Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina, the pro-voucher lobbying group behind a tax credit scholarship legislation, spent nearly $16,000 for a May rally that bused students in from Christian schools.
The group paid for transportation, T-shirts and rally signs for the May 21 rally in support of a controversial tax credit scholarship program that would divert state money to pay for scholarships to private or religious schools.
The rally, in which House Majority Leader Paul “Skip” Stam, an Apex Republican, announced he was filing House Bill 1104 establishing the voucher alternative, had attendance of nearly 1,000 children, parents and teachers.
It looks like PEFNC paid handsomely to get a crowd that size – lobbying records filed yesterday with the N.C. Secretary of State’s Office show the $16,000 the group spent on the rally included $9,154 renting vans and buses to bring children in from around the state and $3,460 on printing T-shirts for the crowd.
(To see a copy of the PEFNC’s lobbying expenses for the rally, click here.)