Trump’s Education Secretary Nom Failed To Report $125k Anti-Union Donation

Betsy DeVos, selected for Education Secretary by President-elect Donald Trump speaks during a rally, in Grand Rapids, Mich., Friday, Dec. 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Betsy DeVos, selected for Education Secretary by President-elect Donald Trump speaks during a rally, in Grand Rapids, Mich., Friday, Dec. 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

President-elect Donald Trump’s pick to lead the Department of Education initially failed to disclose a $125,000 donation to an anti-union group ahead of her Tuesday confirmation hearing, the Trump transition team has confirmed.

The Washington Post reported the omission, first flagged by the Democratic group research American Bridge, on Friday afternoon.

“We appreciate this being called to our attention and we will be updating our committee submission,” a transition team spokeswoman said Friday, according to the Post.

Betsy DeVos, a major conservative donor and charter school activist, declared $5 million in donations of $200 or more in a disclosure to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, the Post reported.

Her $125,000 donation to Protecting Michigan Taxpayers, which successfully lobbied against a ballot measure to add collective bargaining rights to the state’s constitution, was not included.

The omission comes amid protest from some Democrats that the Trump transition team has tried to rush the confirmation process and paper over incomplete disclosures.

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Trump’s nominee for attorney general, for example, failed to disclose 600 acres worth of mineral and oil rights, some adjacent to a federal wildlife refuge. He also omitted numerous appearances on Breitbart News’ radio and online platforms and his failed 1986 bid for a federal judgeship.

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