A few days ago we told you that a handful of special interests had raised $225,000 to fuel a campaign to get Amendment One passed.  But as of Feb. 24, the Secretary of State’s web site shows this has now grown to $446,000.

Why are these people trying to buy a new state school board?  Why are they trying to take away the right for Alabama citizens to vote on who serves on a public board?

It’s all about control.  Plain and simple.

If Amendment One passes the governor will appoint school board members.  BUT they must be confirmed by the state senate.  And who funds the campaigns of state senators?  The same special interests trying to pass this amendment.

It’s a sweet little deal.  Who cares if the voices of citizens are cut out of the equation?  All they do is complicate things any way.  For goodness sake, they might actually want to do what is best for students attending public schools.  Perish the thought.

My friends at the Alabama Farmers Federation are orchestrating this campaign.  They contributed $100,000 to get things rolling.  Great Southern Wood in Abbeville also put in $100,000.

Manufacture Alabama gave $50,000, as did the Alabama Association of Realtors.

The Alabama Forestry Association came up with $25,000.  So did Blue Cross Blue Sheld and the plaintiff law firm of Cunningham Bounds LLC.  Chipping in $10,000 were Millennium Health Services, NHS Management LLC, Northport Health Services, Northport Holding LLC and Senior Care Pharmacy.  (Since these five have the same address in Tuscaloosa, they are obviously connected.)

The Alabama Retail Association, Alabama Trucking Association and Automobile Dealers Association each gave $5,000.

Six companies involved in road building and construction gave $1,000 each: Ozark Striping Company, Abramson LLC, Dunn Construction, H. O. Weaver & sons, Batey & Sanders  and Scott Bridge Company.

Alabama should vote NO on Amendment One. Tell the special interests our kids are not for sale.