So, just who are the ‘three guys who may pick your next mayor’?

 A scene from the ad brought to you by American Cities, the independent expenditure group backing state Sen. Anthony Williams in the Philadelphia mayor's race. (Image via YouTube)

A scene from the ad brought to you by American Cities, the independent expenditure group backing state Sen. Anthony Williams in the Philadelphia mayor's race. (Image via YouTube)

WHYY’s Dave Davies, with the help of education reporter Laura Benshoff, peels back layers of mystery surrounding the “three guys who may pick your next mayor.”

Specifically, we’re talking about  the principals in a Bala Cynwyd-based securities-trading firm who are funding an independent effort to support Tony Williams’ mayoral campaign.

Here’s an excerpt from the story:

As best I can tell, they’re three very rich guys who are driven not by financial self-interest, but by an ideological commitment to school choice — charter schools and taxpayer-funded tuition vouchers for private and parochial schools.

The three men determined to see Williams become the next mayor are Jeff Yass, Arthur Dantchik and Joel Greenberg. … Dantchik is on the board of the libertarian Cato Institute. …

One of the three donors, Greenberg, recently consented to an interview — though he wouldn’t be taped for broadcast. He wanted to say that the political donations have nothing to do with financial self-interest.

“We are not in this to run charter schools, to manage charter schools. This is purely altruistic,” Greenberg said. “We view this as helping kids have a choice who are trapped in failing, oftentimes violent schools.”

There’s much more that what’s encapsulated in those previous four paragraphs, so check out the full story via this link.

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