Laxalt contributor invoked KKK in effort to dismantle public schools

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Adam Laxalt speaking the night of his primary victory (Laxalt campaign video screenshot).

Nevada Attorney General and Republican gubernatorial candidate Adam Laxalt received $10,000 in campaign contributions from a Missouri billionaire who advocates for dismantling the public school system and once quoted a judge who says the school system is a creation of the Ku Klux Klan.

Rex Sinquefield is the founder of the Show-Me Institute, a conservative think tank “dedicated to free markets and individual liberty.”

Via the Show-Me Institute, Sinquefield is advocating for conservative policies. He’s also throwing his substantial personal wealth around in Missouri races and beyond, including $50,000 to the New America PAC, which is closely tied to Florida Republican Senate candidate Rick Scott.

In 2005, Sinquefield contributed $2,100 to Sharron Angle’s 2006 congressional primary, which she lost to Dean Heller by 428 votes.

Sinquefield’s website says he and his wife, Jeanne, are proponents of school choice.

According to the site, in 2009 Sinquefield helped defend the State of Missouri against a lawsuit filed by 271 of it 524 school districts, which claimed the state was not adequately funding schools. The state prevailed in the suit.

A spokesman for Laxalt’s campaign did not respond to requests for comment.

Dana Gentry
Reporter | Dana Gentry is a native Las Vegan and award-winning investigative journalist. She is a graduate of Bishop Gorman High School and holds a Bachelor's degree in Communications from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Gentry began her career in broadcasting as an intern at Channel 8, KLAS-TV. She later became a reporter at Channel 8, working with Las Vegas TV news legends Bob Stoldal and the late Ned Day. Gentry left her reporting job in 1985 to focus on motherhood. She returned to TV news in 2001 to launch "Face to Face with Jon Ralston" and the weekly business programs In Business Las Vegas and Vegas Inc, which she co-anchored with Jeff Gillan. Dana is the mother of four adult children, three cats, three dogs and a cockatoo.

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