing groups – PACs, religious groups, education groups, lobbying groups – making a very good living by selling himself and his constituencies to the Republican Party. So no surprise here – he just found another election opportunity to grift some more.

  • SkepticalBill

    Michael Farria and HSLDA have some disturbing connections to the German cult the Twelve Tribes, which recently had their compound raided and children taken after allegations of child abuse emerged.

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