Philanthropist Eli Broad inserted himself into a pivotal Los Angeles school board race at the last second this week, making the largest individual donation to any candidate.
Broad’s $100,000 didn’t go directly to a candidate for the open District 5 seat, but to a union running its own campaign on behalf of Heather Repenning. Such independent campaigns have no donation limits.
The election day contribution went to a political action committee run by Local 99 of Service Employees International, which represents school district employees. Broad has frequently opposed unions politically.
Local 99’s ideological alliances have sometimes shifted. It has typically supported board members running for reelection regardless of who else supports them. Click here to read more: https://www.latimes.com/local/education/la-me-edu-eli-broad-lausd-school-board-election-20190307-story.html