For-Profit Higher Ed Rewards Those Who Oppose New Rules

September 20, 2010

Members of Congress who have signed letters opposing proposed tougher regulations for for-profit higher education have seen their contributions from the sector increase, according to an investigation by ProPublica. The nonprofit journalism organization found that members who signed letters opposing new rules have received $94,000 in 2010. For some of the lawmakers, this means much more money than they have received from the sector in the past. Rep. Donald Payne, a Democrat from New Jersey, received $6,000 in campaign contributions from for-profit higher ed from 2005 through 2009. In 2010, he received more than $20,000.

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