Reform: Michelle Rhee Won't Say If Murdoch Is Funding Her
While much is being made of the Rupert Murdoch-Joel Klein connection this week, few seem to have considered the connections between the beleagured businessman and another big-name education reformer: Michele Rhee, who has been trying to drum up $1 billion to fund her new organization, Students First, for the past six months. A full donors list has never been released by the organization and federal 501c(4) rules allow for anonymous funders, but it's widely rumored that Murdoch was one of the first big-money guys to commit to funding the fledgling effort. After two days of emails and phone calls -- they must have been freaking out behind the scenes trying to figure out what to do -- a Rhee spokesperson would neither confirm nor deny the Murdoch money. "Our policy doesn't allow me to reveal who our donors are or aren't."