Mary Ann Sullivan, an at-large candidate, collected the most with her contributions topping $51,000. Her largest contribution came from the Indy Chamber's PAC, which amounted to $14,400 or over a quarter of her campaign receipts. Another $10,000 came from money left over from her losing state senate campaign. Christel DeHaan of Christel Academy charter school grade-fixing infamy, kicked in $5,000 to Sullivan's campaign. San Francisco venture capitalist and LinkedIn founder, Reid Hoffman, and his wife, Michelle Yee, kicked in $1,000 each. Shiel Sexton executive Richard Hennessy gave Sullivan $2,500. Republican businessman and former Indiana GOP Chairman Al Hubbard (also college roommate and presidential advisor to George W. Bush) gave the supposed life-long Democrat $5,000. Dennison Parking heir, Perry Griffith, Jr., added $1,000 to her campaign. Interestingly, she paid almost $16,000 to Jennifer Wagner's Mass Ave PR for consulting work. Wagner's husband, Gordon Hendry, is the supposed Democrat that Gov. Mike Pence appointed to the state board of education to become one of the biggest thorns in the side of Supt. of Education Glenda Ritz, a real Democrat.
Former IPS school board member and tool for Democrats for Education Reform, Kelly Bentley, raised over $41,000 in her bid to win the board seat in District 3. Like Sullivan, Bentley's biggest campaign contribution comes from the Indy Chamber's PAC, which gave her $7,000. Republican businessman Al Hubbard gives another supposed Democrat $5,000. Stacy Schusterman, a Tulsa, Oklahoma heiress to the Samson Oil fortune, gave Bentley $1,500. She also collected $1,000 each from San Francisco venture capitalist Reid Hoffman and his wife, Michelle Yee. Bentley's brother, Stephen Suess of New York, who made his fortune in developing Internet
Political novice and Carpe Diem Dean of Students, LaNier Echols, pulled in over $32,000 for her bid to represent District 5 on IPS' board. San Francisco billionaire businessman, Arthur Rock, who made his fortune in Silicon Valley, gave $5,000 to Echols. He also sits on the board of Teach for America. Tulsa heiress Stacy Schusterman kicked in $1,000 to her campaign. Elizabeth Edersheim from Scarsdale, New York, a former partner of McKinsey & Co. and management consultant to Fortune 100 companies, gave her $1,500. Emma Bloomberg, daughter of New York's billionaire mayor, Michael Bloomberg, donated $650 to Echols' campaign. Like Sullivan and Bentley, she also collected $1,000 each from San Francisco venture capitalist Reid Hoffman and his wife, Michelle Yee. Echols collected $7,000 from the Indy Chamber PAC. The Washington-based Leadership for Educational Equity gave $1,225 to her campaign.
The only other candidate who came close to the Stand for Children-backed candidates was the Rev. David Hampton, an at-large candidate. He raised about $22,000. Ice Miller lobbyist Lacy Johnson, who is a best friend of fellow lobbyist and IPS board member, Sam Odle, gave Hampton $5,000. Republican businessman Al Hubbard is hedging his bet in this race by giving $5,000 to Hampton as well as his opponent, Sullivan. Similarly, Christen DeHaan decided to kick in $3,000 to Hampton's campaign, in addition to her generous contribution to Sullivan. Lobbyist Greg Hahn, who hired IPS board member Sam Odle to work at his firm, donated $1,000 to Hampton.
Editor's Note: The blog's author was introduced to Stephen Suess many years ago, who told this author that he didn't have to work because he had made so much money from developing gay dating and porn sites. I left out the gay and dating site part, but he now claims it's untrue that he developed porn sites; he now says that he only developed gay dating websites and didn't make that much money from them. Suess bragged to the author about his ability to travel all over the world rather than work at the time because of the money he made from whatever that Internet-related work involved. His response to the "misunderstanding" is to post on his personal blog and accuse the author of being a child molester, which reveals a lot about his character.