Dustin Marshall & Texas Aspires

May 27, 2017

My opponent continues to not be transparent about his agenda:

In late April, I called into question his relationship with Texas Aspires, an organization that is openly lobbying the Texas legislature for funding for charter schools which ultimately take funding from public school districts like Dallas ISD. By May 4, the organization removed his name from their website and Mr. Marshall stated, "I’ve never spoken one word to those people in any way,” (via Dallas Morning News).

 

However, when we compared his Finance Reports to the leadership of Texas Aspires, we found that he has received more than $58,000 from 17 individuals (or organizations that these individuals represent) who are a part of Texas Aspires' leadership:

 

$1,000 – Harlan Crow, Texas Aspires Advocacy Board Member 12/22/2015

$1,000 – Harlan Crow, Texas Aspires Advocacy Board Member12/28/2015

$1,000 – Philip Wiggens, Texas Aspires Advocacy Board Member - 12/30/2015

$1,000 – Ken Barth, Texas Aspires Advocacy Board Member 12/31/2015

$500 – Catherine Rose, Texas Aspires Advocacy Board Member - 2/9/2016

$1,000 – John Scovell, Texas Aspires Advocacy Board Member - 2/25/2016

$4,000 – Harlan Crow, Texas Aspires Advocacy Board Member3/1/2016

$1,000 – Gil Besing, Texas Aspires Advocacy Board Member3/3/2016

$1,500 – Donald McNamara, Texas Aspires Advocacy Board Member - 3/09/2016

$2,000 – Philip Wiggins, Texas Aspires Advocacy Board Member - 3/10/2016 

$1,000 – Ray Hunt, Texas Aspires Advocacy Board Member - 4/5/2016 

$1,000 – Erle Nye, Texas Aspires Advocacy Board Member - 4/11/2016

$1,000 – Anne and Bob Raymond, Texas Aspires Board Member - 4/26/2016

$5,000 – Garrett Boone, Texas Aspires Board Member - 5/11/2016

$1,000 – Erle Nye, Texas Aspires Advocacy Board Member5/20/2016

$1,000 – Ray Hunt, Texas Aspires Advocacy Board Member - 5/20/2016

$1,000 – Philip Wiggins, Texas Aspires Advocacy Board Member5/25/2016

$1,000 – Jack Wensinger, Texas Aspires Advocacy Board Member - 5/31/2016

$1,000 – Ken Barth, Texas Aspires Advocacy Board Member6/7/2016

$500 – Regen Fearon, Texas Aspires Advocacy Board Member - 11/27/2016

$250 – Catherine Rose, Texas Aspires Advocacy Board Member 12/6/2016

$1,000 – Anne Raymond, Texas Aspires Advocacy Board Member - 12/6/2016

$1,000 – Philip Wiggins, Texas Aspires Advocacy Board Member - 12/7/2016

$1,000 – John Scovell, Texas Aspires Advocacy Board Member - 12/14/2016

$1,000 – Philip Wiggins, Texas Aspires Advocacy Board Member -  12/21/2016

$1,000 – Erle Nye , Texas Aspires Advocacy Board Member -  1/6/2017

$500 – Catherine Rose, Texas Aspires Advocacy Board Member1/24/2017

$1,000 – Ray Hunt, Texas Aspires Advocacy Board Member1/28/2017

$5,000 – Cecilia and Garrett Boone, Texas Aspires Advocacy Board Member - 1/31/2017

$1,000 – Gil Besing, Texas Aspires Advocacy Board Member2/28/2017

$500 – Clint McDonnough, Texas Aspires Advocacy Board Member - 3/7/2017

$1,000 – Lee Hobson, Texas Aspires Advocacy Board Member - 3/13/2017

$1,000 – John Scovell, Texas Aspires Advocacy Board Member 3/20/2017

$1,000 – Ken Barth, Texas Aspires Advocacy Board Member3/30/17

$3,000 – Dallas Kids First PAC (Founder, Ken Barth, Texas Aspires Advocacy Board Member) - 4/12/2017

$535.40 – Dallas Kids First PAC (Founder, Ken Barth, Texas Aspires Advocacy Board Member) - 4/22/2017 

$2,505.27 – Dallas Kids First PAC (Founder, Ken Barth, Texas Aspires Advocacy Board Member) - 4/23/2017 

$8,970 – Dallas Kids First PAC (Founder, Ken Barth, Texas Aspires Advocacy Board Member) - 4/26/2017

 

 

My opponent is trying to tell voters that he has no relationship to Texas Aspires, but that is deceitful given how much money he has received from 17 individuals closely associated with it. Given Texas Aspires work to direct taxpayer money away from public schools like Dallas ISD, this is a relationship that voters deserve to know about given that he is campaigning to be our Trustee. Our DISD Trustees should be advocating for more funding for our school district, educators and students, not less. 

 

Additionally, because he is working to hide and deny this relationship from voters to get elected, we must also ask, what other things is he willing to hide to remain as the DISD District 2 Trustee?

 

(Based on previous behavior, Mr. Marshall is very likely to say this information is not correct and disavow his relationship with Texas Aspires. As in the past, I encourage you not to only take my word for it, but also to check out his financials posted on the DISD website as well as the Texas Aspires Advocacy Board page.) 

 

I hope you will join me in supporting and advocating for our local public school system. Runoff Early Voting is May 30 - June 6. Runoff Election Day is June 10. 

 

 

 

 

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