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Sen. Kay Hagan, D-NC, this morning in a conference call with reporters promoted a bill she has introduced that would stop for-profit colleges from using taxpayer-funded financial aid for marketing, recruiting, or advertising. "Make no mistake, Hagan's bill, if it becomes law, would cut for-profit schools off at their knees," says Salon.com. Hagan, a member of the Senate Health, Education and Labor and Pension Committee (HELP), cited one school that had 1700 recruiters and one counselor. That would be San Diego's Bridgepoint, says Salon, noting a previous compilation by the HELP committee. "Bridgepoint spends 30% of its revenue on marketing and recruitment," says Salon. It gets more than 85% of its revenue from the federal government. Hagan's bill would thwart the Bridgepoint ruse.

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mridolf June 20, 2012 @ 9:21 p.m.

But, but, but, according to the SDUT Bridgepoint puts all sorts of money into the San Diego economy. We can't dis them can we? They're family, right?

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Don Bauder June 20, 2012 @ 11:14 p.m.

Yes, that story in the UT was hilarious. The source of the study was the economic development corp. as I recall. I surmised that Bridgepoint paid for the study, but I don't know that. As I recall, there was an earlier study of how much Bridgepoint contributed to the local economy. The hookers boost the tourism industry, too; everybody knows it, so nothing is done to stop it, but I don't think anybody has done a study on how much the hookers contribute to the underground economy. Best, Don Bauder

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dwbat June 20, 2012 @ 9:36 p.m.

What chance of passage does the bill have? As much as a snowball in Hell?

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Don Bauder June 20, 2012 @ 11:16 p.m.

The Republicans seem to love the for-profit college scam. I thought Republicans wanted to curb wasteful/corrupt government spending, but certainly not in this case. Best, Don Bauder

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SurfPuppy619 June 21, 2012 @ 12:19 a.m.

Hagan, a member of the Senate Health, Education and Labor and Pension Committee (HELP), cited one school that had 1700 recruiters and one counselor

Dispicable

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Don Bauder June 21, 2012 @ 9:35 a.m.

HELP earlier identified that school (well, purported school) as Bridgepoint or its main operation, Ashford. Best, Don Bauder

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dwbat June 21, 2012 @ 9:39 a.m.

Bridgepoint buys a lot of local TV ad time, so you don't see any investigative reporting on them from our TV stations, either.

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Don Bauder June 21, 2012 @ 2:44 p.m.

That power of the advertising dollar influences news coverage -- no doubt about it. The textbooks say it doesn't happen, but the textbooks are terribly naive. Best, Don Bauder

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laplayaheritage June 21, 2012 @ 3:54 p.m.

Previous comments from Congressman Bob Filner on Bridgepoint's predatory practices of targeting Veterans for their GI Benefits Filner helped secure.

http://sdrostra.com/?p=27253

“I have decided not to attend today’s mayoral debate because there is a no more fitting image of what is wrong with San Diego than Bridgepoint hosting a private mayoral forum. You need to look no further to see the power of special interests in dictating the actions of City Hall.

Read my full statement here: Filner Spurns Forum, Denounces Bridgepoint’s Veterans Exploitation

San Diego, CA – Hours before the start of the Chamber of Commerce and Bridgepoint Education Mayoral Forum at the “Sunroad” Building, U.S. Congressman and Mayoral candidate Bob Filner issued a statement denouncing the predatory practices of Bridgepoint and their taxpayer-funded targeting of veterans and their G.I. Bill funds.

Below is Filner’s statement regarding Bridgepoint and the undue power of special interests in City Hall:

“I have decided not to attend today’s forum because there is a no more fitting image of what is wrong with San Diego then Bridgepoint Education hosting a private Mayoral Forum. You need to look no further to see the power of special interests in dictating the actions of City Hall.”

“Bridgepoint Education, which is currently under investigation by the Department of Education, receives over 80% of its funding from public dollars, and explicitly targets veterans for their G.I. Bill benefits. The company spends more on recruitment than instruction at an almost 3-to-1 margin, and bears the distinction of a 63% dropout rate, well above the national average. As the past Chairman of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, I find these actions deplorable and a blatant abuse of public dollars.”

“My opponent, Nathan Fletcher, has publicly lauded Bridgepoint Education as a “success story,” and the company has responded in kind by donating close to 40,000 dollars to his campaign, including maximum donations from every member of Bridgepoint’s executive leadership. I find it hard to believe that as a veteran himself, Nathan can support an organization that is exploiting the benefits of our nation’s brave men and women.”

As Mayor, I will ensure that there are no more special interests, and that the focus of city government remains committed to protecting our veterans and the honest working men and women of San Diego.””

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Don Bauder June 21, 2012 @ 5:42 p.m.

The marriage of the San Diego establishment and predator Bridgepoint unfortunately tells volumes about the local leadership. Best, don bauder

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SurfPuppy619 June 22, 2012 @ 11:40 a.m.

“My opponent, Nathan Fletcher, has publicly lauded Bridgepoint Education as a “success story,”

If TRUE, Fletcher is DOA

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Don Bauder June 22, 2012 @ 11:42 a.m.

I do not know if it is true, but it sounds like Fletcher. Best, don bauder

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SurfPuppy619 June 23, 2012 @ 7:39 p.m.

Don, give Fletch a call, get his position on this issue, straight from the horses mouth.

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Don Bauder June 23, 2012 @ 9:46 p.m.

What is the relevance of his position on this issue? What can he do about it? Best, don bauder

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SurfPuppy619 June 25, 2012 @ 6:18 p.m.

If he said these crooks are a "success'" story then I think it is highly relevant

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Don Bauder June 25, 2012 @ 7:49 p.m.

Yes, if Fletcher called Bridgepoint a success story, the voters of San Diego shhowed great wisdom rejecting him for mayor. Best, don bauder

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Burwell June 23, 2012 @ 10:46 p.m.

Fletcher has to find a corporation to give him a job in the interim before his next political campaign. If Romney wins, there's a good chance Fletcher will receive a patronage position in the federal government. Maybe Romney will appoint him to a dime a dozen under secretary position at the Pentagon. Jerry Sanders might go to Washington if Romney wins. I'm sure his wife Rana could obtain a low level appointment in the Department of Justice. I don't know what Jerry could do.

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Don Bauder June 23, 2012 @ 11:41 p.m.

Jerry Sanders could be a beat cop in Washington, DC. Fletcher could sweep floors at the DOJ. Best, don bauder

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SurfPuppy619 June 26, 2012 @ 10:27 a.m.

Dang, I was hoping KFC Sanders would stay local just in case Shamu over at Seaworld went on stike , Sanders would be the perfect fill in :)

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Don Bauder June 26, 2012 @ 10:31 p.m.

Or Sanders could set up his own for-profit university that would teach his brand of politics. It would be called Sham U. Best, Don Bauder

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Burwell June 26, 2012 @ 11:52 p.m.

There's talk around town that the F Street Bookstore chain has offered Sanders a position as Director of Loss Prevention.

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Don Bauder June 27, 2012 @ 5:10 p.m.

Look at the losses he claimed to eliminate in San Diego. He let the infrastructure rot and then claimed t.he buDget was in order. Maybe the streets and neighborhoods aren't, but what the hell. Best, don bauder

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