School funding initiative backers keep outraising opponents

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.