Betsy DeVos has made it very clear that she buys influence. Case in point, the newly nominated head of the US Department of Education provided Marco Rubio with $98,300 right before he voted “yes” to her confirmation.
The Senator accepted that money even though he once proclaimed, “I view the Senate as a place that can always act as a check and balance on whoever the next president is.”
The new Education Secretary and her family members donated the money according to Federal Election Commission reports.
FiveThirtyEight points out that Marco Rubio has backed 100% of Donald Trump’s picks for various government positions.
The Miami New Times added this fun little tidbit (warning: It’s not really fun or even slightly amusing):
“DeVos is hellbent on tearing down public education and replacing it with charter schools and private religious schools. She says her larger goal is to “advance God’s kingdom,” which is an interesting take on a philosophy that critics say hurts disadvantaged kids.
In this case, Rubio didn’t even put up a front about resisting Trump’s pick like he did when grilling Secretary of State Rex Tillerson before ultimately voting for him. Despite protesters’ marches on his district offices and enough phone calls to fill his D.C. inbox, Rubio voted yes — a key vote in a 50-50 deadlock broken by Vice President Mike Pence.”
The Center for American Progress says DeVos has given almost $1 million to the same senators who voted for her confirmation and Rubio topped that list.
Here’s what DeVos once said about buying influence in Washington, “I have decided, however, to stop taking offense at the suggestion that we are buying influence. Now I simply concede the point. They are right… We expect a return on our investment.”
Unfortunately, this return on investment is going to hurt the average American student and force religion down the throats of millions of underprivileged students.
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James Kosur is the former Editor-In-Chief and co-founder of Hill Reporter. He recently served as an editor for Business Insider and various other publications. James and his partners sold Hill Reporter to a new owner in July 2019.