All Children Matter

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All Children Matter (ACM) was founded by Amway founder and far-right philantrhopist Richard DeVos and his wife, Betsy DeVos. The organization became the pet project of Walmart heir John Walton, who put more than $4.1M into the organization in 2006 before he was killed in a plane crash.[1]

Fines for illegal election activity

In 2008, All Children Matter was fined $5.2 million by the Ohio Elections Commission for pumping millions of dollars into helping get pro-school voucher candidates elected in Ohio, Wisconsin and other states. Three years after the Commission imposed the record-breaking fine, the group had not yet paid it, according to the state attorney general. In 2008, the Elections Commission ruled unanimously that All Children Matter, then headed by former Michigan Republican Chairwoman Betsy DeVos, had illegally funneled $870,000 in contributions from its Virginia political action committee to its affiliate in Ohio. The payment violated a $10,000 cap on what Ohio-based, political-action committees could accept from any single entity. All Children Matter was also fined $500 in Wisconsin for providing media support for candidates without registering as a PAC.[2]


ACM was started in the spring of 2003 with the mission of training and funding candidates who promote school vouchers nationwide.


ACM Inc is a federal "527" organization, which can donate money directly to other PACS and can set up guerrilla Super PACs that campaign on behalf of political candidates without any direct coordination by the candidate's organization, in theory.

Its base of wealthy funders includes most of the Dead Billionaires Club (DBC)[3], including the DeVos family, the Koch brothers and ability to stealthily intervene in local, state and federal political races, the ACM network is an effective tool for the movement to privatize public education.


Executive Director

Greg Brock


Key Staff


ACM takes in massive amounts of money from a Who's Who list of radical right wing wealthy patrons.

2005 to 2007 Donations

According to the Virginia Public Access Project (VPAP)[4]:

John Walton Bentonville, AR $4,151,750
Advocates for School Choice Phoenix, AZ $500,000
Bruce Kovner New York, NY $500,000
Bill Oberndorf Mill Valley, CA $500,000
Julian H Robertson, Jr New York, NY $500,000
Virgina Manheimer Lambertville, NJ $350,000
Betsy DeVos Grand Rapids, MI $260,000
Robert Kern Waukesha, WI $250,000
Rick Sharp Henrico $250,000
David Brennan Akron, OH $150,000
Dino Cortopassi Stockton, CA $150,000
John Fisher San Francisco, CA $135,000
Peter Flanigan New York, NY $125,000
Bruce D Benson Denver, CO $100,000
Foster Friess Jackson, WY $100,000
Riverstone Group LLC Richmond $100,000
Alliance for School Choices in Education Milwaukee, WI $92,000
John Bryan Lake Oswego, OR $75,000
Koch Industries Inc Wichita, KS $75,000
Roger Hertog New York, NY $70,000
Richard Gilder New York, NY $50,000
Marcia Kern Peterson $50,000
Joseph E Robert, Jr Mc Lean $50,000
Lovett Peters Chestnut Hill, MA $30,000
Helen DeVos Lake Worth, FL $25,000
J.C. Huizenga Grand Rapids, MI $25,000
Lawrence J DeGeorge Jupiter, FL $20,000
Ted Forstmann New York, NY $15,000
Richard Devos, Jr Grand Rapids, MI $12,500
Richard DeVos Lake Worth, FL $12,500
Frank Baxter Los Angeles, CA $10,000
William J Hume San Francisco, CA $10,000
William Simon Pacific Palisades, CA $10,000
Paul Henkels Blue Bell, PA $9,500
Jim Blew Valencia, CA $5,000
Republican State Leadership Committee Alexandria $5,000
Lewis M Eisenberg Rumson, NJ $2,500
Evelyn Holtzman Palm Beach, FL $2,000
Chase Investment Council Corp Charlottesville $1,000
Thomas N Chewning Richmond $1,000
Kevin L Gentry Fairfax $1,000
Whitney Tilson New York, NY $500

Contact Information

229 S. Washington Street - Suite 115 Alexandria VA 22314


External References


  1. Rachel Tabachnik Pro-Voucher Astroturfing: Campaigns Across Nation Coordinated by DeVos, Funded by a Few Mega-Donors, Talk to Action ( site), April 24, 2011
  2. Associated Press/The (Wheeling, West Virginia) Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register School choice expanding as record fine languishes, published article/newspaper article, March 29, 2011
  3. Brian Ross The Dead Billionaires Club: The Dead Can't Vote, but Should They Give? Truth-2-Power, December 13, 2011
  4. All Children Matter - Money In - 2005-2007