DeVos Omitted $125,000 Anti-Union Politi- cal Donation from Senate Disclosure Form

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Education Secretary-designate Betsy DeVos speaks at a rally in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in December 2016. (Andrew Harnik/AP)

Reprinted from The Washington Post by Emma Brown on January 13, 2017.

President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team acknowledged Friday that Betsy DeVos, Donald Trump’s pick for education secretary, omitted a $125,000 political donation from disclosures she submitted to a Senate committee in advance of her confirmation hearing, which is scheduled for Tuesday.

“We appreciate this being called to our attention and we will be updating our committee submission,” a transition team spokeswoman said Friday.

The missing donation — to a Michigan committee that successfully opposed a ballot initiative that would have enshrined collective-bargaining rights in the state constitution — represents a small fraction of the more than $5 million in donations that DeVos did disclose last week to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP). …

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