New Hampshire couple among wealthy school-choice advocates
CONCORD (AP) — An analysis by The Associated Press shows a retired insurance executive from Hanover who died in 2013 was among those who have shaped the school-choice movement across the country.
The AP analyzed the political contributions of 48 individuals and couples who since 2000 have given at least $100,000 to support statewide ballot initiatives on charter schools or voucher programs.
The list includes John and Dorothy Byrne, who in 2007 gave $1.2 million to support a failed Utah bond measure to allow vouchers. Their son Patrick is the founder of Utah-based Overstock.com. Along with the nearly $3 million he spent, the family's contributions amounted to three-quarters of the total spent in favor of the measure.
John Byrne, who rescued GEICO from bankruptcy in 1976, also was a benefactor of Dartmouth College.