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Report: Brian Moran’s For-Profit “Education” Group Works Closely with ALEC, House Republicans

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(UPDATE: President Obama is going after these scumbags. – promoted by lowkell)

Based on this new report, and also the voluminous information we already have about APSCU — the leading for-profit “education” trade association where DPVA chair Brian Moran works as a top lobbyist, strategist, and (recently) acting president — Moran needs to be fired as DPVA chair immediately. As in, yesterday. As in, this minute. Check this out.

Republic Report has learned that the Washington Post Company’s Kaplan for-profit college division, was, last year, a member of the controversial business advocacy group the American Legislative Exchange Council. Other major for-profit education companies also joined ALEC. Republic Report has obtained a July 2011 document showing Kaplan Higher Education and other for-profits as members of ALEC’s Education Task Force

APSCU, the for-profit schools trade association, which hires expensive lobbyists like former Senator Trent Lott to pressure Congress, and works hand-in-hand with the House Republican leadership on bills to prevent bad actors in the industry from being held accountable for waste, fraud, and abuse. APSCU members include DeVry, ITT, ATI, Education Management Corp., Career Education Corp., and Mitt Romney favorite Full Sail University, as well as Kaplan, Bridgepoint, and Corinthian.

These affiliations between for-profit colleges and ALEC raise some serious questions.

Not surprisingly, “Bridgepoint, Corinthian, and APSCU did not respond to our requests for comment.”

Clearly, it’s unacceptable for the head of the Democratic Party of Virginia (DPVA) to simultaneously work as a top officer in the leading lobby group for the for-profit “education” industry. It’s even worse that the DPVA is busy denouncing ALEC, at the same time that the head of the DPVA works closely with ALEC. Or, that DPVA is busy attacking George Allen on higher education student loan interest rates – as it did yesterday in a press release – when the head of the DPVA is busy advocating for an industry which saddles veterans, minorities, and many other students with huge student loan debts and degrees of questionable worth. At the minimum, this undercuts the very message DPVA is putting forth on an extremely important, indeed core, issue to the Democratic Party — EDUCATION  

Here’s the thing: it’s not like Brian Moran is indispensable to DPVA and can’t be replaced. To the contrary, about the best you could possibly say is that Moran has not presided over the Titanic going completely under, although we’ve now suffered three straight horrendous years at the polls in Virginia, with the only turnaround in sight thanks to President Obama’s and Tim Kaine’s campaigns this year, neither of which is counting on DPVA for much of anything (because they’re smart and they don’t want to go down with the Titanic).

Meanwhile, the metaphorical Virginia Democratic “decks” remain awash, the metaphorical “iceberg” continues ripping into the state party’s hull, and the metaphorical “lifeboats” are full of Democrats desperately fleeing the ship. The question is, when are we going to finally say, “enough is enough” on the moral, ethical and political disaster that is Brian Moran? When are reporters going to start asking Moran about this at every opportunity, and stop throwing him softball after softball, apparently terrified to do their jobs as journalists? Finally, when are Brian Moran’s enablers – including the nearly 30% who have indicated in our Blue Virginia poll a lack of willingness to change “captains” – going to stop enabling him and call for him to step aside? Time’s a wasting, the “Titanic” is sinking steadily…

  • Peter Rousselot

    It’s time for all Virginia Democrats to face our conflict of interest head on. As this “elephant in the room” keeps growing, our space in this room gets smaller and smaller.

    Lowell nails it when he concludes:

    “It’s even worse that the DPVA is busy denouncing ALEC, at the same time that the head of the DPVA works closely with ALEC. Or, that DPVA is busy attacking George Allen on higher education student loan interest rates – as it did yesterday in a press release – when the head of the DPVA is busy advocating for an industry which saddles veterans, minorities, and many other students with huge student loan debts and degrees of questionable worth.”

    Moreover, the lobbying group that Brian Moran chairs by day, the APSCU, has been attacking, suing and undercutting, President Obama’s Education Department’s efforts to protect students from these predatory lending practices, while at the same time Brian Moran is trying to act as one of the principal spokespeople in Virginia for President Obama’s re-election campaign. These dual roles are not sustainable when the APSCU and ALEC are in bed with each other.

    It’s time for Brian Moran to resign as DPVA Chair.  

  • Dan Sullivan

    Will he be advocating for student loan bailouts for students preyed upon by his clients after all is done and said?  

  • Say What

    is off to Fort Stewart, GA today to talk about what? Oh say ….  the predatory practices of For Profit online “colleges” that have been milking the Jim Webb inspired Veterans G.I. Bill.

    I understand needing money and making a living …. so Brian Moran should do what’s best for him and his family.

    But as far as being a politician and leader of the DPVA he is DAMAGED GOODS. Sorry Brian …. but you chose the wrong thing to lobby for. Resign and Move Along.

  • IBelieveInHenryHowell

    He needed to go a long time ago, but if he does not leave now then the DPVA will lose all its credibility. Gotta Go.  

  • Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

  • NotJohnSMosby

    you really should find someone who

    A) wants the job

    B) can do the job

    C) can do the job better than Brian

    D) that a majority of voting members of DPVA can agree on

    If you don’t find that person or persons and get them involved in the process, you will get absolutely nowhere with 95% of DPVA members.  People may not be very happy with Brian’s day job, but I don’t see a line of credible alternatives forming anywhere.

  • No Party

    This will happen when pigs fly.

  • by the moron media. Somehow, that seems appropriate in this case.