The New York City-based independent expenditure committee “Education Reform Now Advocacy” registered today with the Hawaii Campaign Spending Commission.

With just a week to go before the Nov. 4 election, it’s unclear what local issue or candidate the committee is focusing on. The only report available online is the group’s organizational report, which states the committee has ties to Democrats for Education Reform.

Students at the Hawaiian immersion charter school Nawahiokalaniopuu Iki

Students at the Hawaiian immersion charter school Nawahiokalaniopuu Iki.

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The committee’s chairman is Patrick van Keerbergen, DFER’s political director and a longtime political organizer who served as the Manhattan field director for former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s reelection campaign.

As an independent expenditure committee — or super PAC — Education Reform Now Advocacy can spend and raise unlimited amounts of money as long as it doesn’t coordinate with any candidates.

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