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Defying the Odds

Defying the Odds
New book about the 2016 election.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Campaign Money from Higher Education

It's no secret that college professors are perceived as a bunch of raving liberals, and a deeper look at their campaign contributions by the Center for Responsive Politics mostly backs that up -- though certain types of schools tend to skew more left than others.
The lean is most pronounced at four-year institutions, medical schools and law schools, where faculty and other school staff donated overwhelmingly to Democrats in the 2012 election cycle.

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Personnel at medical schools gave 81 percent of their contributions to Democratic/liberal candidates and committees in the 2012 elections. For law school employees, the number was 87 percent.

And 81 percent of contributions from individuals working at four-year schools as well as two-year community colleges was deposited in Democratic coffers. (Our figures throughout this report include donations from spouses who listed "homemaker" or the equivalent as their occupation, but not those who had outside sources of income.)
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 Law school profs may not be big fans of Obama's view that students should be able to get their JDs in two years rather than three. The president knows whereof he speaks, though, being a Harvard Law alum. And in the 2012 cycle, Harvard took top honors among law school donors, giving the most and sending nearly 99 percent of its contributions to Democrats. The University of Chicago leaned even more liberal, giving a full 100 percent of its campaign donations to the Dems.