John James Revealed: Betsy DeVos’ Family Goes In Big To Buy Senate Seat for John James

Michigan Radio Host: “It’s definitely a little bit weird to look at a campaign disclosure form and see six people with the same last name being stacked up there.”

In case you missed it, Michigan Public Radio offered a new look at Detroit News reporting that Betsy DeVos’ family is funneling nearly a million dollars into a super PAC dedicated to supporting failed Senate candidate John James. 

In an interview on Michigan Public Radio, the Detroit News reporter who broke the initial story said:

  • “We found that there was a group called Better Future Michigan Fund that had raised $800,000 from members of West Michigan’s DeVos family.”
  • “So this group Better Future Michigan Fund has had a stated objective of trying to help John James beat Gary Peters in 2020. And the fact that it’s already gotten $800,000 from members of the DeVos family is a signal of how much activity this group might be undertaking this year.”
  • “This PAC had six donors, all of them members of the DeVos family, and all of them giving between $100,000 and $200,000.”
  • “This is much more than they gave last time around.”

John James has praised Betsy DeVos, saying she was doing “very, very good” in her tenure at the U.S. Department of Education, where she has repeatedly softened rules meant to protect students who were swindled by for-profit colleges, sided with private schools over public schools, and weakened protections for campus sexual assault survivors. After this nearly million dollar haul, along with the $78,200 the DeVos’ have donated directly to James’ two Senate campaigns, it’s no surprise James is such a devoted supporter — and can be expected to push Betsy DeVos’ harmful agenda if elected senator.
The Michigan Democratic Party launched to hold the failed U.S. Senate candidate accountable for his positions – including those made over the course of the 2018 campaign that he then tried to delete after losing that campaign. Since announcing he’d run again, just over six months after his last failed bid, James has been hiding from Michigan voters and refusing to answer questions from Michigan media.