The Wake Citizens For Good Government PAC is back and giving money to help the Democratic candidates for Wake County school board and the Wake County Democratic Party.
Campaign finance reports show that the group had raised, as of Sept. 23, $18,520.82 and spent $16,854.54. The PAC gave $6,000 to the Wake County Democratic Party, $4,000 to school board candidate Monika Johnson-Hostler, $4,000 to school board candidate Zora Felton and $2,000 to school board member Tom Benton.
The donors read off as a list of Democratic activists and members of the Great Schools in Wake Coalition.
The biggest donors are Democratic pollster Dean Debnam and John Wilson, past executive director of the National Education Association. Each man gave $4,000.
Next up at the $1,000 level are former Wake County Democratic Party Chairman Mack Paul, former Wake County Commissioner Erv Portman, Lettice Rhodes of the Great Schools in Wake Coalition and Gerda Stein, who is the director of public information for the Center for Death Penalty Litigation.
Donors at smaller amounts include former Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker, Raleigh City Councilman Russ Stephenson and state Attorney General Roy Cooper's campaign committee. You've also got donations from former school board members Beverley Clark, John Gilbert and Susan Parry.
Also donating are Greg Flynn, who is a leader in GSIW, and William Clifford, the husband of GSIW chairwoman Yevonne Brannon.
One of the donors is attorney Michael Weisel, who acted as the point person for the different 527 groups that Debnam formed to defeat the Republican school board candidates in 2011.
Wake Citizens for Good Government was formed near the end of the 2009 campaign by Debnam in an unsuccessful bid to prevent the new Republican majority from getting elected. But the group worked in 2011 to get Democrats back in charge.
In addition to the donations, the group is sponsoring phone banks this year.