First Look at Fight for Schools’ Finances

Fight for Schools, the conservative PAC spearheading the recall of School Board members, reported raising over $134,000 from April to June in its first-ever financial disclosure filing. 

Fight for Schools was started by Loudoun parents in opposition to the School Board’s racial equity work and has pushed allegations of Critical Race Theory being taught in schools. 

The total funds raised were $134,259 through 1,545 individual donations, and the reported cash on hand is $106,763. The filings don’t reveal payments to employees. Executive Director Ian Prior, a former Trump DOJ spokesperson, said that the PAC is run entirely by volunteers, and was started by a group of parents gathered in a backyard.  Many PACs pay employees and make outstanding payments after financial filing deadlines to show more cash on hand. Next quarter’s filings will be far more indicative of the groups’ spending, structure, and fund-raising muscle. 

“I think was we are most proud of is the fact that we received 1,545 individual donations, that is just another indicator that our message is resonating,” Prior said. 

While the PAC has a hyper-local focus on Loudoun schools, out-of-town donations total $17,460, coming in from across the country, from Fairfax County to California.

The PAC quickly became a fixture in the Loudoun County political sphere since it began on April 6, holding press conferences and rallies about CRT.  Prior regularly appears on Fox News alleging that the School Board is politicizing schools with its equity work. Prior also spoke at an event in Loudoun County where Republican gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin introduced his education plan for the state. 

Records show the PAC has used $27,495 in expenditures so far, including $500 payments to both Loudoun County Republican Women’s Club and the PAC Stand Up Virginia.

The largest donation was a $10,000 contribution from Sharon Virts Mozer of Leesburg.

14 thoughts on “First Look at Fight for Schools’ Finances

  • 2021-07-16 at 12:44 pm

    Imagine redirecting even a fraction of this “journalist’s” obsession and bias into the how we ended up with the CA with whom Louduon is saddled. What were the sources and uses of her campaign money, down to the dollar?

    Or how about a deep dive into the Freedom Center… wouldn’t that be fun? Since Loudoun taxpayer money is involved.

    • 2021-07-16 at 5:20 pm

      God forbid a journalist attempt to report on a dark money organization trying to disrupt our community. It’s almost like they’re trying to act like the Fourth Estate or something!

      Enough with these outside agitators involving themselves in our business. Enough with collecting money by scaring Loudoun residents about non-existent boogeymen in order to direct thousands of dollars to other dark money organizations with even more nefarious purposes.

      • 2021-07-17 at 2:30 pm

        Did you feel that way when Messrs. Bloomberg and Soros poured millions into Virginia elections?

        ANd would you mind pointing out where LN dug into the funding of (D) politicians and left wing organizations?

        • 2021-07-19 at 10:18 am

          I don’t like dark money at all. So, yes, I felt the same way.

          As for other campaign finance stories, I’m not going to do your homework for you. Stop being a sea-lion troll.

          • 2021-07-19 at 12:02 pm

            Adorable that you reply to my original comment and then call me a troll.

            Your glass house has no mirrors?

      • 2021-07-17 at 5:24 pm

        I think I read that same response from the other side in connection to the KKK materials left in driveways.

      • 2021-07-18 at 4:21 pm

        The article stated only 13% of the funding came from out-of-town. So how are you remotely alleging “outside agitators” given 87% of the funding is local?

  • 2021-07-16 at 12:51 pm

    That money could be the start of a private school for them! perfect solution. Call it the School of Hate and let them all go there.

  • 2021-07-16 at 2:36 pm

    Cool. Loudoun Now should make this a regular thing. Let’s start with the school board. Then the Harrison Street squad, and every other elected public servant, along with every political group active in LoCo.

  • 2021-07-16 at 3:58 pm

    Why are newspapers operating in bizzaro world? I’d love it if they dug into any of the myriad of public agencies in Loudoun and the money they waste, but they spend time on a brand-new PAC instead. Why?

  • 2021-07-16 at 5:02 pm

    So let me get this straight….

    Some political action committee is trying to, what, fund a different PAC, the treasurer for which was involved in trying to run the Starbucks CEO for president in the last cycle? They gave Stand Up Virginia $27,000? This group propped up on straw man causes claiming to “back the blue,” against non-existent voter fraud and … for the win, the hilarious fight against CRT that isn’t actually being taught in schools?

    Is this like campaign money laundering for failed political causes?

    Hilarious. I didn’t know Ms. Virts and others were such gullible fools. Love that outside money too!

  • 2021-07-16 at 5:29 pm

    I didn’t donate to this group but if those that did feel the group is not fighting for them, the purpose of the donation, then they should be able to get the money back. I doubt 1 donor would ask for a refund.

    I wish the same would apply to tax payments.

  • 2021-07-17 at 11:55 am

    This seems like a very balanced objective because it is REALLY important to know how such objectors to the school monopoly (which spends about $7.8 million property tax dollars per school day) manage or mismanage their $134,000 voluntarily donated to them. How many people were paid for not working at all in the school system last year? How many people were given bonuses for doing their job last year in an organization not authorized to give out bonuses and still meet the state statute controlling the system? (22.1-79) Where were the savings of millions for not running 800 plus buses every day during 2020? Does anyone think that was less than $134,000 for a year of not transporting 80,000 children to and from school EVERY DAY? 🙂

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