A council or “meeting place” that has been around since 1973 that has drafted model legislation including the “Campus Free Speech” law endorsed by BOG members. Its funding largely comes from corporations and corporate foundations.
A national group once lead by U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and works nationally to expand private school vouchers, charter schools, and virtual schools. Darrell Allison is the national director for state teams and political strategy.
A taxpayer-funded “managed care” organization headquartered and Charlotte. It came under fire in 2017 for its spending practices after a state audit found luxurious expenses including in-state charter flights and excessive severance pay ($1.7 million) for top executives. Before Rob Bryan lost his reelection bid in September 2016, he became the Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategies and Real Estate at Cardinal Innovations Healthcare.
An organization created by John Bryan in 2013 as an offshoot of TeamCFA. As Bryan explained here, EFA was designed to be “the legislative and political arm of TeamCFA’s school choice efforts.” The organization is based in Oklahoma and BOG member C. Philip Byers has served as the North Carolina representative.
An Oregon business executive and major funder of the conservative school choice movement. He uses his $37 million family trust established in 1988, the Challenge Foundation, to expand charter schools across the country.
An “investment property” industry leader, Preiss is one of the largest student-housing companies in the nation. Smith co-owned off-campus student apartments with Preiss in Greensboro and Georgia.
Challenge Foundation Academy, a national network of charters funded by John Bryan and the Challenge Foundation trust. The network, founded in 2011, has 14 operating charters in North Carolina.
A major tobacco company headquartered in Winston-Salem that employed David Powers as its chief lobbyist and Martin Holton as general counsel and executive president. Reynolds was on the “Private Enterprise” board of ALEC from 2011-2013 and a “chair’ level sponsor of the ALEC Annual Conference in 2016. David Powers was RAI’s representative on the corporate board.
A “risk mitigation and insurance service” company that employs BOG member James Holmes, House Majority Leader John R. Bell IV and formerly employed Rep. David Lewis, vice chairman of appropriations and Chair of House Rules.
A Pope-backed group that was a key piece of Art Pope’s Independent Expenditure efforts and was critical to the 2010 Republican takeover of both chambers of state government. David Powers was involved in 2011.