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Milwaukee Magazine: More On Scott Jensen

March 11, 2009

Interesting.  Here is some more information as follow-up to an earlier post.

In response to my story suggesting former Assembly Speaker Scott Jensencould become director of the newly formed MacIver Institute, Jensen wrote to say it’s not true. “I have a job I absolutely love at the Alliance for School Choice. They pay me well and I am passionate about my work there. I will not be leaving that post to take up any position at the MacIver Institute.”

Later, Jensen amended that somewhat, saying he is a consultant and his “main client” is the Alliance for School Choice. Jensen has done work for the group since at least 2006, when its federal tax form lists him as staff member working 38 hours a week and earning $126,045. In 2007, Jensen started a one-person consulting firm called Chartwell Strategic Advisors. Sure enough, the Alliance for School Choice tax form for 2007 dropped Jensen from the staff but added his Chartwell as a consultant, giving it $126,000.

How is it that this Washington, D.C.-based group added Jensen as a strategist?Perhaps because its former president (back when the group was called the American Education Reform Council) is Milwaukeean Susan Mitchell. Mitchell is still on the group’s board of directors. She also runs School Choice Wisconsin and has worked with Jensen and others to promote vouchers in this state.

Anyway, this seems to have left a little extra time for Jensen and Chartwell to help chart the course for the MacIver Institute. Liberal blogger Cory Liebmann foundJensen identified as the author in the PDF file for some of the Institute’s press releases.

What a field day for conspiracy theorists. Liebmann has also done some research on the group’s board of directors, which includes veteran GOP campaign activist Mark Block, who got in trouble for political campaign violations. The board chair is Fred Luber, the longtime Milwaukee business executive.

One Comment
  1. don permalink
    March 11, 2009 9:21 PM

    Are the two posts in the comment section of Murphy’s Law in the above mentioned article really from Scott Walker, or an impersonator?

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