Fremont school board President Ivy Wu, who is seeking re-election, e-mailed me after reading today’s story about campaign fundraising. She said she’s not accepting money “from developers or any organizations.” That’s why she declined the two grand the Fremont Unified District Teachers Association had offered to her.
Also, FUDTA President Jeff Poe explained why the union gave candidate Bryan Gebhardt $2,500 but only offered $2,000 to Wu and Lily Mei.
When the union “pre-endorsed” Gebhardt early on in March, it wrote a check, using funds from FUDTA’s own political action committee. However, after deciding to endorse Mei and Wu this fall, FUDTA turned to the California Teachers Association’s political action committee for money to give the candidates. CTA decided it would offer only $2,000 per candidate. Hence, the discrepancy.
Poe said FUDTA has not decided whether it will offer more money to the other candidates (not that it matters to Wu).
By the way, Poe believes Mei has accepted the $2,000 from the union, although it sounds like she received the check after filing her most recent campaign finance statement with the Registrar of Voters Office. I guess the money will show up in her next finance statement, which is due Thursday.