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Following the money in the JCPS school board races

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – As I reported on Sunday, a lot more money flowed into Jefferson County school board races this year.

A new kid on the block – the Bluegrass Fund -- has become a formidable counterweight to the Jefferson County Teachers Association thanks to the backing of several prominent business people in Louisville.

Here's my best attempt to quantify how much the Bluegrass Fund and the teachers union PAC, Better Schools Kentucky, have spent on their respective candidates through independent expenditures (money that is not given directly to the candidate or coordinated with his/her campaign).

One big caveat: The reports I have from the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance only go through Oct. 20 for the Bluegrass Fund and through Oct. 2 for the JCTA. For JCTA in particular, these reports only tell us about their activity through the end of September. We won't get a full picture of how these groups spent their money until well after today's election.

District 3 (eastern Jefferson County)

JCTA has spent $144,537 on behalf of its candidate, attorney Stephanie Horne. Bluegrass Fund has spent $117,086 on behalf of CPA Angie Moorin.

District 5 (south Louisville)

Bluegrass Fund has spent $86,566 on behalf of Richard O. Brown, the University of Louisville business manager who is trying to unseat 8-year board member Linda Duncan. The JCTA has spent $119,017 trying to keep Duncan in the seat.

District 6 (south central Louisville)

In this race, both of these powerful groups have coalesced behind Lisa Willner, the psychology professor / non-profit executive challenging 28-year board member Carol Ann Haddad. If Willner does not beat Haddad, it won't be for lack of advertising. JCTA has spent $142,503 for Willner, while Bluegrass Fund has spent $49,456.

All this money has gone mainly into radio spots, yard signs and mailers, according to the reports – though apparently there were some TV buys as well.

JCTA's reports show that in late August, the union PAC spent $100,000 on “advertising” for each of the three candidates at Current Marketing in Butchertown.

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