DANIEL MCKEE: ADVANCING TRUMP’S EDUCATION POLICY IN RHODE ISLAND

Our kids are our future, and Rhode Island needs leaders who will help develop a world class education system to help all our kids meet their potential and have the opportunity to succeed. Unfortunately, Rhode Island’s Lieutenant Governor Dan McKee seems more interested in carrying forward the big money agenda of Trump’s billionaire (and anti-public education activist) Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos than making sure that all our kids get what they need.   

Speaking at a closed-door meeting DeVos praised McKee for advancing Trump’s anti-public school agenda, saying, “I appreciate your leadership on this issue and thank you for promoting these reforms.”

We can’t trust our public schools to Dan McKee when he is being supported by Republican billionaires like the Waltons (the family behind Walmart) and Republican donor Stacy Schusterman. And it’s no surprise that McKee is being supported by 50CAN, the conservative education reform vehicle whose former director Jim Blew is now helping Betsy DeVos carry out her agenda at the Trump Department of Education. Nor is it surprising that McKee was backed heavily—to the tune of $150,000 in 2014—by the Walton Family Foundation, who has financed the DeVos education agenda for years, contributing an average of 32% of the funding to DeVos’s Alliance for School Choice between 2004-2014.

Dan McKee is working an angle, but he’s not working in the best interest of our kids. Rhode Island needs a Lt. Governor that will support our kids and public education system – not one who will turn our public schools into into a playground for billionaires.

We can’t trust our kids’ future to Dan McKee. There’s a better choice for Rhode Island families. Vote for Aaron Regunberg for Lieutenant Governor.

THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR AND THE OXYCONTIN BILLIONAIRE

Lieutenant Governor Dan McKee is the choice of opioid executives and that’s why they are sending his campaign their cash. These are the very same opioid executives who are behind the public health crisis that has caused thousands of prescription opioid-related deaths and is impacting too many Rhode Island families every day. Rhode Island needs leaders who we can count on to be the voice of the victims, not the people who both caused and profited off the opioid crisis.  

Lieutenant Governor Dan McKee and OxyContin Billionaire Jonathan Sackler.

Dan McKee took campaign contributions from the family and employees of Jonathan Sackler, a member of the family that has made billions off Purdue Pharmaceuticals, the manufacturer of OxyContin. Despite knowing how the Sacklers made their money, McKee neither refused nor returned the money. When confronted about about his controversial acceptance of opioid cash, McKee pledged to donate these ill-gotten gains to reputable charities that work on the crisis. To date, there is no evidence in his legally required campaign finance disclosures that he ever donated that money.

On June 25, 2018, Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin filed a lawsuit against Purdue Pharmaceuticals. According to the lawsuit, “Purdue misrepresented the risk of addiction for pain patients as modest, manageable, and outweighed by the benefits of opioid use.”  The Attorney General also noted that Purdue heavily marketed OxyContin to Rhode Island doctors.

According to the Rhode Island Overdose Prevention and Intervention Task Force, 2,067 Rhode Islanders died from opioid overdoses between 2009 and 2017. Prescription opiates like OxyContin were involved in the majority (1,093) of these overdose deaths, and were solely responsible for more than one-quarter of all Rhode Island overdose deaths during that period.  Rhode Island’s opioid death rate in 2015 was the fifth highest in the nation.

According to the lawsuit, the State of Rhode Island’s opioid prescription rate reached an astonishing 83.2 prescriptions per 100 residents.

Sackler and Independent Expenditure Campaigns that Support McKee

Sackler also donated heavily to independent expenditure committees that backed McKee in 2014 and is again dropping serious money into the race to re-elect McKee.  In 2018, the 50CAN Action Fund, an anti-public education effort seeking to drain money from the public schools for charters and private profit, is a top donor of the McKee re-election bid.  Jonathan Sackler is a major backer of 50CAN, donating more than $1 million to the organization through his family foundation.

Opioid executives want Dan McKee. Rhode Island voters should not. 

Vote for Aaron Regunberg for Lieutenant Governor

A Better Choice for Rhode Island

Aaron Regunberg fought to take on a rigged system by passing laws to help everyday Rhode Islanders. He’s running for Lieutenant Governor to push for even bigger change.

  • As a state legislator, Aaron fought against the expansion of corporate charter schools and for greater funding for our public schools.
  • He helped Providence Public School students win healthier lunches, access to free school transportation, and more. As a legislator, Aaron helped win greater investments for our young people and brought attention to our crumbling school buildings. As Lt. Governor, Aaron will keep the spotlight on fixing public facilities and funding educational programs  that our kids need.
  • Aaron helped defeat Deborah Gist’s unfair high-stakes testing NECAP policy, was one of teachers’ strongest advocates at the State House for contract continuation, and has consistently stood up for greater resources for public higher education.
  • Aaron is running to stand up for Rhode Island’s working families. He led the fight to win paid sick days for over 100,000 families who did not have them, and has championed legislation to raise wages and ensure Rhode Islanders have access to safe, family-supporting jobs. As Lt. Governor, Aaron will fight to make our state government work for everyone, not just the wealthy and well-connected few.
    • Aaron’s campaign is refusing to accept money from corporate PACs.