The most expensive ballot initiative campaign in Mississippi history got costlier in September, as supporters of the Initiative 42 education funding measure continued to outraise opponents…
…Better Schools, Better Jobs — the political committee backing Initiative 42 — raised $357,000 in September. Of that, all but $40,000 came from the New Venture Fund, a Washington, D.C., charity that has given Better Schools, Better Jobs nearly $2 million over two years….
…One opposition group, the Improve Mississippi Political Initiative Committee, raised $200,000 last month. Although the committee is currently running television ads, it reported spending only about $150 through the end of September.
Chipping in $10,000 apiece were the campaign committees of four top Republicans — Gov. Phil Bryant, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, House Speaker Philip Gunn of Clinton and House Appropriations Committee Chairman Herb Frierson of Poplarville. Contributions also included $25,000 apiece from the Mississippi Manufacturers Association, the Mississippi Bankers Association, the Mississippi Realtors Association, the Homebuilders Association of Mississippi and the Mississippi Poultry Association.