For-profit schools take a course in politics

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Jim Spencer, Star Tribune

Capella Education CEO Kevin Gilligan has been doing a lot of politicking recently.

In recent months, Gilligan met personally with five members of Minnesota’s congressional delegation, including Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken. He met twice with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.

Minneapolis-based Capella — one of the nation’s larger for-profit colleges with an enrollment of 38,000 — also paid $100,000 last year for lobbyists to talk to legislators and regulators.”

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