Jersey Jazzman has been digging and discovering a small number of people who are dropping large sums of money into local school board races. The catch is that these are not races where the donors reside.

Somehow, they are finding relatively obscure races where a gift of $10,000 or $25,000 makes a huge difference.

Why are out-of-towners and out-of-staters so eager to affect school board races distant from where they live?

Yesterday I had a call from a Seattle reporter at KUOW, the NPR station, who asked some of the same questions. She noticed that local school board candidate Sue Peters (whom I endorsed because of her activism in Parents Across America) was being outspent 4-1. She also said that a PAC had been created to defeat Peters. I don’t know who is giving money to block Peters. Nor do I know why.

What I do know is that our democracy is subverted when super-rich people can drop big campaign contributions into races where they don’t live and have no obvious interest or connection.

Who is directing the contributions? Who is coordinating the giving? What are their goals? Why do they want “their” candidates to take control? What is their agenda?

We should know the answers to these questions. Otherwise, we might well conclude that some unknown group is buying control of local school boards. We should know why.