I trust you can see that The Parents Campaign does not speak of itself as an advocate for educating orinforming teachers and public employees on legislative voting records, nor does it state that theirinformation is meant for anyone other than the parents of Mississippi children. They function by theirown admission as a parent advocacy group. Their mission does, however, point to the inherent politicalnature of their work.The Parents Campaign parades itself as a non-partisan coalition of parents. Some during the Augustschool board meeting used
the term “non
partisan” as a means by which the original action should be
justified, as if were apolitical. To the contrary, t
he very term “non
is political in nature; thusThe Parents Campaign is a political organization by their own admission and outlined in their missionstatement.As a reference,
Webster’s Dictionary defines “political” as “of or
relating to government, a government,or the conduct of government; of, relating to, or concerned with the making as distinguished from theadministration of governmental policy; of, relating to, involving, or involved in politics and especiallyparty politics; organized in governmental terms; and involving or charged or concerned with acts against
a government or a political system.”
While some non-partisan groups are truly such, most, in fact, are by and large identifiable with apolitical party when you research their activities. This is indeed the case with The Parents Campaign.Most astute political observers a
round the state could argue this group’s “non
with ease,what with their paid lobbyist and obvious political affiliations routinely shown during legislative talks.
According to the Mississippi Secretary of State’s website, The Parents Campaign is not only a non
-profitadvocacy group, but it focuses its attention on lobbying. The Parents Campaign has had three registeredlobbyists under its umbrella
Executive Director Nancy Loome, Deborah Meador and Cynthia White.As a general thought, a lobbyist is someone, or a group, that represents their interests before a politicalbody in an attempt to influence the will of that political body and direct a specific outcome to benefitsaid lobbyist. Any information developed by lobbyists then would be political in nature and would beintended to address political issues. The information may be perceived as non-partisan, but it isdefinitely not apolitical. Political organizations produce political materials.Another interesting point is that Dick Molpus is listed as the Vice President of The Parents Campaign.You may remember Molpus as the Democratic S
ecretary of State back in the 1980’s as well as the
Democratic nominee for Governor in 1995. However, Molpus is just one politically active member of this
group’s inner circle; I could gladly name others. While a
ffiliation with former political leaders may notbe an indictment that The Parents Campaign is non-partisan, any logical person could make thecorrelation to a specific political affiliation whether such influence is practiced above or below the table.
What’s more, I would be remiss in
highlighting the political nature of The Parents Campaign if I did not
also point out the group’s mass emails, routinely laced with quotes from legislators who sit squarely on
the proverbial left side of the aisle at the Capitol, legislators such as Democratic Rep. Cecil Brown.