But Allen has her own backers - and a good number of them are involved in education reform.
Allen filed two campaign reports during the past two months. She reported $31,941 in donations, all from individuals. Imagine Schools' CEO Dennis Bakke ($1,000), Jeb Bush ($250), Chester Finn ($100), and KIPP's Mike Feinberg ($50) all gave to Allen's primary campaign. Katherine Bradley of Citybridge (and KIPP and TFA) chipped in as well ($2,000), as did two other wealthy reformers: Joel Greenberg ($4,000) and Eric Brooks ($2,500), both of Susquehanna International Group.
Greenberg is one of the three SIG investors that gave $1.5 million to a pro-charter/voucher candidate for PA Governor, Sen. Anthony Williams, through Democrats for Education Reform.
Allen served on the board of directors of Imagine Schools, Inc, the for-profit management organization, in 2004 and 2005. Her reform organization also recently received a $275k donation from the Gates Foundation to develop a tool to "analyze real time education news."