The PTA has a vast network of affiliates, and one of its selling points has been its tremendous influence in the corridors of state capitols and Washington, D.C.
PTO Today offers such services as insurance, resource kits and advice to independent parent-teacher organizations nationwide. Sullivan said last year that 90 percent of his company's income comes from sponsorships and advertising, including in its magazine. He has declined to provide financial details.
The lawsuit had also accused PTO Today of deceptively hinting it has a relationship with the PTA as a way to secure advertising for its website and magazine, something Sullivan adamantly denied. PTO is a generic term for independent parent-teacher groups.