2012-12-12 / News

Outside group outspent Muxlow without success

BY CAROL SEIFFERLEIN
Features editor


State. Rep. Paul Muxlow State. Rep. Paul Muxlow State Representative Paul Muxlow won another term in the Michigan Legislature last month, despite being outspent by an opposition group from western Michigan.

The Brown City lawmaker spent a total of $152,491.25 on the August Republican Primary and November General Election campaigns to return to Lansing for his second two-year term.

That's several thousand dollars less than what a Grand Rapids group poured into an advertising campaign to unseat him in the primary.

The Great Lakes Education Project spent a total of $184,718.36 in July and August for thousands of mailers and radio advertising opposing Muxlow.

Republican Betsy DeVos of Grand Rapids, whose husband is worth $5 billion according to Forbes magazine, is a board member and founder of the education project, which supports charter schools. DeVos and her husband made the majority of the contributions to the committee, according to the October triannual report the group made to the Michigan Secretary of State's campaign finance Web site.

According to Betsey DeVos, the Great Lakes Education Project targeted Muxlow because he opposed legislation to eliminate the cap on charter schools after committing to the organization in 2010 that he supported the elimination of the cap.

"There were a lot of conversations about it and I filled out a lot of surveys,” said Muxlow. “Much of the conversation was about raising the cap on large failing schools with alternatives like charters and cyber schools. (But) their definition of raising the cap was everybody in the state of Michigan. I have eight small schools in Sanilac County. I think in the legislature small schools get left ou... I have a background in education, so they want to keep me out of the works...That is the reason they would like to replace me."

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