Betsy DeVos for Education Secretary? She is very embedded in the conservative republican apparatus, but not necessarily in the Wall Street eastern establishment.
“DeVos has powerful family ties.” She, “is the daughter of an industrialist named Edgar Prince,” and married to Dick DeVos. “Her husband is the heir to a $5 billion fortune and her brother is Blackwater founder and U.S. Navy Seal Erik Prince.” (Betsy DeVos: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know , 11/23/16, By
“Dick DeVos … is the son of Richard DeVos Sr., the billionaire co-founder of the company Amway. … According to a Grand Rapids, Michigan blog, Richard DeVos Sr. ‘was active in the efforts to build the early Christian right in the mid-1970s and was an endorser of … electing real Christians to office.'” This legacy seems to be continuing. Betsy DeVos, “and her family are such significant donors to Republican causes that The Hill wrote this July that DeVos ‘belongs to arguably the most powerful family of political donors in America.’ … The Hill said ‘no family in conservative politics donated more’ money directly to political campaigns in 2015.” (Details Here) (Betsy DeVos: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know , 11/23/16, By
“Betsy DeVos is a graduate of Holland Christian High School and Calvin College… .” Her biography says she, “has been ‘active in Republican politics since college,’ serving as elected chairman of the Michigan Republican Party four times between 1996 and 2005. She has also held ‘numerous leadership roles with campaigns, party organizations, and political action committees … .'” (Betsy DeVos: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know , 11/23/16, By
The darkest part of this background involves her brother. “Her brother, Erik Prince, founded Blackwater, the controversial and now defunct security group that, according to The Washington Times, was a ‘mercenary firm’ that ‘gained infamy during the Iraq War for incidents involving civilian casualties.'” (Betsy DeVos: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know , 11/23/16, By
“More recently, Mr. Prince has ‘sought to secretly rebuild his private CIA and special operations enterprise by setting up foreign shell companies and offering paramilitary services,’ The Intercept reported http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/mar/24/erik-prince-former-blackwater-chief-under-investig/.”