Expenses records filed with the state’s lobbying regulator show the education battle show at least $757,093 was spent by both pro-charter school groups or the statewide teachers union during January and February.
The figure is likely to grow when the organizations reveal their March and April lobbying data later in the year with the Joint Commission on Public Ethics.
The New York State United Teachers union alone spent $591,093 during the first two months of the year, with money being spent on travel to Albany for rallies, advertising and in-house printing and postage.
Records show that during the same time period last year, NYSUT spent a fraction of that amount on lobbying costs: $179,350.
The ads and the rallies put a dent in Cuomo's poll numbers.
But Cuomo got his way on his education reform agenda anyway.
If you go back over this blog, you'll see different ad ideas I had for how to take on Cuomo and his education reform agenda (see here, here and here, for example)
NYSUT didn't take me up on my ideas (and to be honest, I didn't expect them to) and went with their own campaign instead.
It helped a little, since Cuomo's poll numbers, especially on education issues, dropped.
But the end result was still a major victory for Cuomo and a major defeat for teachers.
I would have helped design their ads for free and maybe gotten better results than NYSUT got for $600K.
This ad idea in particular would have had Cuomo and his flying attack monkeys jumping:
New Cuomo Ad Idea: Governor Cuomo Spends $1.7 Million On Court Costs To Keep From Spending More Money On Public School KidsThis came up in yesterday's post about how Cuomo is spending $1.7 million on legal fees and expert witnesses to keep from having to spend more money on public schools:
A reader wrote:
Cuomo is losing his sense of reality. I am now reading how Cuomo is spending almost 2 million dollars to defend not spending more money on schools!!!! This is so crazy people. Say it again, Cuomo is spending almost two million dollars to defend his policy of short changing schools of funding.
And that gave me an idea:
What say you NYSUT?
Want to take Cuomo's numbers down even more?
Run an ad with public school teachers looking into the camera and telling the public how Cuomo is spending nearly $2 million dollars on court costs to keep from having to pony up for more money for public school children.
Alas, was not to be.
Instead NYSUT and the UFT took him on their way and we got the results we did - complete defeat.